Ganymede specialise in recruiting the best technical and engineering talent and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK clients.
As part of the RTC Group, an AIM-listed recruitment group, Ganymede is a market leader in providing a diverse range of people solutions to the rail, energy, construction, highways and transportation sectors.
With offices strategically located across the country, we provide our clients with the benefit of a national network of skilled personnel combined with local expertise. We have over 1,500 skilled staff currently deployed across the country on a daily basis.
We tailor our solutions to suit our client needs. Whether it’s recruiting permanent and temporary technical, engineering and safety-critical roles or providing fully managed workforce solutions of recruitment, training, account management, contingent labour and fleet provision, we work closely with our clients to understand their requirements, keeping their goals in mind every step of the way.
Ganymede’s core values define what we stand for and how we do things, helping us to provide the best possible service to our clients and candidates while maintaining a healthy working environment for our employees.
We care about local communities and are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent. We strive to support charities and good causes and take care of the environment by operating ethically and sustainably.
People Are Our Passion
People are at the heart of everything we do. Through our in-depth recruitment processes, we attract, develop and retain the best people, supporting our clients to deliver projects safely and efficiently.
Every action taken by the organisation is done with skill, care and pride in mind. This ensures that every level of the organisation is accountable and provides the best possible service.
By continually building upon our vast industry knowledge and working collaboratively with our clients, we always deliver first-class, innovative and tailored solutions with our client goals in mind.
Safety First, Safety Always
Safety is at the forefront of our business operations. Awareness and continuous improvement eliminates complacency and ensures we keep our workforce, industry colleagues and communities safe.
Our contingent labour services include the recruitment, training and workforce management of safety-critical personnel from our strategically located offices across the UK.
As well as compliant contract recruitment, we provide payroll solutions and a unique IR35 assessment service designed to protect our clients and contractors.
Ganymede's permanent recruitment processes help you find the best talent for your business and is backed up by our market-leading two year guarantee.
Our executive search service is completely tailored to the needs of your business. Added extras include advanced screening processes and psychometric testing.
We pride ourselves in not just supplying to, but also fully immersing ourselves in the transportation sector, and have done so for over 50 years. Ganymede work hard to identify transferable skills ...
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Supporting original equipment manufacturers, train and freight operators and national main contractors, Ganymede recruit across all stages of rail projects, including design and development, build...
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Ganymede has worked closely with clients on some of the most impressive commercial and residential construction projects throughout the UK, hiring for every stage of the process from design to buil...
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Our energy division is a leading provider of skilled engineers in safety-critical and customer-facing environments for energy suppliers, utilities and maintenance companies.From supplying individua...
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Ganymede play an important part in highways, ensuring our clients have the best engineers capable of delivering projects on time and to budget. We support highways projects from planning and design...
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Our turnkey solution to packages of works includes the full planning, management, engineering and delivery of a wide range of Civil Engineering and Permanent Way works.We work collaboratively with ...
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Exclusive Supplier of Skilled Smart Meter and Electrical Vehicle Engineers to OVO Energy
Ganymede has been working with OVO Energy since 2016, one of the UK’s fastest growing energy providers.In 2019, Ganymede was appointed as an exclusive supplier to OVO Energy to supply skilled smart meter and electric vehicle (EV) car charging engineers.The SolutionWith a large skills shortage of smart metering and EV charging engineers across the country, Ganymede’s internal systems and attraction capability has been instrumental in finding suitable candidates to fulfil OVO’s personnel requirements. We worked very closely with our client to fully understand their requirements, not only on the technical aspect but also on behavioural and characteristic traits and interpersonal skills our client was looking for. Growing the Ovo ethos was very fundamental to our client.Ganymede developed a targeted plan to attract suitable candidates that would help OVO Energy deliver their operational deliverables. Through our robust recruitment process coupled with a dedicated account manager and resource team to work solely on the requirements of OVO Energy, we were able to support throughout the whole recruitment and delivery.Key Facts:Ganymede has successfully supported the growth of OVO Energy by recruiting a large proportion of their technical field work forceGanymede has played an integral part working alongside OVO Energy’s internal recruitment team.Value Added:By building an open and honest rapport with OVO Energy to get a true understanding of their requirements and challenges, Ganymede delivered excellence by supplying a technically skilled workforce who were a good fit for OVO Energy in line with their company culture and values.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Gas Engineers Workforce Solution for British Gas
