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Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) for Isle of Man

The trade body which represents recruitment professionals across the UK has launched a new dedicated regional group on the Isle of Man.

The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) has been set up with the full support of the Isle of Man’s Chamber of Commerce.

Their joint aim is to raise standards in recruitment on the Island and to this end the IRP will be closely involved with the future activity of Chamber’s recruitment working party, comprising of key members of several of the Island’s leading recruitment agencies, including Hamblin, OSA and Paragon.

Debbie Harris, recently appointed as IRP’s Regional Director for the Isle of Man, has been involved in recruitment on the Island for the past 14 years and is a Director of Paragon Recruitment.

Commenting on the establishment of the group, Debbie Harris said: ‘We want to promote the message that recruitment is a reputable and credible profession. Through the IRP, we now have a defined and supportive framework to assist individuals and organisations to establish and raise standards, as well as providing clients with an industry benchmark and a confidence in the level of service IRP members pledge to provide.’

Read the full story on the Isle of Man Isle News website.

Benefits of recruiting ex-military personnel

Around 200 ex-armed forces personnel will be recruited in order to help the telecommunications company to deliver fibre broadband to UK homes and businesses.

BT’s Openreach division is looking to hire ex-armed forces men and women to join its mobile engineering workforce this month (May 2011). Almost 3,000 full time engineers are already committed to meeting BT’s aim of delivering ‘super-fast’ broadband to two thirds of UK premises by 2015.

The Career Transition Partnership, Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Right Management are all working with BT Openreach to provide training and support for those leaving the armed forces.

Lt Cdr Mark Walker, from MoD’s Training, Education, Skills and Resettlement staff says: “We are delighted that Openreach has recognized the talent, skills and versatility of our Service leavers, especially targeting them for recruitment. We strongly welcome this initiative, and its promise of rewarding employment and career opportunities for many former Armed Forces personnel.”

Read the full story from the Grapevine.