Ricoh’s Future Talent Development Programme has helped them grow a diverse, sustainable workforce for the future by bringing young talent into the business.
- The programme encouraged recruitment from all areas of society, with fairer recruitment processes through assessment centres showing candidates that they would be judged on their attitude and aptitude, not previous experience, age, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.
- The variety of programmes encouraged young people to apply for roles at Ricoh, so reducing youth unemployment.
- Ricoh staff developed external programmes aimed at career development for young people.
- The programme helped Ricoh significant savings in recruitment fees and salaries.
- Ricoh stabilised its workforce in terms of attrition and grew its expertise by employing the right people in the business.
- Ricoh became an employer of choice, thanks to increased brand awareness with young people.
As the drive for a digital world continues, businesses must ensure they have the correct skills. Ricoh UK took action to tackle a skills gap which was beginning to appear within some key departments, developing its Future Talent Development Programmes to bring in young people. The company knew it could benefit from young people with new ideas who live and breathe technology, and that diversifying the workforce would help them serve their customers better.
Ricoh’s Talent Development Programme aimed to engage with young people through a number of channels, develop their skills in a supportive environment and generate a talent pipeline for the business. The company also runs workshops as part of BITC's Reducing Re-Offending through Employment network and take young offenders into the business via licence release.
What Ricoh's CEO said:
“Ricoh’s commitment to developing and nurturing talent starts with the board of directors and is ingrained throughout the company. Apprenticeships in particular enable us to attract and hire new people who we can develop and transform into talented professionals. By growing our talent from within, we can sustainably and cost-effectively fill skills gaps, and safeguard our business for the future. Apprentices are motivated and enthusiastic individuals whose fresh thinking and valuable contributions to the business help drive our competitive edge. Our talent programmes enable us to support our local communities at the same time as further enhancing our corporate reputation.” - Phil Keoghan, CEO, Ricoh UK Limited