Ganymede has been working in collaboration with British Gas for over 15 years. British Gas is the UK’S largest energy provider and largest home care insurance cover provider in the private housing sector with over 20 million customers. With a focus on maintaining and installing domestic heating, British Gas is the largest employer of subcontract gas engineers in the UK. The SolutionOur first step was to ensure that we fully understood the requirements of our client by working closely with their internal recruitment team.With a vast knowledge of the British Gas recruitment process along with our industry knowledge and expertise in recruitment, we implemented a targeted recruitment and training plan designed to attract and retain a skilled workforce to support British Gas with their project delivery targets. Supported with a dedicated account manager, Ganymede continues to support British Gas with the supply and management of a skilled and reliable workforce of gas engineers across the UK. Key Facts:Ganymede is one of the top five suppliers of workforce solutions to British GasGanymede has played an integral part in helping British Gas achieve their delivery and operational goals by working closely their internal recruitment teamOver the past 15 years, we have supported British Gas with the recruitment and training of over 700 heating engineers Value Added:Ganymede has developed a strong brand within the energy market, which enabled us to attract the highest quality candidates for British Gas.Our robust recruitment process ensures we attract and recruit personnel that not only have the right technical ability but also the right behaviours required in line with the core values of both British Gas and Ganymede.Whilst promoting our core value of Safety First, Safety Always, we continue to recite a proactive approach to health and safety. Ganymede continues to work with British Gas, adding great value to the energy industry. Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Huddersfield Re-signalling Project
Ganymede was appointed by Babcock Rail to mobilise an experienced multi-disciplined civils team to help deliver the Huddersfield Re-signalling project. The project was initially put at risk due to a shortage of skilled civils personnel within the North West region. In order to complete the civils programme and to ensure that the deadline was met, at short notice Ganymede was appointed to mobilise additional experienced multi-disciplined civils teams. Client: Network Rail and BabcockDateOctober 2018Key Facts · Our client benefited from our dedicated workforce working to rigid deadlines so they could meet their delivery milestones. · The quality of resource provided was fundamental in the client being able to produce a high standard of installation work, this was crucial to maintaining handover deadlines. · Zero RIDDOR and lost time injuries were a key reflection of adding value to the client, this was demonstrated and enforced with our proactive and very professionally administered safety culture of Safety First, Safety Always. · Ganymede assisted by installing 40km of new routes for the project. Our SolutionBy supporting the project with 80 additional experienced competent site resources, Ganymede ensured the Huddersfield re-signalling project was delivered safely, effectively and within the expected timeframe. We proudly delivered a workforce solution that superseded the expectations of our client by working collaboratively with them at all stages of the project.Value AddedIn addition to our fully managed service and of the provision of competent and safety critical staff, Ganymede also added value to the client in the planning of the project. This project was very restricted with regards to both access and topography and our teams supported with both precision planning and execution.“Regarding works undertaken by the Ganymede gangs on my project H2B, I confirm that the ones I visited completed the works in a good manor and good standard and they were happy to engage in conversation to try to improve things.”Construction Manager, Siemens Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Safety Critical and OLE Skilled Staff - East West Rail - Bletchley Viaduct
The Bletchley Viaduct project is part of the new East West Rail line, providing new journey opportunities between central, southern and western England. Ganymede worked collaboratively alongside Volker Rail Specialist Business to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be completed safely and efficiently. ClientVolker Rail Specialist BusinessDateFebruary 2019 – May 2019Key Facts· Ganymede provided crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women to the Bletchley Viaduct project, part of the wider East West Rail Project· Ganymede supplied all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be successfully completed safely and efficiently.