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Graduate and School Leaver Career Opportunities in Recruitment

Graduate and School Leaver Career Opportunities in Recruitment

almost 6 years ago Empty James Thornhill

Office Team

One of the biggest challenges currently faced by top employers and manufacturers in the UK is how they find people with the skills they need to help them grow. This is where good recruiters can really add value and there are some excellent training opportunities for talented school leavers and graduates who want to pursue a career in this rewarding field.

Demand for high quality, tailored recruitment services is high but not all recruitment companies are the same. Sadly, some trainee recruitment consultants are deterred from pursuing a career in the industry because their first experience is of a high-pressure sales environment rather than a skilled recruitment role.

How to choose the right trainee recruitment programme

Often small family businesses, like ours here at Thornhvac, provide the best chance of a high standard of training and support. This is because they regard their trainees as a long term part of their success and they are prepared to invest time and energy in personal development and knowledge sharing.

Good questions to ask to determine what sort of company you are applying to are:

What structured training will be provided?

The graduate and school leaver programmes at Thornhvac are carefully designed to teach IT, customer service and other business skills, all of which will provide an excellent basis for further career growth in the future.

How are bonuses achieved?

At Thornhvac we encourage staff to set their own targets and support them with first class training to achieve their aspirations. We share the profits generated by individual recruiters so there is no cap on earnings. We also share company profits above a stretch target so that everyone benefits from hard work and team working.

What career development opportunities are there?

At Thornhvac we believe that business success depends on having quality people working together to achieve common goals. Personal development is crucial to this process which is why we are committed to investing in the training and development of our employees.

Apply for our BA (Hons) Management Degree Apprenticeship

Thornhvac’s Management Degree Apprenticeship offers A Level school leavers a chance to earn while they learn. For 80% of your week you will be learning the role of a recruitment consultant alongside our friendly and vibrant team of recruiters. For the other 20% you will study for a BA Hons in Management Practice on a Management Degree Apprenticeship.

Why have we decided to combine our trainee recruitment role with management training?

As a recruitment consultant with Thornhvac you will be providing advice to senior managers and directors. It will be of enormous benefit for you to understand how they operate and what issues matter to them. We also hope that one day you will become a senior manager or team leader yourself and the training you receive with us will encourage you to contribute ideas and use your initiative in a way that you may not have had a chance to do before.

At the end of your training you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Management Practice from Anglia Ruskin University that leads to Chartered status within the Chartered Institute of Management without building up any student debt.

About the role

As a trainee recruitment consultant with Thornhvac you will be using the latest software and telephone systems. You will be interviewing candidates face to face and by phone so you will be a confident communicator. The business development techniques you learn will help you attract new clients and develop existing ones.

We expect our trainees to progress quickly and take responsibility for their own workload with the support of colleagues. You will discover how satisfying it is to match candidates to a company and role that suits their skills and personality.

About you

You will have at least 200 points at A-level or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent), and Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

You will be comfortable in a customer facing role and proactive and well-organised.

About the course

The degree will start in September 2018 or January 2019.

The 4-year course covers the full range of business skills:

• Managing people

• Marketing

• Finance

• Planning and strategy

• Decision making

• Leadership

• Sustainability

More information here


Salary and benefits

Thornhvac is a friendly place to work and you will be part of a small and committed team.

The office is in a modern business centre close to Crossgates, Garforth, Swillington, Kippax and Micklefield.

Your basic salary will be £15,000 to £17,000 with no cap on earnings, a company profit sharing scheme, pension and the opportunity to progress to earn over £45,000 as a team manager.

Click here to find out more about our Management Degree Apprenticeship

Apply For Our Trainee Recruitment Consultant Opportunity

Our trainee recruitment roles are suitable for graduates, school leavers and those wanting to change to a career in recruitment.

Thornhvac is a niche recruitment firm specialising in providing sales and technical staff to manufacturers of building services equipment such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning and renewables.

About the role

You will be trained in the latest CRM software and telephony and you will learn business development techniques to help you source new clients and develop relationships with existing ones.

Candidate interviews will be carried out face to face or on the phone so you will be a confident communicator and enjoy talking to people.

There will be some project management required as you keep in touch with clients and candidates during the recruitment process.

Find out more about the role of Trainee Recruitment Consultant

About you

This role is ideal for A Level school leavers, graduates or non-graduates looking for a career change.

You will be confident and proactive in your approach to work and will enjoy being part of a team.

Good written and verbal communication skills are essential and a minimum of C in English and Maths at GCSE is required.

Your basic salary will be between£18k to £25K with a range of additional benefits and flexible working.

If you are interested in finding out more about our trainee career opportunities for graduates and school leavers please contact James Thornhill. Email