As the New Year fast approaches, Centric take a moment to reflect on the year passed. For us, 2018 has involved lots of changes to our business, some big, others small but all have shaped us to where we are at the end of this year. We started 2018 with the launch of our brand new website. The business had grown and developed since we began and we wanted our online presence to reflect this. We gave the website a complete overhaul to ensure it was engaging, easy to use for our clients and candidates and encompassed all the sectors we now cover. In 2017 we launched a number of new Divisions including Construction and Driving, both of which have grown rapidly in 2018. It’s been such a success that we have made multiple appointments at junior and senior levels to meet the demand. We are extremely proud of how far these divisions have come in such a small space of time and are committed to building upon this in the future. As well as growing our teams, we have also opened two new branches, taking our total to nine! The latest branches to open are Aberdare and Avonmouth, the latter marking our first expansion outside of Wales. It’s been an exciting time and with two new branch managers in place, both are going from strength to strength. In March, Centric were headline sponsors of the Welsh Contact Centre Awards. This was the third consecutive year we headlined as sponsors and we are proud to have played a part in recognising the best talent in the contact centre industry. We continue to work with the WCCF in order to ensure our contact centre division can offer unrivalled support to businesses. As a business we have also taken time to evaluate how we can improve our processes and be the best we can be. Part of this led to us signing up as members of Stronger Together, an organisation dedicated to tacking modern slavery. We have upskilled our workforce to notice potential warning signs of modern slavery and are committed to ensuring that our processes will highlight anything suspicious. It hasn’t all been hard work, this year we chose Breast Cancer Care Cymru as the charity we wanted to support. Our teams have taken part in a number of events throughout the year to raise money for this fantastic cause. Highlights have included the Gung Ho obstacle course and a few very brave members took on the Saundersfoot Triathlon! We also had a summer party for all our employees which involved hiring 3 barges on the canal at Goytre Wharf and ending the year on a high at the staff Christmas Party. All in all, 2018 has been a great success for Centric Recruitment and we plan to continue this into the New Year. Thank you to all who have worked with us, candidates, clients and employees alike. Happy New Year!
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year and we’re not the only ones who feel it, many businesses do too! Think about the rise in the number of deliveries that need sorting and posting, the rate that chocolates and other treats fly off the supermarket shelves and the venues that are jam packed with Christmas parties. All this extra demand means that many businesses need to recruit additional staff and this has numerous benefits for those people looking for work, some of which you may not have thought of! Earn yourself some extra money Perhaps the most obvious advantage of getting a Christmas job is the opportunity to earn extra money at one of the most expensive times of the year! Lots of companies need additional staff around Christmas meaning they’ll offer attractive hourly rates, scope for overtime and perhaps even some staff discounts and rewards on top! You can feel less guilty Christmas shopping knowing that you’re bringing in some extra cash this season. Experience Getting a temporary job over Christmas is a great way to fill any gaps of unemployment on your CV and demonstrates that you are motivated and driven. While it may not be your first choice of career, temping is a way to build on your skills set and try out different types of work until a job in your field becomes available. Learning new skills not only enhances your CV but gives you more experience to draw from at interviews, increasing your chances of being employed in future roles. You may even discover you have some hidden talents! Long term prospects Christmas temping is a prime chance to get your foot in the door. Some of the biggest brands take on additional staff to meet increased demand and by making a great impression it is more likely you will be considered for any permanent roles within the company. The internal contacts you make while you are there can be extremely valuable to you in the future so be sure to think ahead and leave a positive impression. So, if you want to keep busy, enhance your CV and earn yourself some extra money before indulging in the extravagance of Christmas, contact Centric today to find out about our opportunities! Call: 0845 872 0108 or visit our website
Every year, as a business, Centric aligns themselves to a chosen charity and aims to raise as much money as possible as a collective team. This year was no different and with Breast Cancer Care Cymru being our focus, our employees have been committed to the challenge. Having held collection buckets at large events and taken on obstacle courses in a bid to raise money, the next challenge was a bit of a step up. Two brave members of the Centric team, Scott Lanyon (Regional Sales Manager) and Steve Matthews (Commercial Director), took on the Saundersfoot Triathlon! This was completely out of both Steve and Scott’s comfort zones with neither of them owning wetsuits, road bikes or ever swam in the sea before! They both committed to gruelling training sessions in all weather conditions, think torrential rain and that intense heatwave we had. There were also a number of close encounters with jelly fish in their swimming training! On the day of the triathlon there were some unexpected challenges; one being the weather, the other being a puncture on Scott’s bike. No matter how tough it got, knowing they were raising money for an amazing charity kept them focussed until the end. Steve commented: “It’s so important to give something back and we couldn’t have picked a more worthy cause. Cancer is a horrible disease that has touched far too many lives and any small step to erasing it completely from this planet is a step worth taking in my eyes. We only wish we could do more.” The whole of the Centric team are incredibly proud of Steve and Scott not only for their amazing comiittment but that they raised over £600 for Breast Cancer Care Cymru. Scott has since told us that not only has he kept up the swimming, he will definitely compete in another triathlon in 2019 – watch this space! You can follow our fundraising efforts and donate to this incredible cause here.