Optical Metrology Services is a specialist technology company specialising in precision measurement and inspection services for the engineering industry. SME caught up with CEO Denise Smiles to find out more…
What are your recruitment practices?
At OMS, we aim to identify talent from an early age and inspire the next generation of precision measurement professionals. However, while tacking an ageing workforce is important, another theme we aim to tackle head-on is the issue of encouraging more women to consider roles in the sector.
When people mention engineering, many automatically think of boring, dirty work. It’s an unappealing word – especially for women – and that puts a huge percentage of people of all genders off working in the sector. Engineering, however, isn’t boring. It’s a sexy industry with huge amounts of potential.
At OMS, we aim to break down this barrier – challenging the status quo and typical misconceptions. What’s more, however, we aim to challenge the belief that you have to be an engineer to work in engineering. A huge percentage of the staff at my company work in project management, technology development, marketing, HR, management, administration, logistics and other roles and, what’s more, 30% of our directors are women.
In engineering, recruitment isn’t easy. However, if you approach it in an innovative fashion, attracting talented staff is most definitely achievable.
Have you hired any apprentices?
Currently we have two apprentices working at OMS – both in our THEBUS engineering division. Josh Jones started the programme, aged 16, in 2012 and Max Roberts joined us aged 18 in 2014, both are undergoing an extensive training course to help them become the next generation of talented precision-engineers.
Apprentices play a huge part in our company and we truly see them as the future. If we can provide the right support, they can develop quickly and, in the future, play a key role in taking OMS to new heights.
We’re also currently hosting a student from the Toulouse Business School, who has worked in our marketing department over the past few summers. Although he’s graduating in March, we’ve offered him a full time position starting from 1st April. So, in short, we see apprentices as a hugely beneficial asset for our company.