… or Best Laid Plans!
Writing this, I’m sitting in a country faring badly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdowns, curfews, restrictions on personal freedoms, mask wearing and armed police on the streets … not to mention the strain on mental health and, of course, risk from the virus.
However, one thing I am NOT worried about is our business.
Why is that? Simple: we have a well-constructed, flexible, simple, tested Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan.
HURRAH! Our 2 new Digital and Technology Solution (DTS) Degree Apprentices have finally joined the Payara Engineering team ….and it’s been such a wait!
Recruitment of UK (DTS) Degree Apprentices is an unusual challenge as the business must think and act like an academic institution. Instead of the usual short hiring cycle, hiring a Degree Apprentice often takes longer than a full academic year as initial advertising has to take place at the start of the school year (September) to fall in line with Year 13 options around University education. Candidates apply for Degree Apprenticeships at the same time as University places, and interviews/offers need to be timed to coincide with University offers during the following Spring. Once the successful applicant has accepted the offer, there is a long wait until November of the following Academic year before they start with Payara… so there is a lot of work done to keep in touch during that time.
Payara will be renewing its company sponsorship of Emma Witherford for 2020 – 2021, enabling her to carry on achieving in her sport at a time when it is most challenging. Continue reading “Sponsoring the Future Winners!”
Its been a turbulent time so far this year for most businesses, and the latest Coronavirus pandemic has changed so much around the work environment that we are now talking about ‘the new normal’’ an environment created to slow down and reduce the transmission of this virus …… accepting change is going to be a necessity. Continue reading “Thinking of Returning to the workplace?”
The COVID-19 pandemic is currently having a profound effect on the world, and all industries are feeling the effects regardless of location, size, or type.
At Payara we are closely monitoring global developments and have implemented our Business Continuity Plan to help us, our customers and our community through this difficult time.
Julia Millidge (HR Manager) and Dominika Tasarz-Sochacka have been appointed as Enterprise Advisers for The Chase High School in Worcestershire, UK.
Worcestershire County Council recognised that students needed to get a clearer understanding of the workplace and created the Junior Internship Program. It offers placements to students at local sixth form colleges the opportunity to work with an employer for up to 2 years, gaining experience of an industry that interests them, and being mentored by employees keen to help develop young people entering the work force. At Payara, we have 3 JIPs who have all been assigned mentors who are currently Degree Apprentices. The apprentices offer monthly mentoring sessions and will work with the JIP student during the work experience block. See what Olga, one of our JIP students has to say!
On Wednesday 12th February, Payara held a programming and coding skills workshop for a number of students at local high school, Dyson Perrins CofE Academy, Worcestershire ,UK.
Led by two of our Degree Apprentices, Cuba Stanley and Matt Gill, the Devoxx4Kids seminar provided a group of students aged 13-14 with the opportunity to expand their tech and electronics knowledge through a range of fun activities, including creative programming and coding music.
Apprenticeship Week is always a great opportunity for Payara to showcase what we do well – encourage and support new talent! This week our current apprentices attended a local High School Apprenticeship Fayre to raise awareness of Payara’s role as a Degree Apprenticeship provider. This face to face opportunity to share knowledge and first-hand experience of apprenticeships with both parents and students is great for recruitment and raising our business profile locally. Continue reading “UK National Apprenticeship Week”
Who doesn’t love the opportunity to wear a festive sweater and raise money for a fantastic charity at the same time? Payarans this year had great fun coming into our Malvern office, donning their varied Christmas sweaters and donating towards – https://www.savethechildren.net/
Christmas for most people is a time of fun, presents, and slight over indulgence ..but for some it can be a time of worry, increased stress, or loneliness. The HR team needs to be aware of these aspects of Christmas as not all staff are going to be feeling the traditional Christmas cheer. In the multi-faith workplace, HR also need to be aware that not everyone will want to celebrate the Christian festival. Continue reading “Christmas in the Workplace Challenge”
Great News ……Payara Services has recently been nominated and shortlisted for the Best Small Family Business category of the Midlands Family Business Awards 2019. Continue reading “Finalist in Best Small Family Business Category”
We are thrilled to announce that for the second year running Payara is a finalist in the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards in the SME Apprentice Employer of the Year category.
The finalist ‘Black tie’ event will be held at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midlands Safari Park on November 14th. This year, Marc Woods, British Paralympic Swimmer and Gold Medallist will be the host. Continue reading “Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards”
Our health is something many of us don’t really appreciate until we lose it! Continue reading “Fruity Friends”
Do You Recognize This Workplace conversation?
Your Manager: “Hey – tomorrow I’ve got to do your appraisal…can we squeeze something in the dairy for the last 30 min of the day….”.
You: “Okay…Emmm..is everything okay with my work?… “(dread and fear rising…beads of sweat forming!) Continue reading “Work Appraisals – Friend or Foe!”
Payara is excited to announce it has pledged its support to kayaking athlete, Emma Witherford, as she competes for Team GB in the 2019 ICF World Championships. Continue reading “Payara Services Sponsors Kayak Athlete”
Payara has opened applications for its internship programme, providing the opportunity for successful candidates to learn from its experienced and international team. Continue reading “Payara Opens Applications for Internships”
CONGRATULATIONS and CELEBRATIONS to our Senior Apprentice Matt Gill who is celebrating his 21st birthday. As 21 is still a ‘special’ birthday in the UK, Payara has given Matt a birthday gift and card and even some celebratory balloons for his desk. Matt brought in a tray of birthday cupcakes to share which were very appreciated.
One of the most amazing things about working at Payara is the number of ‘experts’ we have. Continue reading “The Internal Knowledge Pool”