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The first HR Professionals’ Conference to be hosted by Solihull based recruitment consultancy Plum Personnel and the Solihull Chamber of Commerce was an absolute roaring success according to delegates from organisations across the local region.

The Conference Centre at Solihull College and University Campus was the venue for the event and Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) was the keynote speaker.

Kevin opened the conference speaking passionately about the future challenges of HR in their quest to attract, recruit and retain the best talent.  He did not disappoint the audience sharing his expertise and vision for HR and the future of UK recruitment.

The packed audience of HR professionals from across Solihull, Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire were inspired by new ways of thinking and strategies to use in tackling talent shortage.

Kevin discussed the impact of changing demographics, artificial intelligence, the difference between skills and talent plus why many people are now preferring to work on an independent freelance basis in the thriving ‘gig economy’. 

One area often overlooked in the attraction, recruitment and retention of staff is the need for the recruitment team to bring the brand of an organisation to life when they talk to candidates. “Companies are very interested in why people leave but what they don't do enough is try to understand why they stay” Kevin told delegates.

Susie Ankrett, Director of Plum Personnel commented, “The increasing importance of strategic HR thinking was emphasised in Kevin’s presentation and how embedding the principles of the REC’s ‘Good Recruitment Charter’ could give organisations a competitive edge.”

A Senior Associate at the Birmingham offices of the global law firm, Squires Patton Boggs, Helena Morrissey, led a thought provoking round table discussion on stress and absence management in the workplace.

Julie Whitehouse, Director of Plum Personnel commented, “This was a really interesting session that provided terrific nuggets of advice together with practical insight to enable employers to manage employees affected by stress successfully.”

Emma Slaven, a Senior Conciliator for ACAS, shared her wealth of knowledge and experience in employment law and gave examples and hands on advice on how to effectively deal with workforce planning.

The key challenges facing employers in the future were highlighted, such as the number of people over the age of 65 increasing by 50% over the next 12-years as well as the increasing shortage of skills.

Emma gave delegates an insight into a case study which focussed on a large manufacturing employer in the automotive sector.  The organisation recognised their workforce shared the same demographic traits and the potential negative impact this could have and how an ‘Age Audit’ had help inform and shape their future recruitment strategy.

As part of the conference donations were given to ‘Help Harry Help Others’ a local charity supported by both Plum Personnel and the Solihull Chamber.
Vanessa Currie, Head of People, Learning and Development at Millennium Point assisted with the organisation of the event and said, “There were lots of very positive comments and everyone was very friendly and interested in everyone else. I am looking forward to the next event.”

For more details on how the ‘Good Recruitment Charter’ could give your organisation a competitive advantage, contact Susie Ankrett at Plum Personnel on 0121 705 8157.