The Cardiff Branch are pleased to welcome Michelle Letherby to their Engineering Team this March!
An innovative business development, client relationship professional with wide experience in local and global, fast-moving and customer focused operations. Michelle has covered a number of technical niche markets from Heavy Lift, Oil & Gas and Mining Equipment both blue collar and white collar roles within the UK and Overseas, including EMEA, Asia, Australia, Russia and CIS. Having spent 4 years running her own business she is well versed in building strategic and constructive relationships with both candidates and clients and believes that first class customer service and open and honest communication is the most important and valuable element of retaining and building client and candidate relationships.
The REC and Jobcentre Plus have agreed a Diversity Pledge to deliver best practice in Recruitment. The emphasis is on harnessing talent and potential and demonstrating that diversity is a necessity not a choice in todays workplace.The pledge promises to value and harness the differences between people, actively seek to identify diverse candidate pools, review all aspects of the employment process to eradicate unjustifiable discrimination and promote recruitment and selection best practice in accordance with the REC’s agreed standards
Confirming our position as a "Diversity Pledged Recruiter"
The Pledge was originally launched in 2005 and has been rejuvenated in 2013 to shine a further spotlight upon the delivery of equality conscious recruitment processes being applied throughout the industry. Today we have acknowledged and signed the pledge and are proud to be operating as a “Diversity Pledged Recruiter”.
Over our 30 operational years we have won accolades and recognition for our commitment to equal opportunities recruitment. Ranging from external qualification and verification through audits to industry and local authority recognition. We are also proud holders of the “Positive about Disabled People” symbol symbol.
We believe that our signing the latest pledge today further outlines our commitment ton continuing our role as a responsible and ethical Recruitment Business
Over our 30 years in business we have consistently pledged our support to a wide range of charities within the localities of our Branches as well as to many national and international charitable causes.
Beginning this year we are taking a new approach. We are enhancing our level of charitable giving and have pledged to donate £10,000 per year for the next 3 years to the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield. On top of this corporate pledge totaling £30,000, events are also being planned by our Staff to increase the overall amount of the donation and, hopefully, find various ways to match the level of our corporate pledge through a series of events.
Work starts this Spring on a £40m extension to the Hospital
The Children’s Hospital is the worlds second Pediatric Hospital built in 1876 to provide health care solely for children, second only to Great Ormond Street In London. At a time when infant mortality rates were at their height, the Hospital pioneered a service replicated the world over that has seen infant mortality decreased and for over 130 years has been pioneering research benefiting children across the globe.
We have chosen to support this Charity as, although it based in Sheffield, the hospital has Children on its wards from every town and city in the country and supports referrals from a further 33 countries. Commencing this Spring, work will begin on a £40m extension to the Hospital building which will provide much needed space and improved facilities for the provision of care. The wing will also provide better facilities for parents who stay with their children throughout their on-going care and support their rehabilitation and return home. We consider the Hospital to be a national asset that serves every corner of the country and furthermore has set precedents in Pediatric care across the globe.
Through our blog we will keep you updated with the developments with the Children’s Hospital Charity and our activities taking place across the country to raise funds for this incredible cause.
Dutton International is once again proud to be sponsoring the 9th Annual Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition. The event which supports the artistic development of schoolchildren from across the region and provides a platform for aspiring Young Artists is taking place this year at The Skyline Suite, Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May
The Sheffield Young Artists annual event, now regarded as the largest children’s art exhibition in the UK, is fast becoming the breeding ground for young artists to gain national recognition. For the second year running a Sheffield student has been awarded the title of ‘Student of the Year with The Royal Society of British Artists’.
Sheffield is rapidly earning a reputation as one of UK’s leading centres for Children’s Art.
Ariana Chetty, a student at Silverdale School (pictured above), will have her painting of her ‘Mother’ on display at the NADFAS /RBA Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London in March. Ariana’s painting is one of only 20 selected from over 450 submitted by young artists throughout the UK.
