Workforce of the Future: Attracting, Understanding and Retaining Talent

When: Thursday 20 September, 8am – 10am
Where: Cirrus Logic, Edinburgh

With Corporate Sponsors, Enigma People Solutions and Scintilla IP.

We are experiencing a fundamental transition in the way we work. Thanks to advances in technology, booming skills demand, and changing demographics and social values, competition for talent is fierce. Coupled with that, the personal expectations of those entering the workforce today have radically disrupted business models, changing where, when and how work is done.

With the pace of change accelerating faster than ever before, how can employers embrace the future of work? What needs to be done to prepare for an exciting but undefined future? And how can companies attract, understand, and retain the people they need?

In this morning workshop, attendees will hear from three experts working in the field of talent recruitment and HR. Each speaker has extensive hands-on experience with helping companies to find and retain the best talent, and to embrace the future of work for a more adaptable, relevant and motivated workforce.




Bruce Hydes, Founder & Director at ESS: ‘Talent acquisition in post Millennial Britain’

Bruce’s presentation will focus on the ‘the generation game’, focusing on ‘X, Y, Z’ and where we are today. By drawing on his expertise and vast experience in the recruitment sector, Bruce will discuss recruitment and skills acquisition between 2000 and 2008, followed by an in-depth look at what happened next – what are the trends and issues post credit crunch? How have these affected the employee of today? And what are the current recruitment and acquisition trends?

Following this, Bruce will take a specific look at the so-called Millennial Generation, identifying what young people are looking for in an employer today and how companies can build their brand to attract the right employees.

Gillian Brown, Founder & Director of Full Circle Global: Understanding and Engaging your Millennial Workforce’

Gillian’s presentation will offer an insight into how Millennials want to work and live, presenting 6 big changes that leaders and managers should make in order to retain their talent. As the Founder & Director of Full Circle Global, Gillian will use her expertise in coaching to discuss how to get the conversation right through a coaching approach, as well as top tips to be an effective leader and manager of Millennials.

Anna Sapkota, Human Resources at Cirrus Logic


About Bruce Hydes

A graduate of the University of Strathclyde Business School with Joint Honours in Marketing and Human Resource Management, Bruce has been a technology recruitment specialist since July 1999.

He founded Edgar Stewart Selection (renamed ESS Holdings in 2017) in late in 2010 and the business has been pan UK since its inception. In 2015 Bruce invited two new co-owners to join the board – Sara Zorrasatein and Craig Jackson. These “three amigos” now run and manage ESS.

Today, ESS proudly boasts three office locations across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol, employing 12 permanent members of staff and with ambitious plans to grow to almost 30 people in the next three years. Bruce continues to be a hands-on recruiter, working largely at senior to executive levels, and leading the ESS High Tech division across the UK. The business is delighted to be associated with clients like IQE, SPTS, Nexperia, CST Global, Huawei and II-VI Incorporated, providing multi-functional candidate attraction and identification strategies, for candidates from graduate entry level to Senior and C level appointment.


About Gillian Brown

Gillian is founder of Full Circle Development Consultancy Ltd. As the Coaching and Development Director she is champion of personal development, Gillian is a true entrepreneurial leader at the forefront of coaching and leadership growth in the UK. She was also a Director of New-U Coaching between 2005 -2010. Gillian’s passion and drive towards excellence in developing others has seen her company rapidly become a UK market leader in bespoke design and development programmes ranging from coaching, & coach training to leadership & management development.

Prior to New-U Coaching, Gillian worked within Human Resources for over 10 years, specialising in training, development and coaching. She has assisted a number of organisations in defining their strategic vision, improving performance and developing the personal ability of their teams as a foundation to challenge, focus, engage and motivate.





Sep 20 2018


8:00 am - 10:00 am




Cirrus Logic
7B Nightingale Way
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