This award recognises effective approaches to the selection, recruitment and retention of employees. The judge looked for successful examples of developing and motivating staff, and innovative ways of attracting the right applicants. New methods of recruiting, measuring and assessing capability and performance, career management, succession planning and competency testing were all relevant. The judge also sought evidence of organisations gaining a competitive advantage from their strategies.
Hays Human Resources, part of Hays plc, is one of the UK's leading specialist HR recruitment consultancies. It places people in permanent, temporary and lucrative interim jobs across the entire spectrum of generalist and HR positions, and provides exceptional levels of service for both candidates and clients, taking great care to identify the right people for the right positions.
Jane Burt runs her own HR consultancy, with clients such as BP and the Samaritans. She has also held senior HR roles in the financial services sector at companies including Abbey, Liffe and PKF, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, start-ups and cost reduction. Burt's non-executive work includes roles for a number of charities.
The Activate Partnership
The team: The Activate Partnership
Number in team: 20 Number in HR function: 84 Number of employees HR is responsible for: 17,000
About the organisation
'Activate', which stands for Assisting Communities to identify Vocational Areas of Training and Employment, is a partnership project between Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Birmingham, the children's and women's hospitals in Birmingham, and the region's Strategic Health Authority.
To address business-critical staff shortages, improve the employment prospects of disadvantaged groups, and engage with local communities. The organisations also wanted to demonstrate the NHS's ability to lead on training and diversity.
What the organisation did
It set up Activate to improve access for black and minority ethnic (BME) groups to fully support its equal opportunities policy and, in conjunction with West Midl