Opportunity knocks

2014 has been a great year for ITL. As well as winning industry awards, releasing new products and opening new office locations, we filled 43 permanent vacancies.

It’s great when a company shows its appreciation for hard work and here at ITL we were treated to a catered Christmas lunch in December. Along with other festive activities like Secret Santa, bowling and a night out, staff were definitely ready for the well-deserved 11 day break over Christmas. We’ve returned in 2015 well rested and a few pounds lighter (in the wallet, not the waist) ready to do it all over again.

Planning is currently underway for recruitment in 2015, with student opportunities and 8 graduate positions to be filled this year we are pleased to be able to continue to help students gain valuable work experience and graduates take the first step onto their career ladder.
We also have some exciting new opportunities throughout the rest of the business; with roles in R&D, Manufacturing and Customer Support across our sites in Oldham and Milton Keynes, 2015 is looking to be just as busy and rewarding as 2014.

If you’re looking for a new career this year then take a look at all of our current vacancies, including graduate/student opportunities for 2015, here.

Recruitment Tip for Grads:
Gain as much work experience as you can. As well as a big 6 week holiday in the summer, the school term is littered with half term and end of term breaks. Take these opportunities to spend time in relevant companies; a candidate who has spent their spare time furthering themselves and their knowledge of a chosen subject will really stand out to a hiring manager, which will work in your favour when it comes to applying for graduate roles.

Karen Holloren, Recruitment Coordinator. 09/01/2015

Karen Holloren



Once upon a time in Milton Keynes

September saw us say goodbye to most of our summer placement students who have been with us throughout July and August gaining experience across Mechanical and Electronics Engineering, IT, Test and Production. Hopefully they all found their time here beneficial and for the university students the hands on experience will certainly help them in their final year. We’ve been able to extend the opportunity to two of the students to stay with us until Christmas and we’ve already had interest in some students returning next year.

There’s been a lot of promotion done in regards to our new office in Milton Keynes and on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September myself, Carole Harker (Recruitment Manager) and Andy Bassam (Customer Support Manager) attended the Milton Keynes job show at thecentre:mk promoting the company and our opportunities.

With 60,000 people expected each day preparing for the event was important; we drafted new role profiles, put together information packs on the company and products and took a SMART Ticket Printer to have running at the show, programmed to print out details of the MK office and contact details of the recruitment team – a handy take away for people who came to see us.

The weekend itself went well; the exhibition was well set up and well placed for attracting people. We spoke to a mix of people; some who were actively seeking employment and others who had decided to have a look at the exhibition whilst they were in the centre.

I also got the chance to visit our new office which is very well placed in the center of Milton Keynes in close proximity to shops and restaurants. With the office initially focusing on design we were looking to speak to some high calibre Mechanical and Electronics Design Engineers. If you didn’t get chance to visit us at the show but are interested in the opportunities we have please visit our careers site (link below).

October sees the start of autumn recruiting in the graduate world. We will be exhibiting at three university events promoting the company and our 2015 graduate vacancies which include openings in Mechanical, Electronics and Software Design Engineering as well as summer placements and industrial placement year vacancies. For more information please visit our careers site or come along to one of the below events to speak to us in person.

  • Huddersfield Grad Jobs Fair, 7th October
  • Scottish Graduate Fair, 22nd October
  • Lancaster Career Opportunities Fair, 29th October

Find out more about our new office in Milton Keynes http://www.innovative-technology.co.uk/news-events/news/item/229-where-bright-ideas-come-alive and see all our current opportunities including graduate openings for 2015 http://www.innovative-technology.co.uk/careers/

Recruitment Tip for Grads;
Interviews should be a two-way discussion; they are a chance for the interviewer to ensure you are a fit for the role and company but also a chance for you to ensure that the role and company meet your career expectations. Be prepared for the interview by writing down questions you want to ask or noting down examples of successful projects/pieces of work you’ve been involved in and refer to them during the interview if needed.

Karen Holloren, Recruitment Coordinator. 07/10/14

Karen Holloren


I know what you did last summer…

June was an extremely busy month for Recruitment with 3 graduate careers fairs in Leeds, Manchester & Liverpool. I’m always impressed with the organisation and planning that goes into the fairs; the universities careers services do a really good job, we don’t really have to do anything other than turn up and set up. The nice environments and excellent facilities, as well as helpers on the day, mean that we can focus on talking to students about our company and the opportunities we have.

During the summer ITL likes to allow the young friends and family of employees the chance to join us for a few weeks to gain some valuable work experience. This year sees 13 young people join us for summer placements. Some are returnees having worked with us last summer, while a few new faces will experience their first ever working summer. With the chance to earn some money as well as gaining real work experience, it’s a great opportunity for them.

June saw two university students joining us for the summer in our Development Team also. It’s great to be able to give students a chance to put into practice what they have learnt so far and gain valuable experience that will help them stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for a job after university; plus the Design Engineers gain an extra set of hands for the summer.

Recruitment Tip for Grads
Research the company you are applying for – company websites as well as LinkedIn / Facebook / Twitter hold a wealth of information. You should be able to give a basic overview of what the company does, where it is based etc. You’ll more than likely be asked in an interview what you know about the company!

To view our current vacancies and apply for future opportunities, including summer placements for 2015 please visit the careers page of our website: http://www.innovative-technology.co.uk/careers/

Karen Holloren, Recruitment Coordinator. 07/07/14

Karen Holloren


The pursuit of graduates …

I’m fast approaching my 3rd month at Innovative Technology. In that short space of time, I have seen ITL gain a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade (their 3rd Queens Award to date) and be named the 13th fastest growing company in the UK by the Sunday Times. The excitement I felt when joining the company has only increased by witnessing the success it’s having.

I’ve spent my first few months learning about Innovative’s culture, products and people. My main focus since I started has been on Graduate, Apprenticeship & Student recruitment, with 10 roles available, not to mention opportunities for summer work experience; it’s been a challenge that I’m really enjoying.

I now have my first ITL careers fair under my belt; The Sheffield Spring into Jobs Fair that I attended with our Development Manager John Robinson. Although it wasn’t as busy as expected (probably due to the varsity games being held the day before) we did get the chance to talk to some really intelligent students and promote our engineering opportunities.

Due to the high volume of applications we received for our graduate vacancies we decided to run a Graduate Assessment Centre; a half day event that allowed the candidates to demonstrate a wide range of their skills across a variety of activities. This interview format provides a more rounded view of the candidate’s skills as well as providing the candidates with a great opportunity to showcase themselves; more so than in a standard interview. After a successful day we have made offers for 2 of the 3 roles we were looking to fill, and hope to have the third and final offer out shortly.

The next careers fair we will attend is the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, held at the University of Leeds on 9th June. Come and see us to learn more about the company and find out about the opportunities we have available.

Recruitment Tip for Grads
You may not have a lot of relevant work-based experience for the role you are applying for, so be sure to include any relevant hobbies you have i.e. you may have built your own computer, you might restore car engines, you may have developed your own computer game! This will help your CV stand out to Recruiters and Hiring Managers.

With a new office being built on the Innovative Business Park, new locations being scouted worldwide and new businesses being created, we have a variety of opportunities for talented individuals to join the ITL family. For details on vacancies, visit: http://www.innovative-technology.co.uk/careers/

Karen Holloren, Recruitment Coordinator. 01/05/14