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Understanding Social Mobility – Please Complete the Survey!

Posted by: Alex Linley, CEO, Capp

 

Here’s the background to our Understanding Social Mobility survey – now live at -

http://fd10.formdesk.com/capp/socialmobility

 

Social mobility has been and continues to be a hot topic in the media – and rightly so. Our perspective from strengths is that it should be our talent, capability and potential that defines us, not just where we have come from and what we have experienced.

 

Empowering social mobility is one of the five premises of the Jobmi Manifesto, and a key part of what we are aiming to achieve through Jobmi, the employability and recruitment platform.

 

Almost everything that is known about social mobility today is at the level of the group or social class. This isn’t surprising, since this is the level of analysis that is used to inform policy and government decisions – and this is why a lot of the research is conducted.

 

But this isn’t the whole picture – far from it.

 

As all of us will know, there are much more powerful and inspiring stories to be told about social mobility at the individual level. And yet – so much less is known and understood about individual social mobility.

 

This is where our research in support of the Jobmi Manifesto comes in.

 

We have designed the Understanding Social Mobility survey in order to explore social mobility at the level of the individual. This is the first stage in a major, ongoing project that aims to redefine what is known about individual social mobility and about how we empower social mobility for individual people.

 

Please lend your support by completing the Understanding Social Mobility survey. And if you really want to help, please encourage your friends and family to complete it as well. The survey is available here – http://fd10.formdesk.com/capp/socialmobility

 

 

We’re looking for a wide and diverse sample across a range of demographics, so the survey is open to anyone of any age (above 16 years) and from any background.

 

As a thank you, there is a prize draw with a first prize of tickets for two people for the Eurostar to Paris, and two further prizes of £100 in shopping vouchers.

 

Thank you for helping us in understanding social mobility, and especially the drivers of social mobility at the individual level. Please complete the survey at http://fd10.formdesk.com/capp/socialmobility

 

 

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Showcasing Jobmi at the AGR Student Recruitment Trade Show

Posted by: Alex Linley & Nicky Garcea

 

We are delighted to be delivering a showcase of the Jobmi platform at the Inaugural Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Student Recruitment Trade Show today.

 

Attended by over 400 delegates from across student recruitment, we’ll be sharing:

 

  • How Jobmi works in connecting young people and recruiters through our suite of assessments that match candidates to roles
  • The student perspective on Jobmi and how it is helping young people find their best jobs
  • How clients are engaging with us to take the Jobmi platform further in delivering better outcomes for organisations and young people alike.

 

In our showcase, we’ll also be continuing to build support for the Jobmi Manifesto, which is our commitment to:

 

  1. Excite employers
  2. Energise schools, colleges and universities
  3. Engage young people
  4. Enable strengths
  5. Empower social mobility.

 

We hope to see you at the AGR Student Recruitment Trade Show.

 

If you can’t make it, please show your support for the Jobmi Manifesto here – https://www.jobmi.com/manifesto

 

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Capp launch the Jobmi Manifesto

 

We are proud to launch the Jobmi Manifesto today, on the opening day of National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week.
 

Jobmi is the employability and recruitment platform from Capp. It connects young people and employers. Young people are matched to the company’s success criteria using a range of Jobmi assessments that are free to access. Employers find candidates who are pre-screened and pre-qualified, and a fit for their culture, role and future.
 

Through the Jobmi Manifesto, we are building a stakeholder coalition to improve job prospects and recruitment practices for young people.
 

In the Jobmi Manifesto, you will see how we are working to:
 

Excite employers
Energise schools, colleges and universities
Engage young people
Enable strengths
Empower social mobility

 

Show your support for the Jobmi Manifesto here.

If you really want to help, please forward this to your colleagues and friends who want to support young people and early careers.
 

Together we will make a difference to the employability and recruitment prospects of young people.
 

Thank you
 

Capp
 

www.capp.co/

www.jobmi.com

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The Challenge of Youth Unemployment

Posted by: Alex Linley

 

John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, has called on George Osborne to ensure that the 2014 budget focuses on youth unemployment. With the unemployment rate at 19.9% for 16-24 year olds, there is a lot that needs to be done.

