Talent and Skills for Scaleup - Scaleup North East Insights Workshop

Scaling businesses based in the North East are competing globally to recruit and retain the very best talent in their specific operating sectors. The objective of the workshop will be to engage and help business owners and senior managers develop people focused strategies around culture, recruitment and staff retention.

The session will give scaling and scaleup potential companies an insight into the employee brand experience, talent acquisition strategies, navigating change and attracting managers and leaders who can help businesses grow successfully. We expect the workshop to appeal to early stage and mid-stage scaleup businesses.


8.30-9.00 Registration and networking

9.00-9.20 Welcome and introductory session – Laura Foster

9.20- 10.50 Winning the war on talent – working from within

Attracting the right people to grow your business relies on having a magnetic employer brand. Marketing and PR often focuses on talking to your customers, but in today’s world the real battleground lies in finding and keeping talent to scale your business, so your communications strategy has to include a new audience - your existing and future workforce.

We will look at what having a compelling employer brand means in practice and how you should compete in a crowded marketplace for the top talent. We will look at examples of great employer branding and take you through a simple process to design your employer brand strategy and ensure you are ready to win the war on talent. Session delivered by O Communications.

10.50-11.10 Break

11.10-12.40 Stacking the Deck – A model for building a talent pipeline & predicting success prior to hire

We will take attendees through our pipeline recruitment model to uncover how to overcome skill shortage challenges by moving away from a reactive recruitment process to a proactive, predictable talent pipeline that continuously builds relationships with top talent. We will share key insight into behaviour and how by using behavioural interviewing techniques you can predict how someone will behave once in your business, therefore increasing success prior to hire. Session delivered by Duo Global Consulting

12.40-1.30 Lunch

1.30-1.45 Reflections on the morning session

1.45-3.15 The Candidate Experience

In a world where competition for talent is fierce and today’s workforce live their lives on social media, it no longer matters what you say – your company culture is on show for the world to see. In this session we will explore;

  • How to successfully guide candidates through the interview and selection process without shooting yourselves in the foot!
  • Recruiting for Values. What is it? What does it look like?
  • 1st Impressions are lasting Impressions!
  • Hiring ‘A’ players
  • Recruitment as an exercise in reputation management – by the numbers
  • The Interview – Who should be involved? What questions to ask (and what not to ask!)
  • The importance of a structured (but tailored) Induction and on-boarding
  • Session delivered by The Common Purpose.

3.15-3.30 Discussion and wrap up

Secure Your Place!

This is a limited capacity event and tickets are free of charge but allocated on a first come first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE:- The places at this event are fully funded from ERDF and LGF sources and as such we are required to capture reporting data for our funders on the recipients attending to justify the support and this is reflected in the questions to complete as part of the registration process.

Event details
Date 8:30am on 17 Sep 2019 to 3:45pm on 17 Sep 2019
Venue RTC North, Loftus House, Colima Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 3XB
Cost Free
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talent-and-skills-for-scaleup-scaleup-north-east-insights-workshop-tickets-61489385407