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altThe Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the Trade Association of the Year, is the representative body for the UK’s £26 billion recruitment and staffing industry. “ Lorraine begins. “The REC is totally committed to raising standards throughout the industry to ensure the most professional service and best practice is always offered to jobseekers and clients alike. Its membership currently comprises 8,000 businesses and more than 6,000 recruitment consultants, all of whom sign up to a ten point Code of Professional Practice on joining. This is to ensure that the highest standards of service are delivered without exception.” On members’ behalf, the REC’s external relations team provides the voice for the industry when lobbying at the highest levels of UK government and European institutions. The REC is represented on a number of organisations such as the Gangmasters Licensing Authority board, the Trade Association Forum and several Government working groups dealing with issues such as vulnerable workers, diversity and equal opportunities. The REC also launched the ground-breaking Diversity Pledge in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus in 2005. The Pledge encourages diversity within the workplace enabling the talent and potential of all jobseekers to be harnessed to achieve business success. The REC has a thriving network of 12 regions including one for Northern Ireland in which a series of local events take place every year for members, Non-members and their clients. “The Northern Ireland Region was very much involved and supported the Irish News inaugural Workplace & Employment Awards 2007. This prestigious event was a great success, where employers and recruiters celebrated together to recognise and acknowledge leading employers throughout the province. These awards have set a very high standard of good employment practice in Northern Ireland and we very much look forward to the 2008 awards”, Lorraine added. There are 105 corporate and a 119 individual REC members in Northern Ireland of who Lorraine Rooney and her Company Prestige Employment Solutions Ltd is a member. Fellow NI Regional Directors Justin Rush, Owner, Abacus Professional Recruitment and Julie Scates, Regional Manager, Grafton ESP make up the experienced board. Any recruiter who joins the association does so voluntarily and the 3 Regional Representatives encourage more NI Recruiters to join in order to support and uphold the standards for the Industry that the REC set and abide by. Last autumn, the REC “raised the bar” on its levels of entry and introduced new measures to ensure compliance such as the introduction of a national assessment team who carry out random inspections on members each year. Lorraine said ‘Those members who do not meet the criteria associated with belonging to the REC are dealt with through its internal Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure. This ensures that all clients using Recruiters who are REC members can expect a high standard of service from their agency with full and comprehensive recruitment procedures being followed, along with a strict code of ethics.’ REC members enjoy a wide range of services which are specifically targeted to helping them maintain the highest standards and realise their full potential as professional recruiters. These include an exclusive free legal and HR helpline manned by Information Officers, qualified lawyers and HR professionals. The REC also offers an extensive range of professional development services including UK-wide training courses, seminars, and qualifications such as the Certificate and Diploma in Recruitment Practice. This ensures members have access to continued professional development and remain up to date with the industry and employment legislation. The REC now offers a Degree in Recruitment Practice through Middlesex University Business School, which is new to the industry. Lorraine Rooney and Justin Rush were the only Northern Ireland students to attain the Diploma in Recruitment Practice this year. In her role as Regional Chair, and throughout her 14years experience in the industry, it is clear that Lorraine is proud and passionate about her industry and the benefits of using Recruitment agencies in attracting the ideal candidates for your company. “When considering recruitment and what agency to use, look out for the REC stamp of approval” she advises. “This stamp represents quality service, good codes of Recruitment Practice and informed consultants guiding you through the recruitment process.” For more information on the REC, how to join or how to find a member agency near you, visit the website, or call 020 7009 2100.

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