New recruitment initiative for IT students

(from front left) Emma Hanson, Harry Groves and Lauren Morgan. (top from left) Emily Elphick, Richard Austin and Dan Gower
(from front left) Emma Hanson, Harry Groves and Lauren Morgan. (top from left) Emily Elphick, Richard Austin and Dan Gower

With the ambition to expand the business over the next 2 years, Richard Austin, Director at Ringwood based IT Software Solutions company, KFA Connect, asked junior members of the 28 designers, system developers and software testers, a simple question.  What would they do differently to successfully recruit IT students?

Based on the resulting answers and suggestions, KFA Connect are to adopt a different approach for the first vacancy in 2019. The applicants for Trainee Level 3 Support with a starting salary of £18k will not initially face a formal interview but be invited to attend the offices to sit with the current team working on support issues for some of the national clients.

“The suggestion to let potential trainees experience the working environment and watch our team face the challenges that occur on a frequent basis, should discourage those who do not have the right attitude while encouraging the more appropriate people for the role,” said Richard.  “We are also extending the idea so that students from 6th Forms, Colleges and Universities can apply to visit the busy offices and sit with many of the team and just ask questions.  I’m sure that there are thousands of people who have thought that they had wished that they had known the reality of the day to day duties required in what they thought was their dream job!”

Three of the latest recruits have encouraged the job preview concept. Harry Groves, from Highcliffe, is the most recent trainee who left Highcliffe School after 6th form and with a cluster of A levels gained his first job at KFA Connect 3 months ago. Emma Hanson studied maths at Swansea University and wanted to get into IT testing from her role as a Data Analyst. Lauren Morgan from Wimborne was at Bournemouth University before applying for a Tester role but was eventually offered a trainee developer position.

Their view is that there are many dimensions within the world of IT as with other industries, so to get an early idea what will suit a particular personality and attitude, even their tolerance, could make a difference to the long-term happiness and success of an individual.  As the Trainee Level 3 Support role requires a high level of problem solving, and a self-learning approach which can lead to identifying and writing fixes, Richard believes that the new approach will benefit job seekers. “We need the best to work for us, so we must help to develop career paths from the start.”

For further information and to book a Job Preview email with your name, and contact information to

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