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Getting the right start with a Modern Apprenticeship

July 21, 2015 by

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Guest blog by OPITO apprentice, Michael Williamson. Deciding to become an apprentice after leaving school was an easy decision for me because I wanted to get straight into work and learn a trade which I could build a lifelong career on. What I didn’t realise at the time, was just how important a decision I was […]

Weathering the Storm; Keeping focused on what is important

July 14, 2015 by

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Our water-cooler and cocktail bar conversations over the last few months have focussed on the current economic climate, the price of oil and a worry about the here and now. It’s clear that the global economic factors which are at play can mean that all our emotional energy goes into worrying about the immediate, the […]

Adding Value Through Salary Surveys

July 2, 2015 by

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Our latest blog from Sarah MacFarlane, Senior HR Consultant about the value that can be added through salary surveys. According to Aberdeen City Council the oil industry in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire employs 137,300, directly and through the supply chain. That’s a lot of people and families relying on income and financial security generated through the […]

What are we doing about the “Survivors”?

June 11, 2015 by

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The first blog from Muir Urquhart, our recently appointed Director of Consultancy Services… The current crisis facing the oil and gas sector is one of the worst to affect us since the inception of North Sea Oil back in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Fact. The dramatic and sustained collapse of the oil price […]

Excellence in HR, Training and Recruitment celebrated at the cHeRries Awards 2015.

June 8, 2015 by

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The winners of the annual cHeRries Awards, recognising excellence in human resources, recruitment and training in north east Scotland, were announced on Thursday, 4 June. Twenty-six companies and individuals were shortlisted for nine awards that were presented at a ceremony at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in front of an audience of around 500 industry […]

The changing job market and the need for improved selection…

May 26, 2015 by

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The Aberdeen jobs marketplace has changed dramatically as a result of falling crude oil prices so what does this mean for internal recruiters? When oil prices were high there were fewer active candidates on the market as those with strong experience and skills knew that they could make a few calls and expect to get the […]

Short sight or foresight?

March 4, 2015 by

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The Urquhart Partnership’s Chartered Psychologist, Julie McDonald, shares some of her recruitment and selection “insight”…quite literally… A year ago my world began to look decidedly indistinct and blurry. Colours became muted and I felt like I was looking through opaque glass. I rubbed my eyes, tried eye drops and finally went to the Optician, anxious […]