Jonathan Sanderson, Managing Director at Corecom Consulting, has been awarded ‘Recruitment Boss of the Year’ at the prestigious Marketing and Digital Recruitment Awards. He was presented with the national award in recognition of his dedication to corporate social responsibility and people development.
Described by the Master of Ceremonies at the awards evening as “not just a boss, but a mentor too”, Jonathan has exerted sheer passion for his team, his role within his business, the industry and for employability.
Award Judge, Marilyn Davidson, said:
“Jonathan Sanderson’s commitment and dedication to his company, the technology industry and to raising employment prospects in the community is an inspiration.
“This award acknowledges his contributions to business innovation, increasing the number of women in technology roles, raising graduate prospects in the region and upskilling underrepresented community groups; key challenges within the IT sector.
“Jonathan is a talented mentor who has overturned the usual stereotypical assumptions that come with recruiters.”
Amongst Jonathan’s recent contributions to the IT industry include increasing the number of women in technology roles. Jonathan hosted the second annual free networking event for Women in Technology, WITBoss, in June. This was in support of the national WISE initiative; a campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering.
His community contributions include delivering free lectures and workshops to raise graduate employment prospects at local universities, including working with the University of Leeds’ Widening Participation Team this year in order to raise the employability prospects of underrepresented groups.
Jonathan also hosts an annual free networking event aimed at improving the employability prospects of university students across Yorkshire; GradBoss. This event has attracted students from all West Yorkshire universities. The objective is to introduce prospective local employers to students who are due to graduate soon, are looking for careers in tech and to make connections. In addition, he supports and mentors the Student Computing Society at Leeds Beckett University, providing day to day support and mentorship to students, organising for industry specialists to go in and speak to the Society and support them with employability initiatives.
His charitable contributions include delivering IT training sessions and CV writing workshops at Emmaus Leeds; a local charity that provides a home and meaningful work to formerly homeless people (Companions). This is as well as assisting with clothes sorting, furniture collections, painting and upholstering at their shop.
Jonathan, who was also successfully shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards, said:
“It’s a real honour to accept this award and to have been recognised by my peers. This just tops a fantastic year for the company and our community partners.”
Jonathan established Corecom Consulting in 2008, at 28 years old. His entrepreneurial qualities have enabled the company to compete with national and global players in the market. His bold leadership and creative, innovative thinking has positioned Corecom Consulting as the ‘employer of choice’ ahead of longer established recruitment businesses in order to attract new business, new candidates and new sales staff. He has shown a commitment to addressing the growing level of skills shortages in technology and to his employees, who are encouraged to take at least one day out of company time to volunteer in the community.