 

That’s one in five of our young people who are out of work, missing the chance to realise their potential and develop their careers. In a developed economy such as ours in the UK, that is simply not good enough.

 

At Capp, we have taken our experience and expertise in early careers recruitment, our wide university and student connections, and our deep knowledge and capability in assessment and development. We have combined them to build Jobmi.

 

Jobmi is the employability and recruitment platform, aimed at 16-24 year olds, and providing them with routes to develop their employability and find jobs.

 

With National Apprenticeship Week next week, we will be taking the opportunity to launch the Jobmi Manifesto, setting out just what we and our partners are working together to achieve through Jobmi.

 

There’s a better way to deliver better outcomes for everybody involved in early careers recruitment. With Jobmi we’re going to show how this can be done.

 

Join Jobmi at www.jobmi.com.

 

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Introducing Jobmi – The Great New Employability and Recruitment Platform from Capp

Posted by: Alex Linley

 

Jobmi – www.jobmi.com – is the great new employability and recruitment platform from Capp.

 

Aimed at emerging talent and early careers, Jobmi helps young people to learn more about their skills and strengths, take assessments to build their employability, and complete employer assessments just once for consideration by lots of different employers.

 

At Capp, we’ve heard many of our graduate and early careers recruitment clients talk about how frustrated they are by the arbitrary screening criteria they have to introduce to manage candidate volumes.

 

These are things like UCAS points and applications only from specific universities, which allow recruiters to manage the applicant pool but create false barriers to social mobility.

 

Jobmi is our revolutionary solution to this problem. Jobmi removes the need for arbitrary screening criteria because Jobmi provides employers and recruiters with the data you need to make informed decisions.

 

With candidates completing employer assessments in advance at no cost to them, as an employer you have more data on a candidate - and the right data – than you have ever had available before.

 

Early client partners working with Jobmi include Barclays, Morrisons, Nestlé and NFU Mutual, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Watch this space for further updates about developments on Jobmi, of which there will be many!

 

To become a Jobmi member yourself and claim your personalised Jobmi url before anybody else does, join us at www.jobmi.com

 

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2013: The Year of ‘I Love Strengths’

Posted by: Alex Linley, Director, Capp

 

With this final Capp blog of 2013, we wanted to thank you for your readership and support throughout the year and also take the opportunity to look back over an exceptional 12 months.

 

As we reflect on 2013, it’s very clear that this really was the year of ‘I Love Strengths’. Here’s why:

 

1. We launched the ‘I Love Strengths’ campaign through our sponsorship of the AGR Annual Conference, where Nicky Garcea of Capp and Charlotte Hart of Barclays brought the house down with their presentation on strengths-based recruitment.

 

2. We started tremors that are still reverberating through the world of HR when Nicky Garcea of Capp and Fiona Miller of Nestlé presented at the CIPD Recruitment Conference.

 

3. We gave in house recruiters lots of food for thought when Nicky Garcea of Capp inspired the audience with her presentation on strengths-based recruitment at The FIRM Winter Conference.

 

Throughout all of this, the Capp team has continued to expand, our client base has continued to grow, and our reach and positive impact on the world – as measured by our PR coverage and client feedback – has also extended. Thank you for the part you have played in enabling our continued success.

 

With the festive season upon us, we also turn our attention to how we can support those less fortunate than ourselves. As well as a lot of activity we have undertaken to support local charities, we are again supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital by being a Super Santa. To this end, we will donate all proceeds from Realise2 sales on Christmas Eve to the BCH Super Santa appeal. We’ll let you know the results in January!

 

We look forward with excitement to 2014 and what it may hold. In closing, may I take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at Capp to wish you all a very peaceful festive period and a prosperous and fulfilling New Year.

