Rail Bulletin: March 2014


Security, safety and control  of our workforce are at the heart of all of our Divisions within Branches across the UK. None more-so than for our Rail Division, supplying a workforce regularly operating in situations in which are safety critical with any negligence having far reaching repercussions.

This month we have released the first of our regular monthly safety bulletins.


Head of Rail for Dutton International, Howard Slinger who has commissioned the monthly broadcast commented:

Because of its highly volatile nature, supplying the Rail Industry requires so much additional support for our deployed workforce. Provision of PPE, Sponsorship, Training and an enhanced level of management. The publication of a regular Bulletin through which to inform and communicate to our stakeholders is essential, going forward. Our service is valued not just on the provision of Temporary and Contract Labour but also on the clear and concise information they are provided with.

For further information on working with or using the services of our Rail Team throughout the UK, email rail@duttoninternational.com

Our Consultant and the Recruitment Cycle

At the finish line as Julie completes her Olympic duties


As was mentioned in a recent article in the Recruiter Magazine we have been proud to have had one of our staff seconded for the last two months to work on  the Olympics and Paralympics. Julie who has volunteered her time for over 17 years to British Cycling as an events organiser and commissar amongst many other roles was involved in the Olympics from the word go.

Cycling plays a huge part in Julie’s life. It is her past time as well as a second job to her. Whilst supporting the sport she also met her husband 5 years ago in Tobago.

(Left) Julie is 3rd in on the left hand side of this photo of the officials that made the Cycling events possible. (Right) A Press photo shows Julie in an Olympic race acting as Commissar

Julie works for Dutton International as a Health & Social Care Consultant supplying major  organisations with Recruitment and Payroll support in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions. Based from our Alexandra House, Leeds Branch Julie has 17 years of Recruitment experience behind her and strengthens the brand with her approach to achieving standards in Recruitment.

We caught up with Julie on her return to find out a little more about her Olympic experience:

Julie, welcome back, how was your time at the Olympics?

It was fun, it was tiring, it was a once in a lifetime experience!

What was your impression of the Games?

Seeing the games come together from two weeks before the opening ceremony, I watched the final pieces being put together to make  a wonderful jigsaw. They certainly exceeded my expectations, nothing was left to chance, everything expertly put together. It was the atmosphere and friendliness that really hit home this was the peoples games in a time of austerity. Nothing prepared you for the sheer volume in a venue when Great Britain won a gold medal, the decibels were unbelievable, that I will never forget in a hurry.

Where were you did you stay?

I stayed at the Custom House near Excel, close enough for the DLR link to get to the Olympic Park. Small basic put functional.

Dutton International has had a first-hand involvement in the construction of  several Olympic Venues, what did you make of them?

They were the best of their kind certainly the Olympic  Velodrome I would class as the best in the world at this present moment in time. The workers excelled themselves on the Olympic stadium and the grounds which were a Kew Gardens within the complex.

Does your role as a Recruiter benefit you in any way in supporting British Cycling?

It helps work well under pressure and nothing fazes you, just a deep breath and carry on calmly. It also helps with the organisational side of things at events.  A manager of officials, cyclists and family surrounding them is just like a recruiter.

How does it feel to return back to the Recruitment Industry after a 2 month break?

It feels like I’ve never been away, however the memories keep coming back quite often, I consider it a privilege to work at the Olympics as an Official in my own country.


Welcome back Julie and well done!!

Dutton to sponsor Construction Best Practice Awards 2012

This year Dutton International is proud to be sponsoring the Construction Best Practice Awards 2012 in association with YORhub and YORbuild.

Since the inaugural series of Awards in  2007, the Construction Excellence Awards have become one of the leading built environment awards in the UK. The Awards aer unique both in terms of coverage and format. The awards have now grown to include nine regional awards ceremonies emcompassing ten regionsof the UK. The series of Awards culminates in a national final which will take place in London in November.

14 Individual awards categories will be awarded on the night and many of the countries top construction and development organisations will be involved. Dutton International are proud to be sponsoring the “Leadership & People Development” award, an area which as a key national supplier of Recruitment Services to the Construction Industry we are proud to be involved in.

The luxurious Alea in Leeds

The event will be held at the Alea Casino, Clarence Dock, Leeds on Friday, October 12th. Seats for the event are still available HERE.

