FastFutures Early Workforce Recruiter

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Title: FastFutures Early Workforce Recruiter

Location:  UK Remote (With occasional travel to West London Office)

Role: Permanent

About Avado Here at Avado, we believe in unlocking potential and changing lives. We are a professional academy that helps people and companies transform and grow through interactive learning experiences in data, finance, people, technology, and marketing. Our connected learning approach combines deep expertise, collaborative learning, scalable technology, and award-winning learning design to deliver learner experiences for people who want real change. 

FastFutures

FastFutures was developed by Avado in the midst of the global pandemic in 2020 as an initiative to support those aged 18-24 learn crucial digital business skills to increase their employability. Alongside the digital skill set there is an opportunity for the learners to build their network with some of the UK’s biggest employers who have helped to develop and fund the programme. As well as addressing the employment problem facing those in this age group, we wanted to address the social inequality that is faced by many when looking to start their career. With this being said, FastFutures has positioned itself to be an accessibility champion for those from underrepresented backgrounds. To do this we have made the programme completely free and assess learners on natural ability, rather than numerical skills and literacy… but we’re still learning!

Due to the exposure and success our learners have had from the programme and the feedback we have received from both the employers and the learners, we’re now in our third cohort, with ambitions to be training over 10,000 students a year by 2022.  

The FastFutures team has grown from a team of 3 to 15 in 6 months, and will continue to grow and develop as we refine the programme and our offering; though our focus will always be to tackle the problems facing both the early workforce and employers.

Who we need: Part of our growth strategy is to start connecting learners with employers and help them gain employment. To do this we’re developing an early workforce success team to pair our learners with employers who are struggling to hire value-adding entry level employees and those who haven’t previously considered recruiting from this market before due to the risk and cost of training.

To support with this and other initiatives we’re looking to hire our first Early Workforce Recruiter to work closely with our Head of Talent, Attraction and Onboarding and Program Project Manager. The successful candidate will become part of the FastFutures team and will be responsible for establishing and managing the recruitment arms of the programme. As well as successfully placing our FastFutures alumni the role will also work on supporting our newest initiative FastTrack, our data training academy for FastFutures alumni. The role will be instrumental in establishing and leading the attraction, selection and placement processes to support the successful implementation and growth of the programme.  

What you’ll do: 

  • Help establish and run the new recruitment function of the FastFutures programme, managing the end to end process of placing FastFutures graduates
  • Support the FastTrack customers to employ top FastFutures alumni into their businesses to become Data Specialists.  
  • Conduct proactive marketing activities and build strong relationships with existing employer partners to ensure existing and upcoming job opportunities are posted exclusively with FastFutures.
  • Actively prospect for and grow relationships with new employers, building a reputation as their EWE recruiter, and encourage sponsorship of FastFutures programme through tailored stakeholder plans.     
  • Facilitate administration for all stages of the recruitment process, including liaising with employment contracts, and updating people systems 
  • Produce regular reports on placements for the FastFutures team, Avado board and external stakeholders.  
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset looking at ways to continuously improve the processes and activities.
  • Understand the skills and role of data analysts and other common entry level digital roles
  • Forecast and secure the demand for roles, particularly to support the recruitment for the Data FastTrack programme.
  • Maintain the same levels of high quality, frequent communication to candidates set by the FastFutures programme.

What we are looking for:

  • An ambitious, driven recruiter with experience working in the early workforce market.
  • A confident communicator who can engage effectively with Internal and external stakeholders, candidates and clients.
  • You're a problem solver – you take ownership and won’t settle until the problem is resolved.
  • You’re resilient and love to use any learnings to improve a process next time round
  • You thrive from working in a fast-paced environment and are comfortable with ambiguity.
  • You’re willing to get stuck in – we’re a small team so you’ll be happy to get into the detail.
  • You’re collaborative by nature, looking to work with & elevate those around you.
  • Excellent relationship building and stakeholder management skills.
  • Experience setting up new processes and ways of working.
  • Management experience advantageous but not essential.

What you’ll get:

And… just for being here, we offer you a culture that’s created and nurtured by super smart people and underpinned by our Values. Our Values of Accountability, Ambition, Care, Empowerment and Transparency were created for our people, by our people; they guide our thinking, decisions and actions, creating a truly unique place to work. You will also get a chance to be at the forefront of digital transformation and professional growth, enviable workspaces, serious personal development opportunity and a few nice job-related and lifestyle perks.

