Understanding the Sector

We work with a number of leading Retail and Manufacturing organisations, supporting them with their Early Career Recruitment requirements. We have built up our understanding of the sector and the challenges this highly competitive industry faces:

  • Fast growing sector (recruitment needs growing)
  • Worker shortages and retention
  • Regionality and challenges filling specific roles
  • Lack of diverse talent
  • Misconceptions of the Industry
These issues are hindering growth, and with the demand of green innovation and the need for a strong online presence, these need addressing to ensure Retail remains efficient, effective, and meets needs across the UK. 
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Recruiting for Potential

Recruiting Future Talent is key to ensuring the growth and innovation that Retail and Manufacturing employers need. Graduate and Apprentice employees bring a multitude of benefits to a workforce, from fresh motivation, productivity, and new perspective, to transferable skills, affordability, return on investment, and long-term yield. Build a workforce for the future with Early Careers candidates.

Assessing for Potential means identifying early talent based on the future potential they posses and their ability to continually develop in your workforce. Assessing in this way helps break down the barriers stopping diverse candidates from making it through your process, opening up your talent pool and broadening your organisation’s horizon.

How We Can Support You

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Candidate Management

Providing an exceptional candidate experience has never been more important. With competition for talent fiercer than ever, putting your candidates first is the only option. Our flexible resourcing teams can manage your entire process, support at a particular stage or give you burst capacity in peak season. From application screening, to feedback calls and reference checking we can mobilise our teams at pace and work as an extension of your team.

Attraction Services

Our team of dedicated attraction specialists will help provide solutions to the most challenging of briefs. Whether it be research to better understand your audience, dedicated schools outreach or a tailored university targeting strategy, we’re able to find you find and engage with the right talent within this competitive market.


Whether you require a fully bespoke solution or are looking for an off-the-shelf product, our range of assessment services are all underpinned by our unique Potential Model. Developed using extensive application data and in partnership with futurologists and diversity specialists you’ll be able to assess your candidates against the 4 key pillars of Potential Applied Intellect, Creative Force, Digital Mindset and Grit to build a workforce for the future.

Our Morrisons Case Study

Morrisons source and process their fresh produce through their own manufacturing facilities and have it prepared in-store. With a workforce of around 97,000 – serving 11 million customers each week – Morrisons is committed to finding future leaders.

Morrisons partnered with Amberjack to create a new degree apprenticeship programme  using a different approach to ingrain their ‘Ways of Working’.

The new and innovative recruitment processes included a short registration, Situational Judgement Test (SJT), and video interview that introduces programme specific case studies featuring our colleagues, providing an interactive and realistic experience.

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Working Across the Early Talent Market

We’re trusted globally by many of the world’s leading Future Talent recruiters, and work in collaboration with them and our partner network to provide in-depth research, reports, and cutting-edge services, such as our innovative assessments and SJTs.

As professionals in identifying candidates with potential, we pride ourselves on our ability to help you recruit a future-fit workforce. Our SJT, used by some of our big name clients such as BDO and Virgin Media, and Retail employers such as Morrisons, can provide realistic insight into your organisation and hone your candidates’ experience.

Discover more of our expertise, the advantages of assessing for potential, and our industry research, with the below resources.

Best School Leaver/Apprenticeship Strategy

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Retail and Manufacturing Organisations We Work With Include...

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