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May 2015

In his monthly Western Mail column, Acorn's Managing Director Matt Southall examines why free movement of labour is a critical point for the UK's recruitment industry. Last week I was fortunate to attend the Wales in London event addressed by Paul Kahn, Chairman of Airbus Group UK.

The South Wales HR Network returns with its latest seminar next month, investigating the implications of the shared parental leave scheme for both employers and employees. The HR Network, a joint venture between Newport-based recruitment and training agency Acorn and financial advisors Seer Green, aims to address topics that affect HR professionals.

Two of the biggest events in the Welsh training calendar are fast approaching - Vocational Qualifications Day on June 10 and Adult Learners' Week (June 13 – 19), which provides me with a great excuse to talk about these two excellent educational celebrations. Vocational qualifications are no longer seen as the ‘alternative’ route; but rather the norm and on par with GCSEs and A Levels.

A group from Acorn, one of the UK’s leading recruitment and training companies, took to the trees last weekend to raise over £2,000 for Tŷ Hafan. Members of staff swung through the trees whilst attached to zipwires, with 13 participants ultimately completing the course.

Business Argus has been finding out from local business people whether they have a dress code and what is acceptable for the staff to turn up to work wearing. Katrina Raposo, Acorn's Commercial Manager said: "We expect our staff to dress appropriately to their role so someone in a client-facing role would be expected to dress in business attire as they are representing the company. Our corporate culture is fairly relaxed but we expect everyone to be well-presented, clean and tidy."

Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director of Acorn, Wales’ largest recruitment and training agency, said: “It's good to see that both here in Wales and across the UK today's figures reflect the improvement in employment we're witnessing among the many employers we work with week in week out."