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On Saturday 3rd September, three of our senior management team will commence the biggest sporting challenge of their lives so far, by cycling from London to Paris in 3 days in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF)!
Mandy, Claire and Becky will set off from London on Saturday morning, and will have to endure 3 days of cycling 113km+ per day, before reaching the finish line at the beautiful Palace of Versailles on Monday evening!
All with limited experience in the saddle, the girls have been fitting their training around their already very busy lives and are under no illusion about the challenge that awaits them!
Mandy Watson, Director, says “We’d discussed taking on a big challenge for charity and had looked at various options before settling on London to Paris by bike – it seemed like a good idea at the time, and one I might live to regret. Whatever happens, I’m already looking forward to seeing Paris on Monday having hopefully raised a substantial amount of money for a very worthwhile cause”
We’ll be updating you on their the journey from start to finish by posting regular updates to our Twitter page @ambitionsltd using #AmbitionsL2P
The BHF are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but the BHF are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
You can sponsor Mandy, Claire and Becky via their Just Giving page by clicking here.
Hello, my name is Sophie, and I am one of over 40,000 Career Ready students in the UK. The Career Ready programme is designed to support young people in gaining valuable experience and key skills needed for the world of work, through masterclasses, mentors and a work placement. I was incredibly lucky to have my summer work placement at Ambitions Personnel in Lincoln.
Lizzie has guided me through my two-week placement, where I learnt key skills needed for the workplace. In the office, I learnt how to do key administrative skills such as filing, archiving and filling out forms, but also skills more specific to a recruitment agency, such as marking English tests and contacting workers. I also shadowed Lizzie as she carried out an interview.
I was taught how to greet people and answer the phone in a professional way, which has really helped me to develop my confidence. I shadowed Dawn at reception, who was very helpful in showing me how to deal with people’s queries in a busy environment. Dealing with such a wide range of people at the front desk has also helped me to develop my communication skills.
Before I came to Ambitions Personnel, I didn’t very much experience of a workplace at all, but the people there have been really helpful and supportive, and they have helped me to have a wonderful two weeks! I have learnt transferable skills and had some important experience that I can use for my own career in the future.
Congratulations to our ‘Temp of the Month’ for August 2016, Ryan from our Mansfield branch.
Ryan has been working on assignment for us as a Welder at our client, Quickits. Quickits have been impressed with how well he has settled in to their team and the quality of his work; we have been delighted to receive such glowing reports.
Pictured is Ambitions Personnel Consultant, Holli, presenting Ryan with his certificate and a Thorntons hamper.
We were pleased to once again host our clients and guests at Southwell Races Ladies Day on Sunday 14th August.
The popular event sees thousands of racegoers enjoy an action packed day of racing and entertainment. For another successive year, the sunshine came out and the weather was fabulous!
We were able to enjoy the day from our private hospitality marquee and garden, where the drinks were flowing and we were treated a delicious buffet followed by afternoon tea.
Thank you to everyone who joined us – we hope to see you again next year!
Pictured L-R Shannon, Mandy, Millie, Helen, Lizzie
Hello, my name is Millie and I am currently a student at sixth form. This summer I was fortunate enough to be able to do a two week work placement at Ambitions Personnel in the Lincoln branch. Over the course of the two weeks I’ve had the opportunity to learn about several different roles within a recruitment agency, and take part in the jobs that are required in a busy office.
On my first day I was greeted by such a friendly team of staff and given a quick tour of the office. Lizzie Peck, who works in HR and training, gave me an induction and introduced me to the different duties that each individual does. I then started with some basic office work which was very useful as I have never had any office experience before. This involved putting sets of documents into chronological order, searching the archives for details and sorting through old files. Whilst doing this, I was around the team who were dealing with clients, so was getting a better understanding of the business and listening to the different queries people have to deal with. By the afternoon I was shown how to answer the phone and put people through to the person they requested to speak to.
I then moved on to doing referencing. This involved contacting a company, via telephone or email that a person has previously worked for, asking for information about a person’s employment with them. I also got the chance to shadow Shannon on reception. This showed me all of the different queries that arise daily and how they are dealt with. Some of the things that Shannon has shown me are how to conduct English tests, how to mark tests and how to help people with filling out application cards and holiday forms. Greeting people on reception and communicating with a range of nationalities has developed my communication skills and given me the experience of how to deal with lots of different people.
Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks at Ambitions. I have been given lots of experience and the opportunity to learn and develop a range of new skills that will help me in future. Meeting and working with lots of new people has given me a lot more confidence, and will help me when working with people in the future. I think work placements are really useful for young people to do and I am extremely grateful to Ambitions Personnel for the experience and knowledge they have given me.
After the resounding success of our initial Traineeship programme we are happy to announce a second Knowhow Traineeship Open Day!
The 9 week programme will include classroom based training with ‘real’ work experience within one of Europe’s largest distribution warehouses.
On completion of the programme candidates will have a guaranteed job interview with the view of gaining a fixed term contract and enrolment onto a full Level 2 Warehouse and Storage apprenticeship.
Do you know anyone aged 16-18 that are looking to start their career? It’s not too late to attend!
Open Day- Tuesday 26th July
Building 2, Knowhow, New Link Business Park, Long Hollow Way, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NH
Call Rebecca / Jane on 01636 611320 NOW for information or to book your place!
In the run up to Euro 2016, we gave our clients the chance to win an iPad by guessing the total number of goals scored by the overall winning team during the tournament.
Portugal lifted the trophy having scored 14 goals throughout their matches – including penalty shoot outs – and we went into a tie break situation!
Having been the person with the closest guess to our tie-breaker question, the overall winner was Jonny from Nottingham! Congratulations Jonny!
Pictured is Sarah Elvidge presenting Jonny with his prize.
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Our friends at Lincolnshire Sport are on the hunt again for Lincolnshire’s most active workplace!
As winners of the inaugural ‘Active Workplace of the Year Award’ at Lincolnshire Sport’s Award Ceremony in 2014, it gave our team a huge sense of pride and achievement. We still love being active together and taking part in as many sporting activities and events as possible – and our business is still reaping the many benefits this brings!
We’d now like to raise awareness of this accolade and encourage other businesses to nominate themselves! Nominations are open until this Friday 22 July and can be completed online by clicking here.
Whether it’s for involvement in charity events such as ‘It’s a Knockout’ type challenges, more serious sporting triumphs like running a marathon, or even if your company offer workplace incentives for health and fitness like a cycle to work scheme, we think you deserve recognition!
Congratulations to our ‘Temp of the Month’ for July 2016, Cristian Alexandru who works for our Nottingham branch.
Cristian has a variety of skills and has proven to be an invaluable member of our temporary team, always demonstrating flexibility and reliability.
Pictured is Veronika Mikova presenting Cristian with his award.
This Tuesday saw us host a day of golf at the beautiful setting of Blankney Golf Club for the second year running.
With entertainment from world-renowned ‘Tricky Rob’ and his trick shot golf show, footballing anecdotes from our after dinner speaker, ex-Chelsea and Ireland player Tony Cascarino, and excellent hospitality from the team at Blankney, the day proved a great success once again!