Pertemps - champion of race equality

Established over 50 years ago, Pertemps is a national recruitment solutions provider dealing with all areas of human resources capital. This includes temporary, permanent and contract positions across the public and private sector from SMEs (small to medium enterprises) to larger blue chip companies. It is one of the UK’s largest independent recruitment businesses with over 100 branches employing 500+ people.

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Pertemps is focused on an ambitious growth plan and the skills, knowledge, aspirations and diversity of its people are fundamental to achieving this. 

The company’s vision statement is “to create a fully inclusive company, owned and driven by its people, pioneering the future of the recruitment industry.”  Creating and embedding behaviours and strategies that maximise the benefits of diversity are an integral part of the company’s future success among its key stakeholders.

The chairman of Pertemps, Carmen Watson, is of mixed parentage.  Having joined the company as a secretary, she has risen up the ranks to head up the £350m turnover business. She proactively champions initiatives that underpin the company’s diversity strategies.
Carmen Watson is also board member of Race for Opportunity. 

“Companies who embrace race diversity and deliver change now will be the businesses who benefit in the long run, in terms of an enriched workplace culture and improved business performance. “That said, from our own experience we know there are no quick fixes and it takes time and commitment to integrate strategies with long term benefits. But, not doing it is unthinkable for a business like ours where people are at the heart of everything we do.”

- Carmen Watson,
Chairman Pertemps and Race for Opportunity Leadership Board Member

Initiatives being undertaken, and their impact on organisational performance or culture.
Pertemps is particularly proud of its involvement with the Future Stars programme.  This initiative is aimed at people from minority and ethnic groups aged between 13 and 15. 
Pertemps organised workshops for students at an inner city school with the aim of helping them learn and develop new skills to help them become ‘job ready’, to build their confidence in preparing themselves for interviews, and to help them think more clearly about the choices they can make when they enter the world of work.
The students, 80% who were from BAME backgrounds, gained a ‘real life’ perspective of the working environment in terms of skills and attitude, and along with a client of Pertemps, gained insight into areas such as teamwork, interview techniques, CV preparation, and presentation and communication skills. 
The head teacher at the school said: “Students responded positively to each situation and they all agreed that they definitely benefited from the advice and feedback given to them.”
Students were asked to report their level of satisfaction in terms of the training and information they received, they felt more confident about the world of work and having interviews, and their ability to prepare a CV.  There was a resounding 100% satisfaction level.
These types of initiatives strengthen our culture by endorsing the qualities of having a diverse workforce.


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