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HR and Workforce Development Advice

Providing professional HR and workforce consultancy support to support local employers to recruit, retain, develop and motivate their people

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Personality Profiling and Assessment

SkillsReach is a licensed provider of a suite of Thomas International personality profiling and assessment tools.

These include:

  • Thomas Personality Profiling Analysis (PPA)
  • Thomas General Intelligence Assessment (GIA)
  • Thomas Job
  • Thomas TEIQ (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Thomas Skills
  • Thomas 360



New businesses are invited to sign up for your free PPA trial! This will give you an insight into your workstyle – what motivates you, your value to the business, and how you behave under pressure. It takes 8 minutes to complete and it’s one of the most accurate assessments around.

To find out more call Roy on 07721 499494.


Thomas Personality Profiling Analysis (PPA) »

Thomas’ PPA provides an accurate insight into how people behave at work, giving you a greater level of certainty when recruiting, and developing your staff. It will also enable you to spend less time managing your underperformers and focus more time on those who will truly drive your business forward.

It takes only 8 minutes to complete. You are then provided with an initial profile detailing a person’s strengths and limitations, their communication style, their value to the business, what motivates them, their basic fears and how they behave under pressure. Once completed, you have instant access to 18 additional reports that enable you to match people to jobs, sift CVs, manage, coach, develop and train your people.

Use Thomas PPA to: Thomas PPA is:
  • Recruit the right person
  • Identify people for promotion
  • Put teams together
  • Gauge motivation and morale to pre-empt staff turnover
  • Identify precisely the areas for development that will have the maximum impact on your business
  • Manage performance
  • Resolve team issues
  • Boost motivation
  • Accurate – PPA is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meeting all psychometric requirements for use as a psychological tool
  • Fast – it takes approximately 8 minutes to complete – online, on touchscreen or on paper
  • Improve the quality of recruitment decision making
  • Build teams that succeed
  • Save money – great value compared to other similar tools

Click here to download a Thomas PPA PDF sample report

Thomas General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) »

How quickly a recruit learns new procedures and reacts to change can mean the difference between success and failure in their job. And a CV can only tell you so much. But it can’t tell you who will hit the ground running and make an early impact in the role.

Thomas General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) measures a person’s mental horsepower. And by understanding how quickly your candidates can learn and retain new skills and procedures, you will have a reliable prediction of their potential to grasp or develop into a new role. You’ll also get an indication of how well they’ll respond to training.

Click here to download a Thomas GIA PDF sample report

Thomas Job »

Good recruitment and selection of a candidate starts with knowing what good looks like. Thomas Job enables you to identify the behavioural requirements of the job you are recruiting for and match the right candidates to the right job.

Used in conjunction with Thomas PPA, Thomas Job enables you to match the ideal behaviours for the job with the profile of your candidates, using a ‘goodness of fit’ scale.

Thomas Job provides you with a number of reports to boost your selection process:

Job Profile provides a template for the job and outlines the key behavioural characteristics of the role

Job Compatibility & Interview Guide report identifies a goodness of fit rating for one candidate, outlining the candidate’s suitability for the role, and provides an interview guide with questions

Search & Select report identifies those candidates with a high goodness of fit to the role, which the recruiting manager should focus their effort on

Use Thomas Job to identify those candidates who match your job profile, whether at initial application, short list, interview or selection stage. And make sure you select the right person for the right job.

You’re recruiting for a job that requires a high level of competency in a particular skill or set of skills.

Click here to download a Thomas Job PDF sample report

Thomas Skills »

But how do you know that the skills your candidates tell you they have are good enough for them to excel in the job you’re recruiting for? Thomas Skills is a range of tests specifically designed to measure your candidates’ skill level, helping you to be sure you’re selecting the right interviewee and recruiting the right person.

Thomas Skills is delivered online and enables you to build groups of assessments targeted at individual jobs. By combining different tests you can focus on the skills required for specific job roles such as:

  • Secretarial and general office
  • Call centre
  • Driving
  • IT and technology
  • Foreign language
  • Accountancy

Skills testing is delivered via the internet and is easy to administer, use and interpret. Use skills testing to measure how competent your candidates are in a range of areas including:

Microsoft Office | Numeracy | Spelling | Secretarial | Shorthand | Data entry | Call centre listening & keying | Call centre foreign language | Audio typing | Email/ internet

Thomas 360 »

360 provides an objective framework for identifying performance gaps, developing self-awareness, confidence and motivation – and understanding how to improve personal effectiveness.

How do you make sure your managers can rapidly pinpoint the issues that contribute to under performance and keep performers focused? And at the same time dedicate the right amount of effort to managing your high achievers?

Click here to download a Thomas 360 PDF sample report

Thomas International - TEIQ (Emotional Intelligence)

Use TEIQ with your employees and candidates to:

  • Understand their emotions and how they manage relationships
  • Recruit emotionally intelligent candidates
  • Foster engagement and loyalty
  • Employ effective communication
  • Fine tune their management skills

The Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQ) is one of the world’s best-researched and most widely applied psychometric instruments.

Click here to download a Thomas International TEIQ PDF sample report

Thomas Engage

Thomas Engage is an online short survey that measures Workplace Engagement and helps you to leverage the benefits of a truly engaged workforce. Its practical, solutions-led approach facilitates the provocative thoughts and critical conversations required to effect long-term, sustainable engagement and consequently deliver potential benefits such as higher productivity, improved staff commitment, wellbeing and increased revenues and profits.

Click here to download a Thomas Engage PDF sample report

Get in touch

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