Top Marks for Company's Graduate Policy
A commitment to providing graduate opportunities is reaping
rewards for an Aberdeen software specialist as the company prepares
to build on a recruitment strategy which has been at the core of
the business since it was established 14 years ago.
Codify develop custom software and employ more than 20 people at
its city centre office. Around 43% of the current team joined as
graduates and half of those had previously worked with the firm
during university placements before securing full-time
Graeme Humphrey, managing director of Codify, believes the fresh
ideas brought to the mix by graduates will continue to be vital to
the growth strategy.
He said: "We have established excellent relationships with both
RGU and the University of Aberdeen. We have been able to provide
opportunities for a number of students through year-long
placements. In turn we have benefited by adding talented and
committed graduates to our team who have continued to work for us
part time while they finish their course and then full time after
"We pride ourselves on having an atmosphere and working
environment that encourages development, so it is a natural fit to
welcome placement students. We are very proud that so many of our
placements students have gone on to pursue their career with us. In
particular it confirms to us that we have created an interesting
and challenging place to work in which the students wish to
continue to work.
"As a growing team there is an excellent mix of experience and
fresh ideas, something we will continue to foster as the business
expands. We have welcomed two recent placement students, Ben Owen
and Andrea Cowe, to the full-time staff and will continue to work
with the universities as well as reaching out to experienced
candidates to add new members to our team."
Codify is currently recruiting following recent contract wins,
including the firm's first venture into Scandinavia after clinching
deals with Norwegian companies Norsk Helikopterservice and Acona,
as well as promoting the development of its existing team.
Graeme Humphrey, a University of Aberdeen computer sciences
graduate added: "Of course it's not just graduates, we do look to
the open market, particularly when recruiting for certain
roles. However we strive to provide graduate opportunities
where possible as encouraging young talent is very rewarding and
the new ideas and enthusiasm they inject into the team brings many
"To date the graduates have been primarily in technical roles
but we are in a position now where we are aiming to extend that to
include other positions, such as analysts and project managers.
We're very proud of our ethos at Codify and it is important that
new additions are a good fit with that. As a small company with a
range of customers of different sizes and industries, the work is
varied and fast paced. This is attractive to people who like a
challenging role where every day is different.
"We treat placement students as we would permanent members of
staff and the recruitment process reflects that. We advertise
placement opportunities through the universities and consider each
application on its merits. The next stage is setting a programming
challenge to gauge technical ability before the interview stage.
The response from this challenge helps us to understand a
candidate's suitability for the role."
"From day one our students provide a valuable contribution to
our support team. Watching their confidence grow over the
year, from building relationships with our customers to confidence
answering the phone, confirms to us the value of placements.
Taking on placement students has worked extremely well for us over
the last 14 years and it is something we recommend to other
businesses to aid growth.
Codify builds custom software covering a range of business
applications which include logistics, health and safety,
recruitment and tool rental management. The company has become
established as a specialist in the oil and gas industry.