DLR recruitment event success for local candidates

 In Employment, News

ISS, a multinational facility services company, is committed to supporting the reduction of local unemployment by creating access to job opportunities for local residents across its contracts. As one of ELBA’s corporate partners and an active member of its Skills and Employment Board, ISS approached ELBA about assisting with the recruitment of specialist roles as Revenue Protection Officer on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

After an initial scoping meeting to better understand the roles and type of candidate the company needed to ensure the success of its DLR contract, ELBA’s Project Manager recommended that we host an Open Day to promote the roles and attract suitable candidates. When recruiting to roles like these, CVs can often act as a barrier for many candidates but an Open Day provides an opportunity for individuals to fully sell their transferable skills. The event was promoted to more than 50 community organisations including local job centres and local authorities and attracted around 20 candidates. At the open day, Gerald Maxwell Achilihu, ISS DLR Revenue and Security Contract Manager, gave a presentation about ISS and more specifically the DLR contracts. Candidates were then asked to complete various exercises to demonstrate their skills and attributes before being offered a one-to-one interview with Gerald. Candidates also had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session and find out more about ISS, its ethos and its employees.

Following the event and subsequent interviews, six candidates were offered jobs pending the successful completion of intensive revenue protection training and Support to BTP policing Initiatives. Four candidates were successful graduates of this training, with three of the candidates taking up job offers.

Azizul Hoque, one of these three candidates, said:

“I am grateful to ELBA’s Employment team for helping me to apply for the DLR Revenue Protection Officer Job. Also a huge thank you for the support I received from both the ISS Security recruitment team and Gerald.

Gerald Maxwell Achilihu, ISS DLR Revenue and Security Contract Manager, expressed his thoughts on the recruitment process:

“This event has been really productive; it has given me the opportunity to talk to candidates and understand their skills and experience, which may not have been discernible from simply viewing a CV.

If your organisation is also committed to creating opportunities for local people, please do get in touch with ELBA’s Employment Team to find out how we can help: employment@elba-1.org.uk.

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