APSCo on Asia
Interesting article in the Recruiter regarding APSCo, those who don’t know APSCo here is some background information:
APSCo is the only trade body dedicated to representing the interests of the UK Professional Staffing industry.
We have created a vibrant network of rigorously referenced recruitment companies, all of whom share our commitment to raising continuously the profile and quality of the industry and whose interests we represent assertively and persuasively to Government and European legislators.
For employers and candidates alike APSCo is a badge of quality.
In brief, APSCo is here to
• ensure that members offer the highest possible standards of trading practice and to promote excellence throughout the professional recruitment industry
• facilitate the exchange of professional and regulatory information between industry members and related bodies and to act as the authoritative source of information and business intelligence (other than statistical) concerning the professional recruitment industry
• provide and promote a recognised stamp of quality assurance; all Members are rigorously referenced and must adhere to strict codes of conduct
• maintain close and ongoing relationships with key government departments and agencies including the Treasury and BIS
• promote actively overseas business opportunities for members and to take a proactive role in Western and Eastern Europe in relation to EU directives and regulations
• provide an increasingly wide range of benefits to its members
• demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility as a committed supporter of the NSPCC ChildLine, for whom APSCo has raised nearly £2m since 1999
The article from the recruiter below:
APSCo turns on Asia, UK talent taps through internships
Three leading UK universities and two in Asia will participate in the Association of Professional Staffing Companies’ (APSCo’s) soon-to-be launched intern programme aimed at attracting fresh, high-calibre talent into the recruitment profession.
Three-month summer placements for undergraduates attending the Universities of Manchester, Reading and Warwick in the UK, and in Asia the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong will be offered from July 2014 within APSCo member firms.
APSCo chairman Miles Hunt described the programme to Recruiter as “a major step in the growing establishment of recruitment as a primary career choice and the attraction of the next generation of professional recruiters”.
APSCo chief executive officer Ann Swain told Recruiter: “We are aiming for over 50 interns within the UK and would expect a smaller number initially within Asia.”
A training salary of “not less than £16k (S$32k)”, pro rata depending on location, is one of the requirements that participating APSCo members must agree to.
Participating recruiters must also provide a minimum of three days’ formal classroom training and development to give interns transferable skills within the profession. A named mentor is an additional requirement, according to a scoping document for the programme seen by Recruiter.
“Each participating company will have their own culture and style, but we have put best practice measures in place to ensure that the experience of each intern will be equally good,” Swain said.
International benefit for APSCo members
APSCo members participating in the programme will be confirmed in February, with students applying in March and first-stage selection taking place in April.
Once members have been accepted into the programme, APSCo will charge them an administrative fee of £395 for which they can request up to two interns, or £595 for up to five interns.
The international aspect of the programme is a crucial benefit, Swain said, pointing to “the strong relationship” between the Manchester and Singapore universities.
This means, she said, “there will be a superb opportunity for Asian students to be placed at an APSCo UK member for their internship, and for those that are interested in moving into recruitment, there is the very real chance that — once graduated — they will have the opportunity to start their career at an APSCo member in Asia”.
Tap into talent earlier
The APSCo programme will help members “by removing a great deal of the time-consuming identification and initial sifting of candidates, and providing a robust supporting programme to make sure all parties (companies and interns) derive the maximum benefit internship”, Hunt noted.
When Swain first revealed the programme to Recruiter this autumn (‘Brightest stars in the firmament’, Recruiter, October 2013), she explained that offering internships would allow recruiters to tap into high-calibre talent earlier than through graduate schemes: “If we wait until they graduate and get the leftovers from PwC or whoever, we’re not going to find the people who can take our businesses forward.”
Step, a leading organiser of paid student work placements and internships, is to support APSCo to establish and manage administration for the initiative.
– See more at: http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2013/12/apsco-turns-on-asia-uk-talent-taps-through-internships/#sthash.tsys3q4y.dpuf