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FastTrack Recruitment

Fill multiple vacancies with local, skilled workers

Need to employ multiple people at a time? Not getting the right candidates? Don’t have the time or resources for lengthy recruitment exercises? Want to reduce expensive agency staff? FastTrack is the solution.

FastTrack is an innovative blend of recruitment and training – designed to help you to attract, select and train local candidates with the potential to succeed.

The programme finds people with the right transferable skills from your local community with little or no experience. Then, through our award-winning industry and business training courses, gives them the core skills to become positive, productive members of your team.

FastTrack recruitment is one of the fastest and lowest-cost methods of hiring and training great new people. It’s perfect for multiple staffing requirements, or for those looking to replace expensive agency staff.

Why Local-Area Recruitment?

FastTrack focuses on attracting candidates from your local community with little or no experience but with the potential to suceed.

Through a comprehensive assessment process, candidates with the right potential are given the specialist training to become confident and skilled in their roles.

We’ve repeatedly seen how local recruitment, coupled with effective induction training, produces high-quality, successful and dedicated employees.

FastTrack recruitment also seeks to regenerate the local employment market by putting lower paid or unemployed people into well-paid, gainful employment with real career prospects.

Specialists in Local Government Recruitment

escalla specialises in local government recruitment.

We’ve worked with local authorities across the UK, delivering tailored, local recruitment solutions. Through our tried and tested recruitment process and assessment days, we can help find the perfect people to fill your teams.

Benefits of FastTrack Recruitment:

  • Fill vital roles at a fraction of market rate
  • Attract motivated and productive staff
  • Reduce staff turnover and attendant costs
  • Help boost the local workforce
  • Replace expensive temps
  • Free-up managers from lengthy recruitment exercises
  • More efficient and inclusive than traditional recruitment methods
  • Tried and tested to meet local government recruitment requirements

Included in a FastTrack Programme

There are two ways to benefit from a FastTrack recruitment programme:

  1. Full programme: escalla deliver all elements of the programme
  2.  Flexible programme: escalla deliver agreed elements of the programme and you deliver some elements yourself

We can build a bespoke FastTrack programme that meets your needs. To find out more, see below or contact us.

FastTrack Elements:

The FastTrack programme consists of:

  • Advertising
  • CV sifting
  • Telephone interviewing
  • Assessment Day
  • Legislative or systems training
  • Conflict management or soft skills training
  • Eligibility checks
  • Referencing
  • DBS checks
  • Psychometric testing
  • Further Induction training (optional)

Advertising (flexible - escalla or client led) Job adverts are produced and signed off by the client, before being posted on external advertising sites. Ad responses are received via a central escalla managed mailbox, monitored during work and evening hours.

CV Sifting (flexible - escalla or client led) Applicant CVs are reviewed against agreed criteria. We would expect to receive in excess of 175 applicants for each FastTrack; escalla ensure every CV we receive is reviewed. Successful CV applicants are then put forward for telephone interview.

Telephone Interviewing (escalla led) Telephone interviewing is conducted over a two to three-week period, as applications are submitted. Our interviewers are fully skilled in measuring and scoring candidates against the same criteria. Interviews are conducted by a team of at least 4 people per day. Evening and weekend interviews are also conducted by at least one member of our team. Successful candidates at this stage are then invited to the Assessment Day.

Assessment Day (escalla led) On average, 100 candidates are invited to attend the Assessment Day, conducted on the client’s premises. The day consists of numeracy/literacy tests, group activities and interviews – scored against specific criteria.

Legislative or Systems Training (optional – delivered by escalla) Successful candidates from the Assessment Day can be invited to undertake legislative or systems training, such as Housing Benefit, Council Tax, debt recovery, Business Rates etc. Training ends with a test, and scores/feedback is provided to the client.

Conflict Management or Soft Skills Training (optional – delivered by escalla) Soft skills and Conflict management training can also be provided to successful candidates, to fully prepare them for the role. The candidates are measured during the training and feedback is provided to the client.

Eligibility Checks (flexible - escalla or client led) Checks are undertaken during the Assessment Day to ensure all candidates are permitted to work in the UK.

Referencing (escalla or client led) A stringent referencing exercise is undertaken for each successful candidate according to the client’s referencing policy.

DBS Checks (optional - escalla or client led) All successful candidates undertake a DBS check if required by the role, and the certificates are provided to the client.

Psychometric Testing (optional – escalla led) Successful candidates can undertake an online psychometric test. The results of this are collated and shared with the client.

Final Interviews (client led) The final successful candidates attend interviews with the client. Typically, clients interview 25%-50% more candidates than are required. Final successful candidates are then offered roles with the organisation (pending satisfactory references and DBS checks where required).

Contact us to find out more

Contact us to find out more or discuss your requirements. We can put together a custom-made recruitment programme to suit a wide range of budgets and staffing needs.

Download our FastTrack case study: Central Befordshire Council



A quick intro to FastTrack and how you could benefit!

Listen to why Brent Council use FastTrack to recruit and train staff.

Central Bedfordshire Council

FastTrack Recruitment
and training programme

FastTrack Recruitment Programme Central Beds Council
Gary MuskettHead of Revenues and Benefits, CBC
"We were finding it difficult to recruit experienced staff, using traditional methods of recruitment. FastTrack recruitment has proven that another way is possible by delivering high-quality staff both quickly and cost effectively."

Brent Council

FastTrack Recruitment
and training programme

FastTrack Recruitment Programme Brent Council
David OatesHead of Service, Brent Council
"escalla's approach was both refreshing and highly professional. They have provided us with high calibre candidates with excellent skills and who have proved dedicated and very quick to learn. Perhaps most importantly, escalla's FastTrack recruitment process has enabled us to attract and select from a large group of applicants, in many cases people whom we might not necessarily have attracted or identified through traditional methods."

Ealing Council

FastTrack Recruitment
and training programme

FastTrack Recruitment Programme Ealing Council
Patrick HallCorporate Collections and Housing Benefit Overpayments Manager
“escalla did an excellent job recruiting and training seven new debt recovery officers for us. It was very uplifting to see such a strong and dedicated group of candidates who had clearly prepared for their assessments and interviews. FastTrack is a definite winner and has enabled Ealing to successfully appoint a high standard of staff to take the Council’s collection service forward”.

Tendring Council

FastTrack Recruitment
and training programme

Harry BatesFormer Head of Revenues and Benefits
"We needed recruits who could hit the ground running and FastTrack made that possible"

‘How can we find a permanent, resource-light solution to our increasing customer enquiries?’ 

London Borough of Redbridge wanted new staff to meet a rise in demand across both their Revenues and Benefits Department, and Customer Contact Centre. Instead of putting the burden of recruitment on their own managers – or relying on temporary staff – they came back to escalla and asked us to help them set up a tailored FastTrack programme. This involved a local recruitment and assessment process, to help their organisation attract, assess, select and train new employees in a single service. At the end of the programme, nine talented candidates were selected to join their teams. Since the FastTrack, London Borough of Redbridge’s new staff are performing well, and the organisation is now setup to handle more calls every day.

London Borough of Redbridge

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