Centrica shares its recruitment advice

Energy
firm Centrica has published a guide to recruiting disadvantaged people,
following a successful campaign.

The
practical guide advises companies on how to integrate staff that have been
recruited from traditionally disadvantaged areas.

Centrica
started its own campaign in 1998 by training and employing 50 people who were
disabled, unemployed, lone parents or over the age of 50.

Wendela
Currie, HR projects manager at the firm, said the scheme was then rolled out
across the country, eventually taking on more than 160 staff from a variety of
backgrounds.

"The
guide covers the practical side of employing people from disadvantaged
backgrounds and how companies can improve the support systems for staff,"
she said.

The
company is looking to recruit outside its usual pool because of skills
shortages in the call centre and engineering sectors.

By Ross Wigham

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