DJS Research Ltd Shortlisted At The Stockport Business Awards: Award for Training Young People

13th August 2013 16:40

DJS Research Ltd is pleased to announce that they have been selected by the Stockport Business Awards for the ‘Training Young People’ Award as one of three shortlisted companies. Currently, around a third of the market research agency’s head office staff are young people under the age of 25 – many of whom have direct managerial responsibility. Indeed, among staff in the company’s CATI unit, three in ten are under 21. DJS Research Ltd, which has recently moved to new offices near Marple, employs around 200 individuals all from the local area.

Speaking about being shortlisted, Elliot Simmonds, who initially entered the company for the award, was very happy that the agency had been recognised:

“We feel that our commitment to youth employment and to keeping talented individuals in the Stockport area is unquestionable. We do not see youth as something we ‘need to do’, we actively encourage it – by paying competitive wages across the minimum, by giving young people opportunities to understand our industry and develop a foot-hold in it, and by encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be through prioritising internal promotion and progression. We’re not afraid to let younger members of our team lead – Al Smith leads our Data Processing department, Kieran is in charge of IT, Liam managed all our international telephone surveys and Alex McCluckie and Laura Crowe work with some of our internationally renowned clients such as the British Council, Lavendon Group, Affinity Sutton and npower. I myself have benefited more than most from DJS’ ethos, and I’m very pleased that the judges have decided to highlight this aspect of our company for the wider business community in Stockport to see.”

The company has many schemes in place to help, train and support young people and to encourage them to stay with the firm as long as possible. One of the key initiatives in recent years is their apprenticeship scheme, for which the agency has been commended by the National Apprenticeship Service and appears on their ‘Roll of Honour’. Both DJS apprentices are from the local area – Elysha King is from Chinley and is studying accounting, whilst Kieran Heald has very recently completed his apprenticeship in IT. Kieran, who lives in Edgeley, has accepted a full time role and has responsibility for all the company’s IT and technology requirements. Both Kieran and Elysha attend(ed) Stockport College for one day per week and their apprenticeships were organised through this college – giving them access to both the theoretical and practical elements of their roles.

This philosophy is also utilised throughout the research agency’s graduate scheme. At DJS, graduates are ‘thrown in at the deep end’, and the progression that has been achieved by many of them is a testament to the success of this system. Laura Crowe and Alex McCluckie, have progressed to Senior Research Executive level in only two years through a combination of gaining real experience working with Research Directors and clients in a practical way, and through the theoretical training involved in passing the Market Research Society Advanced Certificate – a year-long professional qualification paid for by the agency which all graduates at DJS Research Ltd must complete. This qualification is backed up by short, weekly training sessions held by senior members of staff on a range of topics, and younger members of staff are also encouraged to present their own findings or tips in these sessions. As a result, the agency has developed a symbiotic relationship where younger employees benefit from Directors’ experience, whilst the Directors in turn benefit from a fresh pair of eyes and new thinking. The DJS graduate scheme continues to grow, with Annie Young and Suzanne Fisher having joined as researchers most recently, and Rick Tavini joining in a marketing capacity.

The high quality engagement afforded to graduates and apprentices is also offered to work experience students and interns – the agency helps around five to six young people gain experience of the market research industry annually, with interns having come from as close as Marple and as far away as France, Germany and Colorado in the United States. Several current employees actually started their time at DJS as interns, and have risen through the company due to a strong focus on internal promotion.

This focus is perhaps illustrated best by Liam Higgins. Liam started with DJS in November 2011 as a telephone interviewer. He was local to the company, then based in Whaley Bridge, and his commitment and ability were immediately noticed – and resulted in his promotion to Supervisor and his leading a team of interviewers. Liam eventually progressed on to be the CATI-lead for all international market research projects, giving the 21 year old a huge amount of responsibility. Most recently, Liam has expressed a wish to develop his research career; he joined the research and analysis team in June 2013.

Liam’s first encounter of the company coming through the CATI unit is not uncommon. At the time of writing, the telephone unit provides work for around 160 individuals, of which 47 are under 21 years old. Through the agency’s international client base, these young people get the opportunity to speak to business leaders, professionals, intellectuals and consumers from across the world, in a wide-array of industries. They gain valuable business experience in an internationally active company and an awareness of several different business areas.

You can learn more about DJS Research Ltd, their potential opportunities and hear some thoughts of previous interns by visiting the careers page on their website.

Stockport Business Awards Shortlist - DJS Research Ltd

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