We look forward to seeing our leaders of the Construction and Development industry on the night and wish all awards nominees the best of luck for what is expected to be a fantastic night.

Link up Qualification aids Rail Department growth

Rail Recruitment arrives at Leeds

In line with our latest growth initiative; our recently formed Rail Specialist Department based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, have, this month been audited and have qualified to hold the Link Up Accreditation, which is monitored by Achilles, the industry standard body.

With this accreditation, the latest in a string of quality standards officially awarded to Dutton International, our Rail Department will now be able to grow its seamless supply to rail projects which will add to our already strong capacity for recruitment. Areas of supply are now set to include:

  • Rail installation
  • Rail maintainence
  • Underground rail projects
  • Bridge work
  • Track-side projects
  • High speed rail projects
  • Rail freight networks
  • Railway station work

David Bracken, Manager of the Leeds Branch said:

Adding a specialist rail division to our already multi-disciplined branch will enhance the growth of the branch, hopefully in a manner we haven’t seen before. Through acquisitions and head hunting of prime recruitment talent in the region my branch has gone from strength to strength. Creating a rail specialist team seemed for us to be the natural progression the brand should take, our key competitors in the region have done so and, not before the time was right, it was apparent that to grow we must do the  same. I am confident that this latest enhancement to the group will prove to be a profitable addition.

It is hoped that Rail service provision will now be introduced to other strategic branches throughout the group and that our reputation for quality and service will become recognised within the rail industry.

This latest addition comes in line with the 2012 Brand growth strategy which the group has launched which will see office upgrades, Staff investment, recruitment and acquisitions across the brand. Dutton Blog will keep you updated with all of our latest advances across the UK.

For further information about our Rail Department and their capacity to supply your business or for opportunities to find work in the Rail Sector, please call  0113 877 345

New growth in West Yorkshire

David de Livio Joins Dutton International

Dutton International has a long standing reputation in Construction Recruitment in the West Yorkshire area and up until the early 2000’s we had a prominent office in the area. Over time our strategy involved us moving the management of our West-Yorkshire operations to our flagship Sheffield Branch. In 2009 we acquired Esprit People Ltd, a specialist agency supporting Industrial and Engineering Recruitment based in Leeds. In 2010 we moved all West Yorkshire operations back to Leeds and into our brand new Alexandra House, Leeds office and have since launched a thriving Engineering, Industrial and Healthcare recruitment service, once again, under the Dutton banner in Leeds. In October 2011 we began again to operate our West Yorkshire Construction service from Leeds. David de Livio is our newest member of the team who, with the support of the group behind him is managing our operation from the LS11 location.

We have caught up with David today to discuss his new appointment as Construction Manager with Dutton International.

David, welcome to Dutton International, how are you settling in?

I’m settling in really well. Dutton has a fantastic structure for supporting its Consultants and Managers and an established base of clients and workers across the region. It’s great to be part of a progressive team.

What encouraged you to work with Dutton International?

Dutton has been in business for almost 30 years and has the kind of structure that you don’t tend to find in newer companies. They have a reputation that proceeds them for quality service and strong resources. Throughout my career in Recruitment I have come across Dutton on many occasions and have at times competed against them to work with various Clients. I felt that the time was right for me to get on-board and bring my skills to their organisation and so to further my career.

What are your aims now you’ve settled in to the new Leeds Branch?

I really just want to get my head down and press on with supporting the brand. We have a mighty reputation in this region and I want to capitalise on that to make the most of my role and to bring as much business as possible to the new branch.

What are the biggest hurdles to overcome in Construction in the area?

We’re at the back end of a recession right now. Money has been tight for many contractors and many projects have been shelved or scaled down over the last 2 years. Work is picking up now in a big way and the most time consuming factor in my role tends to be communicating to clients that our service is really affordable and can in many ways enhance the profitability and of the typical construction project.

Where do you intend to take the branch in the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months I see the department continuing to thrive. I would like to build the team and am always looking for strong recruiters to bring to the brand, I guess I’ll continue to keep an eye out for Recruitment Consultants that have the capacity to be part of my team. Over the next 12 months I’m going to be developing our existing preferred suppliers agreements and seeking out new business across the region and introducing our service to those who aren’t aware of our specialist provision within the construction sector.

For further information about the service that David and his team offer he is available at our Leeds Branch