The FIRM relaunches as The Talent Labs, expands services

The talent acquisition membership organisation The FIRM, co-founded by Emma Mirrington (pictured), has relaunched as The Talent Labs.

A statement from the UK-based, practitioner-led organisation said the move is designed to better align with the systemic ongoing transformation in the talent industry.

Structural change within the organisation is intended to “better bridge the gaps between talent acquisition, management and development”, the statement said. It reflects the need to help organisations meet the challenges of significant skills gaps, advancing technology, increasing competition, DEI considerations, shifting candidate expectations and demographic changes, all set against a backdrop of economic uncertainty.

The Talent Labs begins this next phase of its organisational journey with a global membership of 4,500, including employers such as EY, Nestlé, Balfour Beatty and TUI Group.

The growing organisation has expanded its services to meet specific needs that unlock the ability to recruit and retain talent. It now offers members three ‘Labs’ – a Talent Acquisition Lab to help its members better achieve their recruiting goals; a Talent Management Lab to guide teams on talent strategy design through to delivery; and a Talent Development Lab focused around developing skills for now and the future.

The Talent Labs has brought in former National Highways organisational development director Ted Miller to lead the new talent management and development offers. Miller has also worked as head of learning and development at Pendragon and in various learning roles at Eon.

Originally inaugurated in 2007 as a forward-thinking LinkedIn group dedicated to recruiting excellence, and featuring at that time on the cover of Recruiter, the Talent Labs has grown from a niche community into a global membership organisation for talent professionals.

Mirrington, who has worked in talent acquisition and management for organisations including Unilever, Sky and Mars, co-founded The FIRM to address a significant market gap: the need for a dedicated networking and resource-sharing platform for recruitment professionals.

Its advisory board is composed of current and previous heads of resourcing, talent consultants and industry experts.

It offers regular masterclasses, bespoke research and practical tools tailored to the needs of talent management and development professionals.

With upcoming initiatives like the Collaborate Conference, successor to its FIRMdays, the Talent Labs will continue to bring together experts and practitioners from across the talent spectrum to share insights, strategies and best practices.

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