· With the Bletchley area having shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede was able to support the successful delivery of the project by using our nationwide skilled workforce.Our SolutionThroughout the project, Ganymede supplied and managed all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system and deliver the preliminary phase of the East West Rail Bletchley Viaduct project. Our continuous focus on Safety First, Safety Always, enabled us to deliver the project safely with zero accidents or incidents. Ganymede was able to advise and supply the client’s project team with competent and safety-focused personnel, ensuring we mitigated any risks and delivered the project on time and on budget.Value AddedWith the Bletchley area having a shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede supplied an efficient number of crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women from our nationwide workforce. A well-managed and cooperative workforce from London and Doncaster were assigned and relocated for the duration of the project. Ganymede dedicated an account manager who was responsible for ensuring all resource requirements were efficiently managed throughout the project. Due to Ganymede’s robust processes and logistical capabilities and commitment to keeping our workforce safe, we ensured that we managed and controlled fatigue levels throughout all stages of the project.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
SSE Case Study
Ganymede was chosen as the exclusive supplier to supply and manage a minimum of 250 smart meter engineers for SSE’s UK wide installation role out. SSE’s key business drivers were: to reduce risk, to reduce cost and secure supply of skilled smart meter engineers.In our partnership with SSE, Ganymede is responsible for all recruitment, training and workforce management of our engineers. Ganymede’s safety first, safety always approach is focused on providing excellence in safety and satisfaction to the end customer. To achieve this Ganymede deployed our own operations team qualified and experienced in the smart metering industry.Ganymede mobilised a dedicated team with fully qualified and technically experienced industry experts and support staff including; Operations Manager, Field Team Leaders, Account Manager, Resource team and Contract Administrator. This team is then provided back office support and monitored by our Health and Safety, Compliance, HR and IT teams.Ganymede currently have over 50 engineers working and managed across the UK with our Operations Team to provide on site support and performance management of our teams. As part of our role in our partnership with SSE, Ganymede has been able to support in improving safety and standards across the workforce and to help provide efficiency and cost savings. Ganymede have maintained an excellent safety record on this contract and our defective installation rate is significantly within the parameters of the service level agreement.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Oxford Corridor Project Case Study
Ganymede was appointed by Network Rail as the primary labour supplier for the Oxford Corridor Project to help deliver a package of schemes and improve the Great Western Route.The Great Western route is being modernised to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. As both passenger and freight traffic through Oxford continues to grow, Network Rail is delivering a package of schemes including re-signalling, track remodelling and upgrades to increase capacity, connections and route availability for passengers and freight operators.The previous principal contractor for the Oxford Corridor project went into liquidation in 2018, consequently jeopardising planned operations at the time. Without an effective solution, the potential impact would have been operational delays, increased project costs, mass workforce redundancies and failure to meet key strategic project milestones.The Solution:With the involuntary change in the contract landscape, Network Rail became the principal contractor and formed the Western Enhancement Delivery (WED) division and Ganymede was appointed by WED as the primary labour supplier for the project.To enable a smooth integration within the 21-day time frame, Ganymede needed to win the hearts and minds of the incumbent workforce who were in turmoil with the uncertainty surrounding their positions. Equally, it required the creation of a new account management / resource team who could implement robust resource plans to meet the intended skilled labour uplifts for the duration of the project but, namely to meet the non-standard blockade programmed in four weeks after the resource contract was taken over by Ganymede.Key Facts:Ganymede integrated an incumbent workforce of over 60 individuals, completed relevant compliance checks, developed a training programme and provided a fleet of vehicles including telematics and driver induction/training, all within the project’s tight timescale of 21-days.Ganymede helped to deliver four successful commissionings over three blockades for a new track layout and signalling system. The project included a mixture of track and civil works including track renewals, station refurbishment, piling and end wall construction, demolition, track formation and acoustic barrier installation. At peak we were regularly deploying and managing over 150 personnel at the project in Oxford.All works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents. Including the delivery of a major 21-day blockade that required a 150% uplift of resources.Following on from the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continues to support Network Rail (WED) with resources on other projects.Value Added:An integrated Oxford delivery structure was created by key figures from Ganymede and Network Rail senior management team. The newly created dedicated account management team held a series of consultation events at the project depot. This