RISE SME Testimonials

Ian Hylands, MEng (Hons) CEng MIMechE, Eadon Consulting Ltd


‘As a consultancy business our value lies entirely in the skills and attitudes of the people we employ.  The assistance given by the RISE scheme in recruiting and developing new graduate engineers has been very useful to us in continuing to grow our most important resource.


Ben Keegan, CEO, Roundabout


‘It’s been great to be part of the rise programme. The team are so well organised it made the whole process really straight forward and hassle free. We now have a highly motivated and talented graduate doing great work in our organisation.’


David Forrester, CEO, Lightworks Design


‘Lightworks were keen to get involved in the RISE scheme as soon as we heard about it, and our experience has lived up to the concept we were told about.  Having a team of highly qualified and experienced graduate recruiters doing all the initial hard work of advertising, interviewing, running assessment centres, and all the administration that goes with it meant that from our perspective the process was seamless.  The six candidates that were put forward (as we had two vacancies) were all of a high standard, and although early days the successful interns are already proving to be as good as we had hoped.’


Ruth Bourne, MD, TotalHR


‘I have and have been very impressed by the quality of the project management and exceptional support Total HR has received in selecting our new Graduate Intern. The level of thought that has gone into the manager support packs is excellent and we have found it very easy to integrate our Graduate into our business, using the templates and guidance. The RISE team have been flexible and approachable and we are delighted to be working with them. If we get the chance... we will be back in 2014!’


Mark Walsh, Managing Director, Biz-ICT Limited


‘We found the RISE experience provided us with the confidence to invest in an intern with the objective of providing permanent full-time employment. The whole process, from the initial advisory meetings; the communication and collaboration throughout the screening stage and the continued support was and is invaluable to a small business such as ours. We have been involved in other apprenticeship and work experience schemes in the past and the RISE initiative has been by far the most professional and feel it provides great value to businesses in the region.’


Annabel Stonehouse-Davies, H.R. and Recruitment Manager, X-Cel Superturn


‘I have been delighted with the support and assistance that I have received from The RISE Partnership when recruiting to these two posts. The ability to advertise and have graduates matched to our specific requirements has been a great help in accessing the best graduates, based not only on academic results but on drive, enthusiasm and commercial acumen.’