Wincanton picks OSP for DC start-up

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Wincanton has chosen Onsite Partnership to deliver and manage the permanent workforce recruitment phase of a new distribution centre start up.

“OSP brings an expertise to a specific and key phase of our new distribution centre start up programmes,” said Liam McElroy, business unit director at Wincanton. “It delivers all aspects of a workforce take-on plan and has provided solutions for our last three new distribution centre start ups, often being involved as early as the initial bid process.”

Most recently OSP provided the resourcing plan for Wincanton’s new distribution centre start up in Stafford.

The requirement was for a workforce of 220 FTEs with various skills from FLM to drivers and pickers. OSP were required to produce a recruitment take-on plan split by skill to reflect the training capacity of the distribution centre, while enabling the product volume through-put and the resource ramp up plan to be achieved. Working closely with the Wincanton human resources project team, time lined activities were scheduled. The programME was split into two phases. Phase one involved the production of an internal and external advertising campaign, which reflected not only the positions and benefits available but also echoed the corporate profile of both Wincanton and their client.

To manage the response OSP activated its Recruitment Response Handling Call Centre. The team then undertook a telephone based pre-screen for each skill set, with successful applicants being booked into an on-site interview slot. Response data focused on skill, knowledge and relevant experience, non discrimination and consistency.

Phase two required OSP to project manage the on-site interview plan, and take-on schedule. Candidates arrived at the distribution centre, to be given a brief about the operation and expectations followed by a Scotland Yard supported “UK Right to Work” document check. Successful interview candidates were given a start date and placed into the site induction plan.

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