LSJ Human Resources – Story of flexibility
2002: Language courses & assistance
LSJ is a leading Polish brand in recruitment, selection and personal consultancy. It began in Poland in 2002 as a partnership called LSJ (the acronym stands for Londyńskie Szkoły Językowe, that is “London Language Schools”). The name is a reference to the company's initial activity including the recruitment of people from Poland to language schools in Great Britain (finding new students and helping them find accommodation, work, cross the border and obtain a visa with a work permit). Later, back in Poland, LSJ started offering long and short-term courses and cooperated with 12 language schools and the business thrived until Poland entered the European Union in 2004. On opening the borders, the sales of long-term language courses plummeted and ceased to yield a profit.
2004: Polish employees
Opening of the British job market combined with their connections with the UK inspired the LSJ partners to open an employment agency. In September 2004 a new business started operating under the same name LSJ, as it was already well-known among thousands of satisfied customers. First contracts involved hotel business and production companies in Great Britain and afterwards firms from the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland. In subsequent years LSJ achieved impressive results - in 2006-8 it recruited 1500 workers per year on average.
2008: Global crisis & courses
As most of its contractors, in 2008 LSJ faced a crisis – numerous employment agencies lost their contracts. LSJ resolved to look for new opportunities: the company's attention was drawn towards Polish workers looking for employment in Norway. In view of the poor command of foreign languages among Polish workers in Norway, LSJ decided to improve the situation, in cooperation with a Norwegian partner VBS CONSULT, and launched a series of professional trainings. Since 2008, thanks to this fruitful partnership, which lasts to this day, together we have trained roughly 3,000 scaffolding fitters.
2013: Recruitment & Projectis in Poland
With our significant experience on overseas recruitment markets, in view of the growing number of foreign-owned companies in Poland, combined with exceptional knowledge of domestic market, constructive relations with local authorities, colleges and business related institutions in the whole region, the issue of recruitment for the local market appeared be a perfect idea. Currently, we work for call centers, BPO, ICT, production companies, as well as small local law and medical firms. Since 2012 we have been working on two projects for the hotel business, assigned by the European Union, for a sum of over 3 million PLN. They are distinguished by the practical dimension of the educational activities offered as well as compulsory traineeship in hotels in the UK, where the knowledge gained can be implemented in practice.
Now: Effective local partner
At present we focus on developing HR, recruitment and temporary work departments. Since 2013 we have been conducting free of charge courses on effective job-hunt at universities. We cooperate with colleges from Szczecin, Wrocław and Poznań. Thanks to our activeness and high standard of service, we are highly valued among local faculties. Last year we started cooperating with West Pomeranian Investor and Exporter Assistance Center, for which we prepare reports on the regional labour market, as well as similar reports for the Industrial Park. The aim of this activity is to promote LSJ and anticipate the assistance foreign investors might need on entering local and regional job market. Last year we started cooperating with Investors and Exporters Assistance Center, for which we prepare reports on the Westpomeranian labour market. We have been preparing similar reports for the Industrial Park. The aim of this activity is to promote LSJ and reach out to foreign investors.
LSJ HR Group now
LSJ HR Group - Departments:
- Permanent Employment
- Temporary Work
- Consulting - Competency research and courses
- Language Courses
- Recruitment Services
- EU Projects
- Labour Market Analysis
- Apprenticeship: Employer-Student
Recruitment services – aimed mainly at foreign companies hiring blue collar workers - eg: recruitment of welders (around 5,000 candidates in database), mechanics (5,000), butchers (8,000), nurses and carers (5,000).
Permanent employment – offer for Polish companies: recruitment for middle- and top-level positions. The fastest growing departments are recruitment for production companies (middle-level and top management), BPO – call centers and accountants, as well as ICT – recruitment for high technology positions. Only last month we have received 10 new orders for filling 25 vacancies.
Competency research and courses – these days companies compete not only through their products, but services and image. At present the economic situation is solid and job market leans towards stable positions, therefore businesses decide to develop the potential of their staff. This generates demand for such services. Till now companies benefited from European Union funds assigned for courses, however, at this time they are no longer available, thus business training market is open again. The portfolio of our Clients is constantly growing, most rapidly by recommendations, which is extremely meaningful, as it actually proves our Clients' satisfaction. We pride on very good reputation among foreign contractors, Polish colleges and business-related institutions such as the Northern Chamber of Commerce, as well as local authorities.
We are effective – we act quickly and proactively. Each project is dealt with non-standard approach; we aim to shape the market and stay ahead of the trends. Among others, we organise profiled language training, for specific professions, adjusted to current industry needs. Besides, following the needs of our Clients, we introduce new services, among others competence testing, Assessment & Development Center, as well as business or production trainings in cooperation with valued practitioners.
We are competitive – Companies that cooperate with us do not seek other partners, moreover in competitions we compete with the largest – and we win! Large foreign recruitment agencies, including international chains with offices in Poland use our services. What attracts professionals to us is our unique know-how and top efficiency, combined with – crucial in local recruitment – very good knowledge of the market.
We are appreciated. In 2012 LSJ was nominated for the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibilty) prize of the Marshal of West Pomerania, as a company concerned with social matters. In 2013 we reached a second place in a competition for the best European Union project in the field of transnational cooperation.
We never stop developing, but seek the possibilities to diversify our offer in order to fulfill our Clients' needs to the fullest possible extent. Thanks to the investment in employees, we cooperate with competent people, able to follow our vision as well as anticipate the expectations of our business partners.
Initially, we realised solely recruitment projects, but we have expanded our specialisations in the following fields:
- recruitment in Poland,
- international recruitment projects
- professional services - Executive Search
- outplacement and temporary work solutions
- Employer Branding
- Assessment & Development Center
- comprehensive business training
- production training
- profiled, ESP language courses
We are a team of professionals who adjusts methodology to our Client's needs. We continuously perform market analyses, thanks to which we provide innovative solutions for both domestic and international market situation.