helped allay any fears the project team had and introduced all the operatives to Ganymede. These events were pivotal in outlining the opportunities on the project, our plans as a business moving forward and the expectations from passengers.The programme involved a 21-day implementation time-frame for Ganymede to compliantly ensure the smooth integration of the incumbent workforce. Over 60 individuals were consulted and contracted to Ganymede resulting in no losses of any jobs. The Ganymede fleet department successfully sourced a large fleet of vehicles on to the project through our supply chain, ensuring business as usual from day one of the newly formed collaboration.As part of the staff transition / integration process and in preparation to the forthcoming planned blockade, we held a series of Safety Moment events. This enabled us to embed our safety culture, identify any skills gaps and develop a dedicated training programme.Fundamental to the blockade’s success, was the fact we ensured every shift had internal resource management or our safety team on site. Part of the process also included site update reports every 12 hours to the WED project team. The report outlined real time progress with information on planned work against programme, resource updates, safety close call reporting and resolution, safety status and potential contingency requirements.The ResultThrough a positive safety culture and a passionate resourceful attitude, the Oxford Corridor project was a major success. More importantly, all works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents, there were no overruns throughout the life of the project and all the works were delivered on time and within budget.Following on from the success of the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continue to support the WED project team with resources for their ongoing projects.“As you know we completed what we can only be described as a significant piece of work in the Oxford area. We delivered a major milestone in the project successfully and with very few real issues. The professionalism on the WED team has been excellence and the attitudes great. I’m really proud of what we have all achieved as a team and am really grateful to you all. On the Whole I’ve been really impressed with the Ganymede team in taking on the mantel since Carillion’s demise and supporting Network Rail with the continued delivery of the Oxford project. I’ve found everybody in Ganymede has wanted to help an support that delivery and resolve any issues quickly. You should all be really proud of this team, well done and thank you.” Senior Programme Manager, Western Enhancements Delivery – Network RailGet in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
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IR35: Important Information for End Hirers
Following the Chancellor's budget announcement, we must now assume that the IR35 reforms in the private sector will continue to go ahead as planned on 6th April 2021, and end hirers need to ensure they are all fully aware of how their responsibilities are changing. What is IR35? IR35 is a piece of legislation designed to tackle what the HMRC have called ‘disguised employment’. Using a number of factors, it aims to differentiate between PSC contractors who are genuinely in business on their own account and those who should be considered employees for tax purposes. What does it mean for you? As of April 2021, it will be the responsibility of the end hirer to assess the employment status for tax purposes of all PSC contractors. In line with the legislation, you are required to take reasonable care in doing so, which means you need to properly assess the status of your contractors, provide a determination, and provide an explanation behind your decision. What should you do now? Time is ticking but there is still time to make sure your business is fully compliant with the changes to the IR35 legislation using the following steps: Assess your workforce. You’ll need to know how many contractors are working through a limited company, where there are, and what they do. Consider your options. There are a number of ways in which you can make your status determinations, including using a third-party provider or utilising the HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, so you’ll need to decide which one is right for you. Carry out your Status Determination Statements. To get the most accurate assessment on whether or not a contractor should be considered Inside IR35 or Outside IR35, you should be liaising with the contractor themselves and their key points of contact within your business, so communication is key. Pass the Status Determination Statement down the supply chain. Your responsibilities under the legislation require you to pass your decision and the reasoning behind it to all interested parties, namely the contractor and the agency who engages them. Communicate with your supply chain. It’s important to protect yourself by ensuring any recruitment agencies within your supply chain are complying with the decisions you have made and are deducting PAYE Tax and National Insurance Contributions as required. Reassess when needed. You need to assess the IR35 status of PSC contractors any time any element of the worker’s contract or their working practices change. Depending on the nature of their engagement, you will also want to reassess every six to twelve months to ensure you and they are still compliant with the legislation. If you're unsure about any of the above, or require some advice and support on how to assess your contractors, get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible to ensure you're IR35 compliant.
