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Helping employees to get the most out of their careers

At New Directions we pride ourselves on helping our staff strive for professional development throughout their careers with us. Whether it’s an internship, contract or full-time employment. We ensure we support our employee’s as they continue to grow. One such employee is; Rhiannon Newell, who is interning with our HR department for 10 weeks whilst she studies in her second year at the University of South Wales to gain a BA (Hons) in Human Resources Management. She says of her experience: “At New Directions, I’ve gained a fascinating insight into the world of human resources (HR). […]


New Directions Out in Numbers at Finance Awards Wales

Photo of New Directions Finance Team

On Friday April 20th, 2018 our accounts team attended the annual Finance Wales Awards where one of our staff was shortlisted for Accounts Assistant of the Year. Kath Redwood who has worked for New Directions for 15 years was shortlisted alongside three other industry professionals from the following organisations - Inspiresport, Magnet and Steel and Tiger Cardiff Ltd (Flying Tiger Copenhagen). Amy Jones, Financial Controller said of the event ‘our team thoroughly enjoyed being part of celebrating finance excellence on Friday night at City Hall in Cardiff. Although Kath did not win her category […]


Matt’s Marathon Challenge

One of our very own Cardiff Education Team Account Manager’s, Matthew James, recently completed the Sheffield half marathon, beating his personal best with an impressive time of 1hour 28 minutes and 21 seconds in aid of the TomMaynard Trust. Originally Matt planned to run the Newport half marathon on 4th or 18th March but both dates were cancelled due the freak snow blizzard that ravaged the UK throughout last month. Subsequently Matt made the 4 hour journey to Sheffield last Saturday to run (7th April) Sheffield’s Half marathon instead. Matt has been in training since December and also […]


Kicking off the Award season with a bang…

New Directions were overjoyed with their recent win at the Cardiff Life Awards 2018, taking home the award for ‘Professional Services Company of the Year’.  After being shortlisted three times in 2016, ’17 and now ’18, New Directions proved that the third time really is a charm. This award is a testament to our success and determination to provide invaluable recruitment and training services in the education sector throughout Wales. We are dedicated to supplying schools and our staff with the best possible support and training opportunities. Gary Williams, New Directions Director […]


Women in Business in Transition – It’s time for change!

Sophie Cecil

As you are all no doubt aware International Women’s Day is a time to reflect, call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by women. Now, it does officially say it’s for women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities, but I believe it is a day of celebration for all women, because some women go unrecognised for their everyday acts of courage and contributions. So, with my thoughts about courage and recognition I believe it important we continue in our quest to gain a better understanding of the impact of the perimenopause […]


Mr X Appeal Drives Charitable Ambitions

New Directions have been involved in the Mr X Appeal for a number of years. The Mr X appeal is a Swansea based charity asks businesses, individuals and groups of people to offer a Christmas present donation for young people living in poverty or care. The appeal has grown into a tradition at New Directions and has grown considerably over the last few years. In 2014 we donated around 100 gifts; this has now tripled with nearly 300 gifts donated. New Directions Pharmacy employee, Andrew Harris has helped contribute to the success of this appeal by getting 126 members involved from outside New […]


Welsh Business in Awards Shortlisting

A leading Welsh recruitment and training organisation has been shortlisted for their eighth award nomination of 2017. New Directions have been announced as finalists in the 2017 CIPD Wales Awards. This heralds a third successive shortlisting for the HR Team as ‘In House Team of the Year’. Sophie Cecil, Group HR Director – who was named ‘Best HR Professional in the financial / professional service sector’ at this year’s inaugural Welsh HR Awards said of the shortlisting – ‘we are overwhelmed yet again to be shortlisted for such a prestigious set of awards. This is all credit […]


New Directions Chairman Highly Commended at Cardiff Business Awards

On Friday 23rd June 2017, New Directions Chairman Jeff Tune was highly commended at an awards ceremony held in Cardiff. The Cardiff Business Awards recognise outstanding achievement in business and celebrate talent, ambition and innovation from across Wales' capital city. This is the third year the awards have celebrated the best of Cardiff business. The event held at City Hall in the capital celebrated 19 awards in total and was attended by over 400 guests who enjoyed a three course meal and entertainment from former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones. The evening was hosted by television personality […]


Making Bold Brave Decisions to Future-Proof the Team…a Blog by Leah Seltzer

Leah Seltzer

A little under a week ago, my brilliant ‘second-in-command’ colleague set off on the next big bold adventure of her life. It prompted me to make some bold decisions too that would mean our paths would meet again. Kate, who has been by my side now for around four years (and very highly thought of within our business), has gone off on maternity leave until 2018…when I write that in actual numeric facts - it makes me shudder. I am assured by most parents who have had maternity or paternity leave that the time they are out of their business role and learning to handle their new life is fast. […]


Recruitment Leader Wins National Award

A Recruitment HR Director has been named ‘HR Professional of the Year (Business / Finance Services)’ at a national awards ceremony held in Cardiff. Sophie Cecil, Group HR Director for leading recruitment and training specialist New Directions was announced as winner at the Wales HR Awards on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at an evening hosted by television presenter Sian Lloyd at the prestigious SSE SWALEC Stadium in the Welsh capital. The award comes just months after Sophie and her team collected the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) ‘Best Company to Work For (under 250 employees)’ […]