 

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The Rise of the ‘Mumpreneur’

Posted by: Alex Linley, Director, Capp

 

Entrepreneurs see opportunities where other people see problems. It’s therefore both hugely exciting, and also no surprise, to read regularly about the rise of the ‘mumpreneur’, female entrepreneurs who are mothers. See, for example, this article from The Sunday Times.

 

With a business mindset, combined with a mother’s instinct and first hand experience of the perennial challenges, unmet needs and hence market opportunities that raising children presents, so-called Mumpreneurs bring their capabilities and personal experiences to the fore in meeting needs that they and the people like them face every day.

 

If ever there was a case for diversity in business, this is it. Imagine trying to design a product for mothers if you had no understanding of what it was like to be a mother.

 

I once heard an apocryphal story of a retailer that wasn’t selling as many children’s coats as they thought they should. Nobody sat around the table had any idea why. Then they asked a colleague who had young children.

 

“Because they don’t have hoods” came back the immediate reply. “Mums want to buy coats with hoods for their children, to keep them warm.”

 

How much wasted investment could have been saved, and how many more hooded coats sold, if this perspective had been part of the discussion from the outset?

 

The great thing for me about this story is that it illustrates the fundamental essence of entrepreneurship:

 

That anyone, anywhere can spot unmet needs through their own experience. Then, as long as you have the wherewithal to do something about it, anyone can be an entrepreneur.

 

Unlike being a lawyer, doctor or accountant, there are no qualification requirements to entrepreneurship. Just aptitude and appetite.

 

Go on – what’s stopping you!

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You’re An Entrepreneur? You Must Be Mad!

Posted by: Alex Linley, Director, Capp

 

When we started Capp, we got a lot of responses along the same lines of this blog post title. Tens of thousands of strengths-based interviews and tens of thousands of completions of Realise2 later, people now take a different view. It’s always easy to see success after the event; far harder to predict it ahead of time.

 

It’s this that Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about supporting. The people who see things differently, who are prepared to take a chance, who believe in themselves and their ideas even when almost everyone else around them is doubting.

 

These perspectives are the theme of one of the best books on entrepreneurship I have read in a while. Worthless, Impossible and Stupid (by Daniel Isenberg) describes the perspectives of the people who don’t see the opportunity for the product (Worthless), who overestimate the challenge to bring it to market (Impossible), and who criticise and doubt the people who dare to think differently and give it a go (Stupid).

 

Thankfully for us all and for society as a whole, entrepreneurs fall for none of these traps. Instead, they see value where others don’t. They match their skills and strengths to the challenges and opportunities they face. And they take the right judgement calls to make it all happen to deliver success.

 

There’s a great line in Oliver Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street that sums this up brilliantly. It’s not the “Greed is good” quote for which Gordon Gekko became famous. Instead, it’s this almost throwaway line that describes the entrepreneurial process in a sentence:

 

“Money isn’t lost or made. It’s simply transferred from one perception to another.”

 

This is the entrepreneur’s gift and raison d’etre. To see inefficiencies in opportunities and markets – and to fix them. When the entrepreneur succeeds, we all benefit – by definition, since if the entrepreneur was not creating value, they would not have customers, they would not be succeeding.

 

So, especially here in Global Entrepreneurship Week, let’s raise a salute to the outliers, the weird ones, the people who see things differently.

 

But above all, here’s to the people who not only see, but do; to those who feel the risk but take it anyway.

 

Here’s to the entrepreneurs. Your country needs you!

 

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New Assessment Vacancies at Capp

Posted by: Alex Linley, Director, Capp

 

Capp continues to grow from strength to strength (sorry, pun intended ;-) ). As a result, we are looking to add new members to our Consulting team, with a focus on assessment.

 

The positions are advertised on our website here, and the advertisement is also posted below for your ease of reference.

 

If you know anyone who would be a great fit with the best strengths-based assessment team in the country, please encourage them to get in touch. Thank you!

 

Consulting Psychologist / Consultant £24-32k pa + substantial benefits + bonus

Graduate Psychologist / Consultant £18-24k pa + substantial benefits + bonus

 

Do you have the strengths we’re looking for?