Lots of benefits including:

  • Holidays – 25 days plus bank public holidays, increasing by 1 day after 2 years and a further day after 4 years.
  • A day off on or around your birthday, and a birthday gift of your choice.
  • Discounts at 250+ retailers.
  • Free coffee from Caffe Nero or a pastry from Greggs, weekly, as well as a free film to stream and heavily discounted cinema tickets.
  • Cycle2Work scheme, even if work is predominantly at home!
  • Statutory pension and life assurance.
  • Great work life balance through flexi working/remote working.
  • Various opportunities to gain an immersive experience into the broad range of Avado products and proposition.
  • Virtual mindfulness activities on Mondays and Friday.
  • Periodic access to a professional business / executive coach
  • Curated personal development and learning tools, courtesy of Magpie (powered by Perkbox).
  • Periodic opportunities to coach 16–18-year-olds from under-privileged schools in London, because of our partnership with Future Frontiers.
  • Periodic opportunities to mentor learners on our FastFutures programme.

And we’re highly inclusive….

Avado is one of those rare places where anyone from anywhere with any background or experience is free to come and do their very best work. We believe in the diversity of thought, as that’s what helps us help our customers and learners – whether investing in their own development, or having their employer invest for them. Equality, diversity and inclusion are values that are critical to our success; come and see for yourself.  

 

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

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Perks & Benefits

  • Learning, Growth & Development 📚

    Being part of Avado means we can choose to study any of our programmes. In 'normal times' we also hosted regular 'Learning Days' (and these are subject to review now that we work in a more 'hybrid' way.) We have an incredible amount of expertise and talent across the business, so we want to spend time sharing, learning from each other, and celebrating it - we're currently working out how best to do this in the new world of work.

    Our learning philosophy is simple: Our Value of Empowerment, alongside our belief that each and every Avado person is on a unique developmental trajectory, according to our own individual needs and desires, have led us to:

    - Get access to an executive-level coach, on-demand, through our partnership with Bravely.

    - Have an opportunity to work in a more focused, programmatic coaching set up with a coach-in-training, through our partnership with the University of East London, Europe's leading institution for Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology research and teaching.

    - Either become a mentor for, or be mentored by, another Avado person.

    - Attend periodically-run leadership development workshops, where we share cutting-edge research in leadership thinking. This is then something we can work on with our coach, to make sure we're really making the most out of our leadership learning experience.

  • Work Life Balance ⚖

    Our purpose-built and always-evolving Hybrid Working Environment allows us to flex the place and time of our work. We invite anyone to work from anywhere within any of the countries we are legally permitted to employ people and where individuals have a legal right to work (UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.)

    Generally our philosophy is simple. If you can and want to work in our collaboration space in White City, West London, you are invited to do so. This will typically be for those times you need to work in-person with colleagues, clients, learners or partners. We also invite you to work from your home - you will just need to show us that you are sufficiently set up at home in order for us to consider your application.

    This flexibility allows us to make choices about how we work; typically, focused or confidential / sensitive work will be done at home, and collaborative / cooperative / coordinated work would be done in the office.

  • Mind and Body Health 🏋🏿

    For us, healthy people create a healthy business.

    On the mental health side, in addition to giving access to up to four structured counselling sessions with a qualified practitioner, we also try to make sure that work itself isn't taking a toll on our health or lives. We offer mindfulness practices on Mondays and Fridays to start and end the week in mindful bliss. (Oh, and because of Perkbox, we get free access to Aura, a leading Mindfulness app.)

    We over-communicate to make sure people feel as connected to the business and each other as possible. We also all have full visibility of where the business is going, how we're performing, and the difference we're making. All of these attributes of our culture are proven to create positive mental health outcomes.

    On the physical side, our partnership with Perkbox gives us access to a range of exercise and nutrition apps and other products.

  • Holiday 🌴

    Time off is very important in our business; we're all busy, we're all energised and we're all pursuing wonderful things. This can be tiring, especially when you layer on the complexities of our unique business and the ambiguity that is ever-present in the marketplace. So we are all strongly encouraged to make full use of our holiday entitlements:

    - We get 25 days holiday, plus relevant public holidays wherever you are based;

    - This increases to 26 days after 2 years' service, and to 27 days after 4 years' service;

    - We get our birthday off every year;

    - We can buy up to five additional holidays per year in January, subject to the salary sacrifice rules in place at the time.

  • Enhanced Time off with a New Born 🐣

    We offer up to 3 months' paid 'maternity leave' for eligible people (subject to the relevant laws at the time) in the UK. Following this, the statutory rates will apply.

  • Cycle to Work 🚲

    We are all able to participate in the UK Government's Bik2Work scheme, and at Avado that allows us to purchase a bicycle and equipment up to a limit of £2,500!

  • And a whole range of perks!

    From discounted cinema tickets to discounts on our grocery shopping or personal technology, we've got it covered thanks to our partnership with Perkbox.

Workplace & Culture

Our culture balances the support and structure of an established business, with a pace and adaptive environment more akin to a start up. We trust our people as adults to bring their entire self to what they do and to own the ‘how’ and ‘where’ of their work.

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