Highly Commended Award for Petersens

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Events, Petersens News, work experience
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Rob, Eira and Sally receiving our certificate from John Simpson

Rob, Eira and Sally receiving our certificate from John Timpson

It was a rare day out of the office for Eira, Sally and I yesterday when we travelled up to London for the important NCWE Awards 2013 ceremony hosted by the National Council for Work Experience.

Located in the famous Merchant Taylor’s Hall in Threadneedle Street, the Petersens team enjoyed a delicious lunch and a couple of glasses of wine before listening to an absolutely inspirational talk by John Timpson, owner of Timpson’s, the retail shoe repairing and key cutting chain, with over 900 branches nationwide.  What an amazing story of a successful family whose business is very much driven by the colleagues who run each outlet.  John related his simple but effective interview recruiting process where interviewers use simple Mr Men figures to outline an applicant’s personality rather than delve through extensive CVs and incur costly psychometric testing.  Successful applicants often come from staff recommendations for which they receive a financial reward.  You detected a strong family culture within the organisation and a wonderful model for all recruiters to adopt.

After John’s speech, it was awards time!! Petersens were shortlisted in two categories and did extremely well to get this far when you consider the other shortlisted companies included John Lewis, IBM, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, BBC etc.  So when our name was called as the winner of the Highly Commended position in the Work Placement of the Year: Best Organisation With Fewer Than 250 Employees, you can imagine the grins on our faces.  Another ‘little’ victory, this time across the water!  What a lovely surprise to win this award in the centre of London where there is still utter disbelief that their boys in white were outclassed last Saturday!

So while we may not have been the overall winners in either of our categories, we certainly did ourselves and Wales proud, proving once again that our small but passionate population can compete at the highest level, not just in our hallowed game of rugby.

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