 

Capp delivers performance through strengths. Our clients include many international household names across the private and public sectors. Our leading edge work on strengths-based assessment has won client awards and features monthly in the trade press.

 

In order to meet increasing client demand for our strengths-based assessment solutions, we are adding new assessment specialists to our Consulting team.

 

We want to hear from you, if you love to deliver on, and feel energised by:

  • Working to develop strengths-based assessment solutions across the employee life cycle.
  • Having a passion for assessment, with a buzz from implementing leading technology solutions.
  • Listening to clients to understand what they need, delivering practical solutions that add value.
  • Developing market-leading innovations for new assessment products.
  • Writing client-fit assessment materials for online tests, interviews and assessment centres.
  • Taking care and showing personal responsibility to deliver quality in everything you do.
  • Project managing large scale projects, always delivering on time and within budget.

 

If successful, you will join the industry leaders in strengths-based assessment. In return for what you bring to Capp, you will enjoy a substantial benefits package, including contributory occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, performance bonus, flexible working arrangements, training and development opportunities, and being part of a highly engaged and high performing team!

 

We are open to considering both full and part time appointments for these positions. Consultancy and/or commercial experience would be a distinct advantage.

 

For further particulars about the role, and details of how to apply, please contact Emma Mason on +44 (0) 2476 323 363 or emma.mason@cappeu.com

 

For further information about Capp, visit our website, www.cappeu.com

 

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 30th September 2013.

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Capp Announce Vernon Bryce Board Appointment

Posted by: Alex Linley

 

Capp, the leading strengths-based assessment and recruitment employee lifecycle provider, are delighted to announce the board appointment of Vernon Bryce, former founding Managing Partner of Kenexa (Europe), an IBM company and Kenexa Middle East (FZ LLC). Vernon joins this new position, at Capp, on Monday 2 September 2013, as Commercial Director.

 

Vernon joins Capp after 13 years at Kenexa (Europe), an IBM company and Kenexa Middle East (FZ LLC); with more than 40 years working in senior Human Resources positions, in companies such as Gallup, KPMG and PA Consulting to name a few, Vernon brings an in-depth wealth of extensive commercial leadership expertise.

 

‘’I have known Vernon since the time we were considering starting Capp, and as such, have been trying to recruit him since then! It just goes to show that persistence pays off’’….’’I am immensely proud that Vernon is becoming a member of the Capp team.’’ Alex Linley, Director, Capp.

 

‘’I am delighted to be taking the role of Commercial Director at Capp, it is an exciting opportunity, Capp are an incredible company with great passion, innovation and commitment for clients’ growth.’’ Vernon Bryce, Director, Capp.

 

‘‘This is a significant appointment for Capp and further strengthens our growing team to deliver our assessment strategy and business plans.’’ Nicky Garcea, Director, Capp.

About Capp

 

Founded in 2005, Capp is the leading strengths-based assessment provider, enabling organisations to deliver performance through strengths. Capp delivers a fully integrated strengths-based assessment process, making it possible for clients to manage their assessment needs across their employee lifecycle to deliver business growth.

 

Capp products include the strengths identification tool, Realise2 (www.realise2.com), and the Situational Strengths Test, for volume screening and talent assessment.

 

Capp’s strengths-based recruitment process includes our award-winning strengths-based attraction, Situational Strengths Test, strengths-based interviews, assessment centres and on-boarding.

 

Together with our partners eArcu and Sonru, our strengths-based assessment process can be delivered through our second generation eRecruitment platform and video screening, including response handling, project management and information management.

 

Our sector experience includes financial services, professional services, FMCG, retail, pharmaceutical and local government, with clients including Aviva, Barclays, Birmingham City Council, Boehringer Ingelheim, Citigroup, Ernst & Young, Morrisons, Nestlé, NFU Mutual, Standard Chartered Bank and Thomson Reuters.

 

For further information please contact capp@cappeu.com // 02476 323 363 // http://www.cappeu.com

 

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