Cream of the crop crowned at Wales HR Awards B&

Top Welsh employers and HR professionals were recognised at the second annual Wales HR Awards. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Sian Lloyd, the awards – created


2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law fi rm Darwin Gray in partnership with the Wales HR Network - saw companies

from every

corner of Wales attend the glittering black-tie event at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff recently.

Celebrating outstanding people and businesses for their contribution to HR over the past twelve months, the evening featured inspirational keynote speakers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award: Partnership Manager for the DofE Award charity, Ian Gwilym, and DofE Young Ambassador, Billie Horsey, with entertainment for the 350 attendees from

Best HR Professional - Financial/Professional Services (Sponsored by Sweetmans and Partners) Cath Day, New Directions Best HR Professional - Public/Third Sector Kelly Mordecai, Tai Tarian

Wales HR Awards 2018 winners with host Sian Lloyd.

Newport-based Big Mac’s Wholly Soul Band. Bluestone Resorts, Bangor University and specialist IT support provider CircleIT were among the evening’s success

stories, with

winners announced in eleven categories, including the brand new HR Star Award which has been introduced this year to recognise a professional for an outstanding contribution to HR in Wales. Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Ffl ur Jones added: “As the Wales HR Network’s

annual fl agship event, the Awards is a fantastic platform for bringing together HR professionals from all over Wales and across different sectors to recognise and reward their achievements. “We can all testify that HR is a not an easy profession and isn’t known for being glamorous. However, it is a profession full of dedicated individuals and teams who work hard and quietly achieve great things. It has been

wonderful to bring

some acknowledgement and celebration into HR,

BT Launches hunt for 45 Grads and Apprentices

BT is creating 45 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across Wales as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available. The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the UK in a number of different roles, from TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime. Across Wales the 36 new recruits will be located in Bangor, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfi l and Swansea in roles ranging from engineering, software programming, vehicle technicians and IT. BT is one of the fi rst UK companies to use virtual reality technology as a way of recruiting, as it looks at innovative techniques in how it attracts the best graduates.

The assessment process will include candidates being asked to complete a series of virtual reality “Crystal Maze” style tasks. BT will assess candidates based on three measures which comprise analytical skills, how they handle change, as well as their drive and enthusiasm to get tasks completed. The latest recruitment drive for apprenticeships and graduates is in addition to Openreach’s announcement last week that they are looking to recruit 3,500 engineers, of which more than 250 will be based across Wales. BT Group is one of the UK’s largest employers with 82,800 people based in the UK and more than 4,000 in Wales.

The new roles, which include those within EE and Plusnet, are spread across the country.

Many of the apprentices will also achieve foundation and full degrees as part of their work at BT, while some graduates will also achieve fully funded qualifi cations. The scheme is delivered in partnership with local colleges and universities to ensure that apprentices and graduates receive the best education for their area of focus, as well as the hands-on experience and training. BT has a commitment to helping people and meeting the demands for innovation and digital skills in the UK. The company is also showing this through its Work Ready programme which was launched in 2014 specifi cally for NEETS (not in education, employment or training). To date more than 3,500 people from around the UK have participated and more than half have gone on to either gain employment or return to education. The programme is part of BT’s wider Tech Literacy initiative to inspire people in the UK to embrace the role technology plays in their lives.

shining a spotlight on the hard work and dedication that often goes on behind the scenes.”

2018 WALES HR AWARDS WINNERS HR Team of the Year (Sponsored by Bowen Eldridge) Tai Tarian Limited Best Use of the Welsh Language in HR (Sponsored by Cymraeg Gwaith) HR Department, Bangor University / Prifysgol


Independent HR Consultant of the Year (Sponsored by Orchard)

Nia Bennett, Effectus HR HR Director of the Year (Sponsored by Quantum Advisory)

Sarah King, Gower College Swansea HR Apprentice/Trainee/ Assistant of the Year (Sponsored by ACT) Nina Williams, WRW Construction Ltd

Best HR Professional - IT/ Technology (Sponsored by RMS)

Jennifer Griffi ths, Circle IT

Best HR Professional - Construction/

Manufacturing/Engineering Rhiannon Fitzmaurice, HWM

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Capital Law) Bluestone Resorts Limited HR Star Award (Sponsored by Darwin Gray and Acorn) Kelly Mordecai, Tai Tarian

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