National Apprenticeship Week 2021
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 Taking place across the country, National Apprenticeship Week showcases how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds. Ganymede are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021 to spotlight the amazing work done by our apprentices as well as to provide an insight into what the scheme involves.Apprenticeships are a great way to hit the ground running, learn relevant skills whilst also making a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation you are joining. On top of all this, you'll be earning whilst you learn and working towards receiving a qualification at the end of your scheme. If you are considering an apprenticeship but aren't sure what it might involve, we spoke to two of our apprentices, Andy Rowland and James Bacchus, to provide you with an insight into the Ganymede scheme: "Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?"Andy "I wanted to do an apprenticeship as I felt that I would gain more from it in the long run, as opposed to just paying for my PTS and trying to get work and progress on track that way. I believe that I will become more employable in the future with the experience, opportunities and tickets I have gained so far through the apprentice program." James "I chose the apprenticeship route as I realised what an opportunity it was and how many different tickets and qualifications I could achieve. As well as this, I also realised it was a great opportunity to help start a fantastic career within the railway.""What projects have you worked on with Ganymede?" Andy "So far, I have been involved in many Ganymede projects and have been putting to good use some of the tickets I have obtained, from using my Working at Heights to assist with a special project on a gantry where we were updating some safety railings, to operating the triple wacker on a big renewal job at Harrogate Station. I have also been involved in assisting the installation of a set of switches on the same job." James "I have been involved in a few different projects, such as full re rails to laying new tracks and troughing routes. I have also been a part of a specialist projects team who travel the country dealing with a variety of aspects such as signal improvements, signal renewals and putting new signals in. I have also been part of teams that were doing troughing routes, both taking out old trough routes and replacing with newer troughs and tidying them up, laying new cable to be installed into signals etc.""What have you learnt during your apprenticeship with Ganymede?" Andy "I feel that I am progressing well through the apprenticeship thus far, both with the theory and practical aspects. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to assist with work operations in a physical manor and contribute towards problem solving to get the job at hand completed within the set time scales." James "During my Apprenticeship with Ganymede I have learnt many different skills and roles since starting. I have learnt how to use and be competent with most of the small plant and hand tools that you will come across on the railway, as well as learning how to carry out a variety of different job roles such as troughing, laying and taking up track, sleeper changes laying new sleepers and digging them out correctly. As well as carrying out the civil side of the railway, such as clearing vegetation access improvements, cable pulling, troughing, signal improvements and laying new cables. I have enjoyed getting hands on and learning new skills whilst out on sites on jobs as well as working in different places all over the country.""What are your future plans in your career?" Andy "I'm looking forward to progressing further. I strive to always better myself, to become a valued employee, a key team player and hopefully resulting in me being requested to assist with future work operations and to work my way up within the industry."James "My future plans are to carry on learning throughout my apprenticeship and pick up as many skills as I can and to see what different job roles are out there. In doing so, I hope to find a certain role with in the railway which I enjoy and I can excel in and work my way up the ladder within this job role."If you would like to join a rail apprenticeship scheme or get more information on what the Ganymede apprenticeship entails, contact us for more information.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Interviewing
The Do’s and Don’ts of Online InterviewingThere is no denying that 2020 was a year of change. The way we now live, and work looks completely different to what it did twelve months ago and as a result, the way in which companies now recruit has also changed. While online interviewing has become more frequent in recent years, it is now being used at the recruitment method of choice as we move into 2021, especially in the early stages of a recruitment process. In this blog we will talk you through the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of online interviewing, to allow you to make the best first impression and secure that role!Do put time aside to complete the online interview; just because you do not need to travel to the interview and meet someone face to face, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take it as seriously. Ensure that you have enough time to prepare for and complete the interview properly and don’t need to rush through it. Don’t have any distractions; you will likely be participating in the video interview from the comfort of your own home. Where possible, schedule the interview at a time where you will be alone and shut yourself away in a room away from any distractions. Turn off the TV and radio, turn your phone and computer notifications off and focus on the task at hand. Do think about how you