New Directions Chairman takes the #Icebucketchallenge
New Directions co-founder and Chairman Jeff Tune has this week accepted the ice bucket challenge set to him by daughter Emily Tune. Jeff, who is a long time supporter of charities including the NSPCC performed his challenge yesterday evening. In turn, he nominates Gary Williams (Director of Business Development for New Directions Education) Howard Burge (Regional Manager for New Directions Education) and Greg Element (Group Finance Director). Don’t forget your donation guys…
New Directions Launches Employee Benefits Video
New Directions have launched a video detailing what benefits package you can expect should you join the business as an employee. As a direct result of listening to the staff currently within the group of companies, the team have created a competitive package that rivals that of their immediate competitors. As well as being one of the first recruitment and training agencies in the UK to offer an IVF policy, the team have also added a plethora of additional benefits including free fruit in all offices, access to discounts on the high street and much more.
Speaking about the launch of the video, Jeff Tune, Chairman of New Directions said ‘we really believe what we offer as an employer is above and beyond our competitors. We recognise that our most valuable asset as a company is our staff. The teams across the UK are what make this company such a success. The rewards for being part of that team, we believe are excellent. I would encourage anyone considering a career move to watch this short video, it may help with your decision process when looking for a new role’.
In 2012 New Directions was listed as a Hot 100 Recruiter by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) magazine Recruiter. In 2013 the business was recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as one of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain. The list identified small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Britain which outperformed their peers in a variety of metrics including growth, revenue and employee numbers.
As well as being an Investors in People accredited organisation, the group also holds ISO accreditations in both quality management and environmental management.
Take a look at the video now, and see if New Directions is the company for you…
New Directions Education Achieves Audited Education Status
New Directions Education Ltd has become one of the first cohorts of recruitment and training providers in the UK to achieve the REC Audited Education status.
The award is a replacement for the former Department for Education (DfE) quality mark which was dissolved last year. REC Audited Education ensures safeguarding and that agencies are undertaking all the relevant checks when recruiting teachers. REC Audited Education will enable schools and education providers to be confident that they are using an accredited supplier, who puts standards at the centre of their business.
The audit goes way beyond just compliance, requiring agencies to demonstrate that they operate best practice in areas such as customer service, staff development, diversity and client management.
Speaking about achieving the accreditation, Leah Seltzer, Group Head of Compliance for New Directions said ‘It’s incredibly rewarding to know that New Directions have been accredited with the ‘gold standard in recruitment’ status. As a business we have always regarded safeguarding and compliance as the heart of our business; so to be awarded this accreditation is great recognition of our high standards’.
The New Directions team met with the REC team at their head office in Cardiff throughout May to undergo the thorough audit. Andrew Stocks, Group Project Manager for the business added ‘This process really realigned what we already knew as a business. Our compliance and safeguarding procedures are second-to-none; but also our commitment to our own staff and every other stakeholder in our business is never compromised. We are exceptionally proud to lead the way for education recruitment’.
REC chief executive Kevin Green added ‘Congratulations to New Directions Education for achieving the gold standard in recruitment. They join an elite group of agencies across the UK who have been recognised for operating the very best practice in education recruitment.
“The aim of our scheme is to give headteachers peace of mind that they are working with an accredited supplier. By earning the right to display the REC Audited Education logo, New Directions Education can assure schools, parents and pupils that the staff they supply are recruited properly and have on-going support’.