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Five appointments at OGL

Published 21st July, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Five appointments at OGL

The mission to build a strong workforce of employees at OGL Computer continues with the recent launch of the STAR Programme. Standing for Sales Training and Reward, the programme was designed to attract people with little or no sales experience but who had a flair for good communication and excellent people skills.

111 people from across Worcestershire and Birmingham applied to take part in the recruitment process which included two days at the Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium. The candidates were required to present to two of OGL's directors and a senior manager about a subject of their choice, role play with other candidates, take part in an interview and participate in a debate.

Sam Byrne, sales director at OGL Computer, said: “The applicants for this process came from all walks of life with varying levels of sales experience and IT knowledge. Although these things were a slight advantage it was candidates' personalities we were really looking at, and their ability to adapt to scenarios, communicate effectively and get on well with people.”

Following the challenging process, five individuals stood out and were offered places on the STAR programme: James Cook, aged 21 from Stourport; David Cole, aged 19 from Worcester; Michelle Wilson, aged 29 from Kidderminster; Chris Harris, aged 28 from Cradley Heath; and Michael Mann, aged 29 from Worcester.

Sam Byrne continued: “We have exciting plans for the company as it enters its 40th year in 2016 and need fresh, talented staff to allow those plans to be realised. By carrying out a non-standard recruitment process which allowed candidates to show off their personalities and their interests we found some excellent people with great skills who, I'm sure, will do very well here at OGL. It's not always formal qualifications that we are looking for.”

The recruitment of the STAR team pushed OGL's employee numbers over the 250 mark for the first time in its 39 year history.

Photo shows: Left to right: Valerie George, James Cook, David Cole, Michelle Wilson, Chris Harris and Michael Mann.