A new approach to recruiting staff

Michael Jamieson, Michael Muxworthy, Nathan Bailey and Chris Darling.
Michael Jamieson, Michael Muxworthy, Nathan Bailey and Chris Darling.

A specialist electrical communications and security firm has embarked on a new approach to recruitment.

Established in 2009, Cramlington-based MRM Solutions specialises in the installation of CCTV, aerials and satellites, alarms and fire detection equipment, and last year doubled in size, opening two new offices in Yorkshire and Scotland.

But when it came time to recruit engineers to support its rapid growth, it was difficult to find qualified staff who could be trained from day one in line with its own ways of working. It has now taken the decision to adopt a more work-based training model and has recently taken on its first apprentice, 17-year-old Nathan Bailey.

Chris Darling, operations director, said: “The recession hit small businesses hard, and many good, experienced and qualified people were made redundant.

“Demand for jobs was high and good quality engineers have now either moved on or retrained, meaning there are fewer of them looking for work at a time when we are expanding very quickly.

“It’s a big problem, but one we’re hoping our new recruitment model will help to address.”

Nathan has enrolled on an Installing Security Systems apprenticeship, the same course Chris completed with Access Training six years ago.

Nathan said: “It’s quite difficult to find work straight from college, demand is high for the good jobs and without hands on experience, it can be difficult to convince an employer that you’re the right person for the job.

“By joining an apprenticeship programme, I gain experience while finishing my college course, I get paid, and MRM Solutions is able to grow its team and train me in its own way of doing things.”