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How to Recruit, Train and Retain Talent

  • Sunday, 6 January, 2019 - 13:00 to Sunday, 6 January, 2019 - 15:00
  • Metro Bank, 40-46 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3HB, Bristol,
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • sme, start up, professionals, students, recruitment, individuals, business


The Future Economy Network is excited to be welcoming representatives from NUS, We Are DNA – Employee Value proposition and subscribers Cabot Training who will be discussing how they are managing the challenges of Recruiting, Training and Retaining Talent in The Future Economy.

As the UK economy enters a period of unprecedented uncertainty a recent survey of 300 in-house and agency recruiters, revealed a staggering 83.9% saying that a lack of relevant talent is one of the main challenges they’re facing right now.

What’s more, the Office of National Statistics continues to report on unemployment being at its lowest rate for well over 40 years, suggesting more people are in work and not actively looking for jobs.

Bristol currently enjoys an impressive Employment rate of 76.6%. 

Recruiting, Training and retaining staff in 2019, the focus has to be about building and maintaining an active and live network as a talent pipeline for current and future needs, training and developing existing staff.

This will help in reducing time-to-hire as well as shaping the employer brand , with many recognising the importance of using sustainability as a recruiting tool.

John Tarrant, Managing Partner, We Are DNA will be talking about how for many organisations constant change and ‘Doing more with less’ is the new normal and, in an employment market where lack of competitive edge can be terminal for some businesses, your EVP and an effective and compelling employer brand are essential weapons to have in your armoury. Your Employer Value Proposition is your statement of intent as to what you stand for as an employer and how you want to be known in the audiences that matter to you. It is the basis of your reputation as an employer and to what extent your People Plan will be able to deliver for the Business Plan. John will outline how to develop your Employer Value Proposition and Employer Brand and, critically, how to operationalise them within your business to deliver transparent ROI. He’ll share some client examples and hopefully provide some valuable tips and insight which you can apply in your own business immediately. All in ten minutes. (!)

Karen Brasier, Director, Cabot Training will provide an insight on how leaders can leverage training to ignite results. Most organisations accept that training is worthwhile and yet most initiatives fizzle or fail! Her presentation pulls her experiences as an operations director in an LED Lighting company exporting to over 40 countries(GDS) and her work with Greg Schinkel International author of Employees not doing what you expect and Fusion or Fizzle – linking training to executive priorities.



13:00 - 13:15 - Registration

13:15 - 13:25 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

13:25 - 13:35 – Meg Baker, NUS

13:35 – 13:45 – Karen Brasier, Cabot Training

13:45 - 13:55 – John Tarrant, We Are DNA

13:55 - 14:15 - Richard Murphy, Director of Recruitment

14:15 - 14:20 - Q&A

14:20 - 14:25 - 60 Second Pitches

14:25 - 14:30 - Close

14:30 - 15:00 - Networking and Nibbles

Get to know our speakers!

John Tarrant, Managing Partner, We Are DNA

DNA help clients create stronger brands and better businesses as we help them find, keep and engage the staff they need. Clients include Superdry, Joules, Halfords, Cath Kidston, Bristol Community Health, Medvivo, One Care, Pets at Home, Aldermore Bank, Lifetime, James Tobias and Bath Building Society among others.  We also have some Charity, pro bono, 'one man band' and smaller SME clients, which we're proud to accompany on their respective journeys. DNA have an enviable track record in helping clients increase the quality and decrease the cost of their attraction, engagement and retention in the short term whilst ensuring a legacy of improvement for the future. Critically they can prove ROI on attraction and employee engagement  Outside of work, John loves his family, likes to keep fit (or less fat) and eats and drinks an equal amount of the right and wrong things. He's like to be able to sing, but can't. He'd like to be able to dance, but isn't much better at that either.

Richard Murphy, Director of Recruitment, The Future Economy Group

Richard is a highly experienced recruiter of over twenty years standing. Recently joining The Future Economy Group to develop and offer Recruitment services in the Sustainability sector to our powerful membership network. He has a background in the Third sector, where he was delivering Employability services for Tomorrows People a Youth Employability Charity and more recently helping responsible businesses achieve a sustainable approach with Business in the Community. Richard is passionate about the power of networking and the value in trusted business relationships and enjoys letting everyone know he is also a proud Welshman! Outside of work he enjoys reading, comedy clubs and makes a fine Victoria sandwich!


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