Auctus Management Group Ltd are honoured to be made an official partner of the Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM), the HLSM was created with and for local businesses to support SME growth and employability within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Area. HLSM is a partnership between three local universities to promote graduates into a range of opportunities.

Richard Toy, CEO of Auctus Management Group Ltd met with Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Julian Beer of Birmingham City University to sign the Higher Level Skills Charter on 28th February 2018. We sat down with Richard afterwards to get his thoughts about the importance of being in a partnership such as the HLSM:

“Working within the rail and infrastructure sector, we are acutely aware of the demand on skills to meet the needs of our clients such as Midland Metro Alliance, Network Rail and HS2 delivery partners, and, what effect the Commonwealth Games and Brexit will have for demands on skills at all levels, all of who are fishing from an ever-decreasing talent pool. HLSM enabled me to have direct contact with a range of students form a variety of disciplines, which led to one direct hire, one internship and a further 6 candidates being interviewed and considered for posts within the business. As an employer achieving above average growth year on year, I need as wide a network as possible to identify where my future talent is going to come from and this will be a key partner for my business moving forward.”

Auctus Management Group Ltd has already seen the benefits of the partnership with their latest employee Drew Rose, a former Aston University student and now HR Advisor to the business, Drew has integrated himself smoothly into the department, with thanks to his education from Aston University, is now heading up his own HR based projects under the supervision of the HR Director, Judy Owen.