Bluebird is a national care provider, working
with customers and their families who require social care in their
own homes. Each year, Bluebird make over 4.5 million visits -
12,500 a day to over 6,300 customers.
Bluebird in Barnet employ over 50 members of staff but required
rapid and appropriate recruitment support to help them expand their
team and meet their customers' needs.
They approached Reed in Partnership to use our recruitment
agency and began working with one of our dedicated local
Our Recruitment Manager met with the management team and
identified the problems they were having finding appropriate
candidates. They had spent time and money interviewing
inappropriate candidates, such as those lacking skills, flexibility
To address this, our Recruitment Manager invited Bluebird into
our local Work
Programme branch to present to a group of our candidates
interested in working in the care industry. This allowed them to
describe and answer questions about the roles and their
requirements en masse, ensuring only candidates with a passion and
aptitude for care work applied for the roles.
We also arranged special training, using our Routes2Success
course, to increase interest in the vacancies and help our
candidates hone skills relevant to the Bluebird vacancies.
Our Recruitment Manager took responsibility for many aspects of
the recruitment process, including screening candidates, scheduling
interviews, dealing with paperwork - such as police checks and
references - and arranging training to fill skills gaps, where
Using our service, Bluebird have been able to recruit 19 members
of staff to date - with our proven process ensuring they have been
able to immediately make meaningful contributions to the service
Larry Berkowitz, manager at the Barnet branch said:
"I cannot praise and thank Lillian and Reed in
Partnership enough. They took a lot of care and effort matching
candidates' abilities, personalities and skills to meet my needs
and requirements. In previous years it was hard recruiting however,
with Lillian's support and help, this has become a thing of the
past. Reed in Partnership has been extremely efficient and
responsive and offered support when I have needed it."