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Learning on the job: the benefits of apprenticeships to employer and employee

As a recruitment agency that’s also heavily involved in the community, we can’t stop talking about the many benefits of apprenticeships. These positions give young people and career-changers the opportunity to study for a work-based qualification that is often the first stepping stone in a bright career. Our apprentice, Kyra Wallace, recently completed her time[…..]

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You never know where a temp job might take your career

Sixteen years ago, I was doing a temping job as a receptionist when the owner of the agency approached me to see if I fancied a go at recruitment. Always open to opportunity, I said yes.  Here we are 16 years later and I’m the Operations Director at Wote Street People.  Now, I could tell[…..]

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Santa needs his Elves early

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I don’t know about you, but it seems the minute the mid-Summer Solstice has happened we start thinking about Christmas.  Who’s going where and when.  Who wants what, who doesn’t want anything and who is going hide in their bedroom all day. You may think this is all a bit early.  However, many of our[…..]

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Get the best staff with flexible working

Flexible working brings a more diverse pool of candidates – and could they be so wrong they’re right, like chocolate covered pork scratchings? Honestly, it’s a thing!  Belgian chocolate pork scratchings – it works because it is like “salted caramel on steroids”. It’s that whole salt/sweet combo but taken to another level, you first get[…..]

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Back to school, back to work – temping and part time jobs in Basingstoke

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Summer came in like a lion and fizzled out like a camp fire made out of damp wood.  It appears that Autumn is upon us already. It definitely has its advantages other than the chance to kick our way through oceans of leaves & smell the woodsmoke of bonfires; it’s often the time to think[…..]

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He who cares, wins

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We’re all aware of the motto for the SAS: he who dares, wins.  Well, here at Wote Street People, we feel this is pertinent to recruitment for job vacancies in Basingstoke too, albeit with a change of one word, from ‘dare’ to ‘care’. What we mean by this is really caring about which job vacancies[…..]

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They liked what they heard about us

Not all job agencies in Basingstoke are the same but we reckon there is one thing we’d all agree on –  our industry is all about talking to people. At Wote Street People we’re on an ongoing quest to make sure that we’re meeting our customers’ expectations; that’s why we send out a feedback form[…..]

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What’s your emergency? Police, fire, ambulance…or temp?

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It’s Monday morning… …the alarm didn’t go off, one of the kids spilt their breakfast down their school uniform, the dog escaped again, you got stuck in traffic with precisely minus-12 minutes to go until your presentation and then you finally got to the office to discover the receptionist is off with the ‘flu. Or[…..]

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How much should students get paid?

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Student pay Studying is beginning to wind down for many, and students are beginning their summer temping job search to earn some money – but how much should students expect to get paid? Temporary student jobs can be easy to come by, although they don’t always pay a worthwhile hourly rate. National Living Wage On[…..]

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Not So Great Expectations – part 1

Although it was a last minute arrangement, my work experience placement at Wote Street People, a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, has been excellent all round. Not only was I kept busy constantly, which got me doing lots of different things, I was welcomed into the office by the friendly workers present there by all manners[…..]

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23 Sep 2020

What is Mental Health First Aid? – Guest Blog by Clare Davis, Director of Nova Associates

What do you think Mental Health first Aid is? When I tell people I am a Mental Health first Aid instructor, I often get asked, “Are you a counsellor” or “Are you a psychologist?” Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is not about fixing people. It is not about being a therapist. Regular (physical) First Aid[…..]

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17 Sep 2020

Opening minds and opening doors: the benefits of outplacement services

This summer, more than 300,000 people were put at risk of redundancy as UK businesses struggled to survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures from the Insolvency Service, requested by the BBC, showed that companies across the country had reportedly filed 305,427 positions at risk of redundancy. This figure is almost seven times higher[…..]

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13 Aug 2020

Drowning under a sea of job applications?

COVID-19 has changed the working world beyond all recognition. Just last year, we were recruiting for jobs in Basingstoke in a candidate-led market, where applicants were spoilt for choice and employers had to fight to pin down the best talent. Fast forward to summer 2020, and the tide has certainly turned… Businesses whose profits have[…..]

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30 Jul 2020

Meet Wote Street People’s consultants:

Like many companies, lockdown made us reconsider how we work. Not shy of adventure, we were hot off the press in finding and sharing new ways to keep productive and stay keep connected to our team, customers, and candidates.  Our new working solutions have worked so well that it got us pondering…Do we really need[…..]

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23 Jun 2020

In the pursuit of happiness: Supporting the M3 Job Club and other community groups

Part of our culture at Wote Street is about giving back.  Our core values are: we listen, we consult, we care and that fits perfectly with all of the charities and community groups we support locally. The Pink Place – supporting people affected by cancer Basingstoke Consortium & Skillstree – helping young people to gain[…..]