We understand that the need to maintain connections with Learners, Apprenticeship applicants, Employers, Job sites and the National Apprenticeship Service has increased the administration workload for FE Colleges and often means that opportunities are lost.

As the leading provider of Relationship Management systems to FE Colleges, Focus On Business has developed a unique integration between Microsoft CRM and the NAS portal as well as multiple job sites, that will radically reduce admin time by removing the need for re-keying of data.

Our FERMS CRM system based on the proven Microsoft Dynamics CRM will provide your College with unique functionality that enables you to collaborate more effectively with employers and apprenticeship candidates, linking processes and removing the need for repeated manual data entry.

College users are able to engage more effectively with Employers, working with them to efficiently provide filtered applicants to vacancies quickly and at the same time creating and maintaining ongoing relationships between both employers and apprentice applicants.

 Before the direct integration with NAS Portal was available Colleges would have to complete paper applications with both employers and candidates and then enter the information into the NAS portal manually as well as their own CRM system. FERMs integration with the NAS Portal speeds up matching of candidates to vacancies and simplifies the invitation to interview process. The ability to share this information, increases the chances of employers finding candidates with relevant backgrounds and skills and removes a lot of re-keying of information for the college, candidates and employers.

Employers working with a College that uses the FERMs system can create vacancies themselves or with the assistance of their College representative on a simple easy to use web form, designed to match the NAS template. Once a vacancy has been agreed it can be posted directly onto the NAS Portal with one click. Applicants using the NAS Portal can register their interest in a vacancy in the normal way and this interest is automatically entered into FERMs against the applicant record and the vacancy.

In addition to the new NAS Portal integration which is unique to FERMs, the Employer Engagement Relationship and Recruitment Management System from Focus on Business enables Colleges to post vacancies to their own web site, the Job Centre and several hundred other job portals.

Other benefits include:

  • Re-usable data – Applicants can be advised to apply for other suitable vacancies,
  • Tools and workflows to simplify the management of the interview process,
  • Search and filter tools to better match candidates and find vacancies, based on postcode, qualifications and skills,
  • Sharing of vacancy and candidate data with all stakeholders

The key focus of the system is to help Colleges be successful in this new recruitment space, be more efficient and cost effective, whilst also improving the experience for both employers and apprentice candidates.

If you would like to find out more about FERMs or integrating your Microsoft CRM system with the NAS Portal, please contact Focus on Business Ltd on 0845 230 0447 or by email to info@focusonbusiness.co.uk. http://www.crmforfe.co.uk