A clear ‘go-to-market’ strategy was essential to attract the right, high-calibre students. Discovery identified that aligning the process with Samworth Brothers’ culture and vision was fundamental to creating a candidate experience that would position Samworth Brothers as a leading employer within their industry.
Industrial Placements aren’t only a great platform for students to gain experience and make a valuable contribution, they also form an integral part of Samworth Brothers’ longer-term succession planning. To fulfil the objective of recruiting individuals that can return to the company post-university to kick start their graduate career, Discovery needed to recruit the same calibre of individual that Samworth Brothers would expect of any employee.
Discovery measure all candidates objectively and consistently against the desired competencies and attributes for an ideal Samworth Brothers employee. For Industrial Placement recruitment, Discovery use the same robust, multi-stage recruitment and selection as used for permanent Graduate recruitment, to ensure a high calibre of candidates.
“Discovery have delivered exceptional results in positioning Samworth Brothers as a student and graduate recruiter of choice and through the competency-based selection process culminating in a final assessment centre, we can be sure we are securing the best talent. We are always delighted with the efforts Discovery go to in order to understand our business.”
Since 2009, Discovery have successfully recruited 8-12 students each year for Samworth Brothers Industrial Placement scheme, which has supported Samworth Brothers in becoming a leading student and graduate employer within the food industry.
By outsourcing the recruitment process to Discovery, Samworth Brothers were able to significantly reduce the roadblocks caused by limited in-house resources. Alongside this, the company have developed a strong talent pipeline and sustainable succession plan, with many of their industrial placement students returning after their studies to kickstart their career within the company.