Getting Started with Recruiting and Hiring

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Online Action Planning Workshop

Cost: FREE


Thursday, 4th November 2021 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Recruitment, get it right it’s wonderful, get it wrong, it’s painful. As we move out of the pandemic recruiting the person and not a person has never been more critical for SMEs  

However, according to recent research more than half (57%) of organisations have vacancies that are hard to fill, with 56% of businesses in the private sector reporting recruitment difficulties. (CIPD, 2021)

This 3-hour action planning workshop explores the legal pitfalls for employers to navigate, then rapidly moves on to share best practices to mitigate these and support SMEs in providing a gold standard ‘candidate experience’. 

We explore the most effective attraction methods for SMEs, steps to attract a diverse pool of candidates. And how businesses build an ‘employer brand’ to achieve this. We then consider selection methods, and the smorgasbord of selection tools that employers can utilise to reduce their time to hire, and fill that vacancy.  

This is a highly interactive workshop so expect lots of discussion and sharing of best practice ideas, as we bring a whole new light to recruiting and selecting in the 21st Century.

Who should attend this workshop?

This interactive workshop is for SME business owners, line managers, HR professionals or indeed anyone that wishes to attract and recruit top talent.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

  • Recruit within the law and minimise discrimination claims
  • Recruitment common myths and misconceptions
  • How to attract the person and not a person
  • How to successfully shortlist
  • Fairly and objectively assess candidates against values and behaviours
  • Best practice interview skills
  • Killer questions to ask candidates and uncover what is important to them 

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • Understand how to draft legally compliant recruitment materials that also attracts top talent
  • Choose attraction tools to utilise back in your business
  • Select the best candidates that fits your culture and values
  • Produce a plan of action to support your next recruitment campaign

This is an interactive, Action Planning Online Workshop. You will leave this session with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business. Where possible, we would like to encourage you to join this session with your video camera turned on and when instructed by the facilitator, you may un-mute your microphone to take full advantage of the interactive nature of the workshop. For the best user experience, we recommend joining the workshop using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.


  • 10.00am - 10.50am - Workshop presentation
  • 10.50am - 11.00am - Break
  • 11.00am - 11.50am - Workshop presentation
  • 11.50am - 12.00pm - Break
  • 12.00pm - 12.45pm - Workshop presentation
  • 12.45pm - 1.00pm - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

This enlightening session is presented by Annie Litchfield, a highly qualified training consultant with many years’ experience in learning and development.

Annie is extremely personable and brings a real knowledge and enthusiasm to the sessions she delivers. She has a passion for bringing about lasting change through quality coaching and support, making her ideally positioned to advise you on professional development and help you make tangible improvements in your organisation.



This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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