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Selling yourself - an employer's point of view

 

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Tom Williams is the MD of environmental services provider, Maydencroft. Founded in 2007 and now employing over 100 people full-time, the company focuses on quality, performance and customer experience while always prioritising our people and the environment.

Tom’s mission is for Maydencroft to be the company that everyone wants to work for and work with. He is one of the speakers at our Future Foresters Skills Day on 4 October at Shuttleworth College.

The Skills Day is for anyone currently studying on, or who has recently completed, a course in forestry, arboriculture or environmental management. Presentations in the morning from City & Guilds, WSP, Maydencroft and The Forestry Commission will address how to increase your employability and the afternoon sees interactive demonstrations from companies such as Haglof, Petzl, Pear Technology and Sorbus. Find out more here 


We asked Tom about employing young people:

Why employ young people?

Young people are the key to our success, they bring the firm energy and are our skills of tomorrow. They are totally integral to the way we operate. They define the business.

 How many young people do you employ?

We have 110 fulltime employees; 20% of our workforce are under the age 25 and 50% are under 35. We are immensely proud of this.

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 How do you commit to this?

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We demonstrate our commitment to the next generation by being a member of The 5% Club, an industry-led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students. We have pledged to having a minimum 5% of our workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes.


What will you be talking about?

Preparing for the workplace. For me, this is broken down into 3 key areas – your CV, the interview(s) and the working environment.

  • It all starts with the CV. Everyone needs to have one. I’ll give plenty of tips on the day but let’s start with having a sensible email address and no spelling errors.
  • Next, it’s the interview. It really does depend on the role but when looking at CVs for school leavers, we really are only looking for two things – (1) enthusiasm and (2) commitment. We can work on the rest together!
  • Finally, how to be in the workplace. I’ll give some things that we really like to see.

 

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