present yourself; just because you are not visiting the company’s offices, doesn’t mean you should forget about presenting yourself professionally. Get ready as you would for a normal interview, research the company’s dress code and plan your outfit accordingly ensuring it is appropriate. Consider the environment that will be visible during your interview; make sure you are somewhere suitable and that it is tidy. Also ensure you are physically well; flu season is upon us and if you would consider yourself too unwell to attend an interview, ask to reschedule. Your interview would rather see you at your best! Don’t relax too much; while it is important to be yourself and allow your personality to shine, remember you are still being interviewed. Usually your home is a place where you can unwind and relax, however for the duration of your interview ensure you are in a professional mindset. Be aware of your body language. Sit upright in front of the camera, be alert and don’t make any jokes or comments that you wouldn’t in a ‘normal’ interview.Do be engaging and enthusiastic; for some there is something daunting about an online interview and it is very normal to let nerves take over. Without social queues and prompts, it can be difficult to get your personality across and that is without any potential tech issues such as the screen freezing or the sound lagging. Smile as much as possible and although it may feel weird, make eye contact with your camera to ensure the interviewer knows they have your full attention.Don’t let technology stand in your way; there are some occasions where technology fails us – it has happened to everyone at some point and sometimes it cannot be avoided. However, do everything you can to ensure you won’t have any issues; check your camera and sound is working ahead of the interview, test your internet connection beforehand and make sure all your equipment is fully charged! If you are using our virtual interview platform, Ganymede Connect, you will be able to record a test to ensure you’re happy with the system and technology you’re using.Do enjoy the process; it is easier said than done, I know! However, remember that you wouldn’t even be completing an online interview if your application wasn’t being seriously considered. The hiring manager or recruiter has clearly seen something in your CV they like the look of. Remember an interview is a two-way process, it is your opportunity to decide if the company is a good fit for you as much as it is for them. Ask questions, get to know the interviewer and embrace the opportunity! Let’s face it, interviewing is something many of us find daunting. With the many changes online interviewing will bring to the table, it’s perfectly normal to have some nerves. However, don’t let this put you off applying to that perfect role. Ensure you are fully prepared by remembering our interview tips in this article and you’ll be certain to make a great first impression.
Safety First Newsletter - Winter Edition 2020
The Winter edition of Safety First, Ganymede’s quarterly safety newsletter is now available to read.In this edition we focus on:Lessons LearnedRecharging portable electrical equipmentVerification of the Safe System of Work within the Safe Work PackSpotlight on SafetyClose Call winner, Matt CookHealth and WellbeingWake up your anklesHand Arm Vibration (HAV)RelationshipsCouch to 5KSleep Hygiene5 top tips for eating healthier this WinterDriving in WinterDriving in Winter conditionsKnow your speed limitsSocial ResponsibilityGanymede's commitment to social responsibility in 2021Our partnership with SamaritansRead the Winter 2020 Safety First Newsletter hereAs always, we trust you will find the newsletter useful and engaging. If you have any questions or feedback after reading this edition of Safety First, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the form below.
What will 2021 bring for job seekers?
What will 2020 be remembered for from a recruitment perspective? I suspect we would all offer a similar answer to this and that most will be doing everything they can to forget the past 12 months. I hope that as we continue to navigate these unpredictable waters, that we recognise how well recruitment activity has (finally) evolved beyond its over-reliance on ineffective CV or ‘application form’ driven processes and the opportunities this presents us. This is great news for you as a candidate; writing CVs is a guessing game which routinely fails to reward the best candidates, rather leaving hiring managers interviewing the best CV writers. 2020 has enforced a change and witnessed the real emergence of video interviewing as a key element of the selection process. But video interviewing has been around for years right? Well, yes and no. Yes, in that Skype, Zoom, Facetime, Teams alongside many other web conferencing tools have been seen in use where logistically it has been difficult to get people together. But ‘no’ because the interviewing aspect of a hiring process still necessitated a face to face meeting; rarely would a hiring manager be comfortable to make a hiring decision from a video interview alone. They were used to rubber stamp a decision already made. Now we are seeing video interviewing really influence the selection process, with an increasing number of companies incorporating video at the outset of a hiring campaign. Why is this such good news? Citing Richard Branson; "Personality before [resume]. A person who has multiple degrees in your field isn't always better than someone with broad experience and a wonderful personality."As companies embrace the time saving and effectiveness of video at the start of a hiring process, as a candidate you have a much greater opportunity to present your personality than you can achieve in a CV or application form. A potential ‘no’ can be turned into a ‘yes’. Ganymede’s team