BAPCO 2022 conference focus: Fatema Zaghloul


Ahead of her presentation in Coventry, Southampton Business School’s Fatema Zaghloul discusses recruitment strategies for public safety comms.

Can you describe what you will be talking about during your presentation at the BAPCO 2022 Annual Event. Why is it an important topic? 

For a long time, the recruitment of next generation IT professionals [for public safety] has proven to be challenging. The session aims to investigate the challenges that affect recruitment and retention and introduce the importance of talent management in shaping an effective workforce strategy, with a particular emphasis on apprenticeships.

What do you see as being the big issues and challenges for the sector over the next five years?  

The most significant challenge [in relation to this topic] is attracting and retaining next generation professionals to meet both the short term and long-term goals of delivering reliable and efficient emergency services. 

The success of an organisation is dependent on its ability to attract, retain, and engage high-value employees to achieve their strategic objectives. This applies to the public sector more than at any time before. Its success is highly dependent on selecting and recruiting human capital crucial to achieving organisational goals.  

What key messages or take-home points would you like people to get from your session? What will be most useful to them from a practical point of view? 

That talent management integrates the core HR functions of attraction, recruitment, engagement/retention and development. This is in order to get the ‘right people in the right place’ in driving organisational performance. 

The session will focus on methods of recruiting next generation professionals including apprenticeships, and how these methods can be woven into workforce strategies and approaches. 

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