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Tilcon Intern Project Wins 2014 Oldcastle Materials Group Innovation Award

Posted Thu, Mar 5th, 2015

The Oldcastle Materials Group Innovation Awards are designed to recognize innovation across the group in the fields of safety, customer service, process, product, service and people. Awards are presented in January each year, for innovations during the previous year.

Tilcon New York Inc won and Innovation Award in the People category for 2014 with a video - 'Recruiting Through the Eyes of an Intern'.

Like many construction industry employers, Tilcon New York is facing the potential loss of talented and experienced employees as a result of well-deserved retirements. Attracting and retaining motivated interns is crucial to filling the void left by retirees. At career fairs for engineering students there can often be more companies recruiting than students, so competition is keen. Tilcon's displays typically have photos of quarry highwalls, paved roads, and runways­—it is a great display for the sales team, but does not tell a prospective intern about Tilcon's intern program.

Tilcon HR Director Anne Poltorak decided to make a change, and who better to tell the interns' story than the interns themselves. As part of their collaborative team project, interns at Tilcon NY created an engaging video using a GoPro camera (a wearable and mountable camera perfect for capturing extreme action video) documenting their experiences of working at Tilcon during the summer of 2014.

This new recruitment tool will improve recruiting efforts and the business by attracting new talent.


Pictured above is Anne Poltorak, Tilcon New York Inc HR Director receiving her Innovations Award from L to R John Cooney President NY Region, Sean O'Sullivan, President Tilcon NJ and Dan Stover, Regional President, Oldcastle Materials North East Region



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