This year has seen an important time for ERIKS with the launch of the ERIKS UK Academy - our tailored Graduate Programme, with the aim of introducing fresh, new talent into the business.
The ERIKS UK Academy is a structured two year scheme implemented to develop and nurture our chosen Graduates and expose them to the diverse range of core divisions across the business. The end result of the programme will be a move into a Management position within ERIKS.
In October 2013 we posted the advert to local Universities and placed it online to attract a varied and high calibre range of Graduates. We received an influx of interest from Graduates from three different disciplines - Business & Management, Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Our Assessment Day took place on Wednesday 26th February with 30 talented graduates being invited. The day gave the opportunity for all of the short-listed Graduates to meet with our divisional heads, ask questions and gain an insight into the business as well as the potential opportunity of being a part of their successful teams.
The day's agenda was full of interesting activities, starting with a presentation from our Chief Operating Officer, Peter Branston. Throughout the day other members of the ERIKS team gave presentations to the Graduates including David Arbuthnott, Corporate Key Accounts Director; Amanda Forshaw, Recruitment Officer; Joanne Ball, Group Learning & Development Manager; Helen Hill, Corporate HR Officer and Stephen Finch, Project Engineer. All of the presentations provided a good overview of the business from a commercial and a technical viewpoint. Alan Woodford, Warehouse Manager, also led the candidates around our Distribution Centre, which provided a real taster of how ERIKS operates.
After lunch, the Graduates were split into groups and our divisional heads each led a technical group exercise, specific to their business areas. The majority of the Graduates particularly enjoyed this group practical exercise; one Graduate positively commented that he felt as though it was a "learning process" rather than a "selection process".