Case Studies / Testimonials

We’re proud of the relationships we have with our clients, it allows us to swiftly identify their requirements and react so that they always have the right people, in the right place.

COMENSURA / SERCO

Aligra secured a recruitment opportunity to support Comensura and Serco in the opening of new COVID regional testing sites in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. The sites were to be staffed over two teams covering 7 days per week.

Comensura are a market leader in managing the supply of temporary, permanent and contract labour for organisations across multiple sectors. Following a contract award from Government to Serco to manage COVID test centres nationwide, Serco via Comensura partnered with Aligra. 

With a demand in local testing increasing and a significant rise in lateral flow tests the requirements rapidly developed and Aligra were asked to staff the sites with 4 days’ notice. 

Aligra now oversee a total of five COVID sites peaking at 135 temps.

Our approach 

A proactive approach to sourcing, resourcing, advertising and pre-screening candidates meant we were able to match the candidates with the rights skills into each of the roles we were to fill. 

An on-site presence for each of the projects ensured candidates feel valued and engaged.

Regular planning meetings with the Operations Manager ensured we were ahead of future projects and able to react to an increase in numbers, usually at short notice. 

Our solution 

Aligra worked around the clock to provide a face-to-face and telephone candidate screening service to filter the huge number of candidates. The Aligra team were available 24/7 to give updates to both candidates and clients to ensure everything ran smoothly. A strategic and clear communication plan was implemented giving confidence to all parties involved. 

Aligra conducted a large local search, coordinating pre-screening, video interviews, referencing and first day on-site inductions. 

Results 

100% fulfilment to date on all operating sites meaning the both Comensura and Serco have peace of mind and reassurance that the sites remain fully staffed with trained operatives. The ongoing sites have daily contact with the Aligra representatives, this ensures our open and transparent communication plan is maintained.

Comensura and Serco have complete trust and faith in our ability to deliver.

PRIMROSE / HOWARD TENENS

Aligra were approached by Howard Tenens to assist with their immediate recruitment needs due to winning large contracts for their Andover (Mole Valley Farmers/Costa Coffee) and Sharpness (Primrose) operations. 

Howard Tenens are one of the largest independently owned and operated logistics companies in the UK. Classed as an industry-leader in complex logistics, they have a warehouse footprint of over 3,000,000 ft² in the UK providing warehouse space for their own 3PL activity. Their distribution fleet stands at 160 vehicles with national coverage. 

Howard Tenens secured two significant 3PL clients with multiple skill requirements across two sites. Skills required were LGV Drivers, FLT Drivers, Line Managers, Warehouse Operatives and Administrative staff. Initially required on a short-term temporary basis, about 60 heads were forecast across the two sites which would eventually transfer to permanent positions with Howard Tenens. 

However, due to a significant and unexpected uplift from their client, the requirement changed to 150+ heads within a 30-day period. 

Our approach 

A comprehensive recruitment strategy was agreed which included utilising our full complement of social media platforms and online database searching of local markets. 

Four full-time Aligra team members were assigned to the project with an agreement for an on-site presence for the majority of the week at both locations. 

Results 

A quick and efficient fulfilment reaction meant that Howard Tenens were able to fulfil their supply requirement to their clients within the limited time constraints. The ongoing requirement stabilised at about 50 heads in Andover and 40 in Sharpness, with the majority of their full-time staff being recruiting from the temporary workforce. 

We continue to supply Howard Tenens in Andover but recently Primrose in Sharpness decided to take the operation back in house. In recognition for Aligra’s support through various peak periods and especially throughout COVID in 2020, Primrose awarded Aligra sole supply for their staffing requirements from the 1st of December 2020. 

Our solution 

Aligra provided a face-to-face and telephone candidate screening service to filter the huge number of candidates. The Aligra team members were trained to be able to provide the Health & Safety Inductions for new starters to release Howard Tenens own staff from this requirement. 

Aligra conducted broad reaching regional searches, coordinating screening, interviews, referencing and first day inductions. Throughout the course of the process, Aligra’s on-site team and Account Director assessed the requirements of the client and kept in regular contact with stakeholders, ensuring open and joined up communications. 

Sharpness is a very remote area, renowned for being difficult to recruit. There were three agencies on-site struggling when we started to supply. Within six months we were the sole agency supplier for the operation. 

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