An incredibly successful offshoot of the program sees funds donated by Dutton International used to purchase additional arts materials which are shipped to Zimbabwe where a similar artistic program takes place with the help of Rotary International Volunteers who work with orphaned Children.
The last 12 months have been a truly remarkable point in the time-line of the development of Dutton International. We have been proud to mark our 30th year in business within the Recruitment Industry and quite unintentionally our anniversary year has also coincided with a year filled with accolades and recognition of our outstanding capacity to provide the most formidable and high quality recruitment services within the Industries we supply.The year has also been the most profitable in our enviable 30 year history.
September 2012 saw us recognised for our outstanding annual growth in the BHP Rapid Growth Survey 2012. The survey is produced by award winning Accountancy group Barber, Harrison & Platt and is regionally distributed online and through print media. Our outstanding growth and increased turnover which grew by 54% saw us ranked in 20th place.
November 2012 saw Dutton International recognised, and not for the first time, as one of the worlds top 250 recruitment companies by Recruitment International based upon our size, turnover and coverage. We were also fortunate enough to be invited to their awards ceremony where, although we weren’t fortunate enough to win the awards we hoped to, we were nominated and shortlisted alongside some of the top U.K and worldwide Recruitment professionals. We were honoured to be shortlisted for:
- Entrepreneur of the year – Matthew Davison, Dutton International Group Managing Director
- The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £10 – £40 Million
- The Growth Company Of The Year
And finally; this month we have been listed, for the first time ever, in the Recruiter Magazine‘s “Fast 50” chart, published in this months print edition of the magazine. Ranked amongst some of the top U.K. and worldwide companies we have found our place for the first time in recognition of our growth and status within the industry.
We consider our on-going development to be testament to the hard work and motivation of our staff across the country and the relationships we maintain with our Clients. As we enter 2013 we would like to hope for yet another unforgettable year.
Kimberly-Clarke's Barton-on-Humber facility is to close
In October last year the major American firm Kimberly-Clark, known globally for its sanitary products, announced that it would be closing its Barton-on-Humber operation in 2013.
As a result Kimberly-Clarke in conjunction with North Lincolnshire Council and JobCentre Plus have arranged a job fair to take place today. Dutton International will be hosting a stand at the event, registering new workers and providing employment information. The event has been organised to support almost 400 workers who are facing redundancy.
As a key supplier of Engineering Staff to the Manufacturing and FMCG industries in the region, Dutton International is in a prime position to support the highly-skilled Staff from the group in finding their way into new employment following the closure.
Although closing this site, Kimberly-Clarke continues to be a successful America-based group with its main European operation located in Italy and products retailing globally.
Aiden Collins from Beckstone Primary School, Workington is presented with his winning entry and a brand new bike courtesy of Dutton International
As mentioned previously on the Dutton International blog; we have been supporting one of our Clients Willmott Dixon in their endeavors across the country to support communities in areas in which they are working.
This week (and just in time for Christmas) we have donated bicycles, as promised, to the winners of a road safety campaign run by Willmott Dixon in schools in Cumbria and Essex.
Schoolchildren were tasked with creating road safety posters and the winning artists were chosen and prizes awarded.
Revington Junior School, Essex
St Marys Junior School, Essex
SJSC Junior School, Essex
Melanie Watson, Senior Customer and Community Officer for Willmott Dixon said:
Communities are at the heart of all of our projects and naturally supporting the next generation of those communities is key to their development. Cycling and road safety are key issues for youngsters right across the country and an area that we are really proud to support and encourage
Time and time again we are proud to be able to support our clients and their initiatives and this latest event has been testament to our resolve to connect with our Clients and become an intrinsic part of the way that they work. On behalf of the Management Team across our branches we would like to thank all children that took part in the road safety campaign and congratulate Willmott Dixon on their initiative.
Our Branch Branch is continuing to grow their offering to the Movember cause and 3 weeks into the charitable event, all are sporting an interesting array of near nostril growth as you can see from the accompanying photos.
So far just under £100 has been raised and the team are asking for anyone and everyone to click HEREand donate to this incredibly important cause.
The team sporting 3 weeks worth of growth