has seen many great examples in 2020 where the candidate deemed weakest on paper has proven to be the best in reality! Whilst we are not all gifted creative writers, it does not mean you are not a gifted Engineer or Project Manager etc, which you will more effectively be able to communicate through video (consider if a picture speaks a thousand words, how many does a video speak?) I am looking for a new role, what do I need to consider? Do not rely solely on your CV, LinkedIn profile or application form! We’re not saying these are unimportant, far from it, but as more people are looking for new roles and companies continue to embrace behavioural and personality driven selection methods, candidates can greatly enhance their position in the pack through becoming marketeers of themselves. This too involves embracing the value of video. Are you confident and comfortable in front of a camera? Most people aren’t, but it gets easier with practice (and practice will give you incredible awareness of how you ‘present’ to others!). Similarly, do you consider yourself a technology whiz? With the sheer number of video conferencing systems now available, it’s easy to let the nerves of various technology stumbling blocks affect your confidence and make for a disjointed interview. This is why we have invested heavily in our purpose-built virtual platform, Ganymede Connect. With step-by-step tutorials to support you, you can be certain that your only focus will be on the interview content itself - no distractions. What does this mean for 2021? Whilst we are only one week into 2021, the year has already provided further ‘change’ to the employment market – Brexit, IR35 legislation change in April and continued unpredictability and uncertainty courtesy of COVID-19. Within all of the above will be opportunity; investment into the transport and infrastructure sectors remains strong (despite recent amendments) and the pre COVID-19 skills gap hasn’t gone away (it’s just not quite got the same headlines right now). How you promote yourself, present yourself and highlight your unique personalities will be key to capturing not just any role in 2021, but the role to get excited about. Every company is planning for a strong fightback from the challenges of 2020 – they will certainly be looking for their new hires to contribute to that fight with positivity, energy and imagination. How will you demonstrate yours in your next application? Ganymede is working with several innovative organisations in the UK transportation and infrastructure sectors who have committed hiring plans for 2021. Many of these businesses have embedded Ganymede Connect into their hiring processes to eliminate unnecessary travel, reduce infection risk inherent with face-to-face meetings and improve the candidate journey from application through to hire. If you are looking for opportunities with forward thinking companies involved in the construction, improvement and maintenance of the UK’s infrastructure assets, we would be delighted to hear from you and to help you prepare for the changing hiring journey.
Ganymede welcomes new apprentices onboard
Ganymede are delighted to have welcomed 12 new apprentices onto the company’s Apprenticeship scheme The Ganymede Apprenticeship Scheme provides fantastic opportunities for individuals and prepares them for a future career in the rail sector. Apprentices learn the fundamental skills needed to work in the rail industry by undertaking work trackside, whilst developing academic skills in a classroom environment. Working in partnership with Network Rail, and training provider Intertrain, our apprentices will achieve a Track Maintenance Rail Infrastructure Engineering apprenticeship qualification at the end of the 12-month scheme. What does the Ganymede Apprenticeship Scheme entail? Throughout the apprenticeship, individuals will be doing a combination of classroom and practical based sessions. This intake has been split into two groups of six, so they can receive full exposure to the industry. Initially, the apprentices will receive five weeks of extensive training, which includes induction to track, OLEC1 and small plant. Following this, the apprentices will continue their classroom-based learning two days a week at their local college and go on to develop their practical skills two to three days onsite. The Apprentices will carry out various range of jobs, including the changing sleepers, routine maintenance tasks, renewals tasks, civil works such as vegetation tools training and Lookout training. What will apprentices achieve at the end of the scheme? On completion of the apprenticeship, each candidate will achieve the following qualifications: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Track Maintenance Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge Essential skills Personal learning and thinking skills Employment rights and responsibilities Oliver Wright, Operations Director at Ganymede said: “I am delighted to welcome our latest apprentices to the business. Our Apprenticeship Programme is an important way for us to support talented individuals build their careers, transfer their skills and encourage a new generation of rail engineers. I wish our new apprentices the very best of luck as they start their exciting new careers.” Individuals may then continue to work as a Track Operative or will have an opportunity to progress onto Level 3 Apprenticeship in Rail Engineering. Our apprentices have shown great enthusiasm already:“I’ve found both communicating with Intertrain and Ganymede an easy process in regard to learning and courses.” “My experience with Ganymede and what they are offering is great. Also, at Intertrain, all the staff tutors are great to listen to.” If you are looking for an apprentice or would like to join a rail apprenticeship scheme, contact us for more information.