Duncan Mann, Global HR Manager, KAL ATM Software Successfully addressing the skills needs of 21st century businesses is a constant work in progress. As an organisation operating in the evolving FinTech sector, digital technology and software skills are essential requirements at KAL ATM Software. We employ 160 people globally, with 60 in Scotland, so ensuring we have the right abilities throughout our teams is a key part of the business. To successfully achieve our recruitment needs we have targeted universities, students and apprentices whilst making the most of the opportunities presented by the public sector.
- As part of Education Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce, members of staff visit high school students to spread awareness of the brand and the opportunities we can provide. This gives pupils information that they may want to consider when making their choice of subjects for college and university.
- A vital step has been creating strong links with Scotland’s universities. We sponsor a bursary at the University of Edinburgh and, along with the country’s other universities, they contribute to our internship programme. We are also involved with the informatics course at Heriot Watt, taking two or three students at a time. Beyond that, we have looked further afield and have an internship in place with the University of Toulouse.
- For graduate recruitment we communicate opportunities using channels relevant to young people and make full use of our digital marketing interns knowledge of social media outlets. Our use of social has been very successful to date, with posts shared and passed on in large numbers. We advertise our vacancies using more traditional means and make sure we present on all the university job boards and newsletters.
- We also make sure that we get our brand out there and heard by students as early as possible. We don’t just target those in their final years. We encourage interns who have worked with us previously to attend careers’ fairs so students can hear about opportunities and experiences at KAL from people of their own peer group.