Small Business Awards 2021

Most Engaging Talent Recruitment Organisation - Basque County Established in 2005, Bizkaia Talent is a non-profit organisation with a clear mission to foster, facilitate, and implement the necessary conditions towards attracting, connecting, and retaining highly qualified people in the areas of knowledge and innovation within the Bilbao- Bizkaia-Basque Country. The Basque Country is considered a smaller country; however, it is noted that it produces a higher quality of life with an extremely educated population with the greatest proportion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates in the EU. Unfortunately, during the 2008 economic crisis, the country experienced heavy losses to the domestic workforce. Thus, the region provided a rich source of talent for German, French and British companies, all from the recognition and encouragement for younger generations to travel abroad to develop skills – networking elsewhere for the economy’s good. Overall, the experience abroad has helped these Basque professionals within their personal and professional development; however, many of them would like to return home, which brings the challenge of finding jobs that will match their professional profile and needs. Additionally, while many talented individuals moved abroad to strengthen skills in their chosen profession, many companies based within the Basque Country operate mainly within the automotive, aeronautical, environmental, industrial design and engineering industries. Combined, they make a stronger, efficient, and ever- changing business sector where learning, research, technology, and talent are vital. Many companies within the region are based around science and technology; it has been challenging to outsource suitable profiles for these positions. Thus, the race for skilled professionals arose worldwide. With demography and economic changes and the increase of technological developments, flexibility and mobility of workers, governments and industries have been advised to attract and retain the best professionals, which is precisely where Bizkaia comes into action. Bizkaia thoroughly understands how to maintain and appeal to the talent and how it plays a crucial role for the Basque region in the decades to come, hence creating the Bizkaia Talent scheme and the ‘Be Basque Talent Network.’ The company was able to achieve this mission by utilising the support of the Department for Economic Development of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia- collaborating with several outstanding companies and universities throughout the Basque Country. The ‘Be Basque Talent Network’ is the world’s largest network of highly qualified professionals who would like to be linked with the Basque Oct21567 Striving to become the leaders within the Basque Country, Bizkaia Talent has recently been recognised as the Most Engaging Talent Recruitment Organization. Bizkaia is renowned in Europe for managing highly qualified people in the fields of science, technology and business, which aims to promote and boost human capital, aiding in the region’s overall development. Country, regardless of their territorial origin. It is comprised of more than 17,000 professionals distributed around the world in more than 100 countries and nearly 500 Basque organisations. The implementation of the project is based on matching the supply and demand of talented professionals amongst organisations and professionals that belong to the network. Through digital tools and services, the network puts into contact companies and professionals. Furthermore, it provides information to professionals, improving their profile with training and information about the most in-demand positions. Additionally, Bizkaia has developed an international talent map inside the ‘Be Basque Talent Network’ that keeps track of where top professionals who want to have a relationship with the Basque Country are working worldwide. This tool provides a visual map that showcases the users’ work location, country, and city, enabling others to segment based on various criteria. Thus, allowing people to find precisely the professionals or companies whilst respecting the privacy that users may establish concerning their contact details. Moreover, not only does it help others seek out professional talent but encourages others to become part of the network by showcasing useful information on Basque Country regarding the technological, scientific and business potential, as well as the culture, customs and quality of life provided within the region. Overall, Bizkaia and its ‘Be Basque Talent Network’ has been recognised as a role model for talent management due to its ability to innovate through digitalisation. In doing so, Bizkaia has developed algorithms that can offer organisations and professionals helpful information that will enable them to focus on achieving their goals – which, at the end of the day, is the goal of Bizkaia. Company Name: Bizkaia Talent Contact Name: Ivan Jimenez Contact Email: [email protected]