Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2013 – Documentation

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The forum offered HR and recruitment professionals, responsible for hiring and developing graduates, strategic and practical elements for implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme. In addition to offering the tools and knowledge needed to attract the best graduate talent and keep them engaged throughout the programme.



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The 6th annual Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference was an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors. The forum offered HR and recruitment professionals, responsible for hiring and developing graduates, strategic and practical elements for implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme. In addition it included tools and knowledge needed to attract the best graduate talent and keep them engaged throughout the programme.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management PLC – Sarah Smith, Graduate Recruitment & Programme Manager
  • BSkyB – Rowena James, Manager, Future Talent
  • GradWeb – Ben Jackson, Commercial Director
  • GradWeb – Cassie Sissons, Senior Account Director
  • GTI Recruiting Solutions – Hannah Harrison, Client Service Manager
  • Ministry of Justice – Jan Ford, Head of ICT Strategy, Planning and Operations
  • Rolls-Royce plc – Julie Broad, Company Graduate Development Manager
  • Rolls-Royce plc – Gaynor Nutty, Early Career Recruitment Manager
  • Rolls-Royce plc – Neil Fowkes, Learning & Development Manager-Apprenticeships Engineering Skills
  • SHL Group Ltd – Dunstan Arthur, Managing Consultant
  • University of Cambridge – Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers
  • University of Essex – Dave Stanbury, Director of Employability

Programme Highlights:

  • Understand the current graduate market and look to the future
  • Examine graduate and early careers programme strategy and explore the internship route to recruitment
  • Continue to evolve the development offer and keep ahead of the curve
  • Discuss apprenticeship programmes and debate whether apprentices a viable alternative to graduate recruitment
  • Employ the best talent in a global marketplace
  • Understand the latest trends in recruitment technology
  • Keep candidates engaged during the recruitment process to starting the job and throughout training

Who would find this interesting?

  • HR Directors and Managers
  • Graduate Recruitment & Development Managers
  • Graduate Programme Managers
  • Leadership & Talent Managers
  • Employer Brand Managers
  • Heads of Recruitment & Resourcing
  • Heads of Training and Development

The “Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2013″ conference documentation includes the following sessions:

Session 1

GradWeb’s Graduate Recruitment Insights Report: the definitive, multi-sector guide to graduate applications and recruitment trends in post-recession Britain

  • A new analysis of data generated from more than 100,000 candidate job applications every year
  • Highlights and headlines of candidate sources, volumes and hiring statistics
  • Function and sector trends analysed
  • Data spans three years as candidate behaviours have changed through the recession
  • Headline report available for free

Ben Jackson, Commercial Director, and Cassie Sissons, Senior Account Director

GradWeb Ltd

Session 2

Government ICT Capability Strategy – Technology in Business Fast Stream (TiB)

  • How TiB has developed to become one of the top graduate schemes in terms of status within Government
  • Driving increased recruitment and development of graduates within the technology sphere
  • How the scheme will develop to attract and retain top ICT talent
  • Driving change through collaborative working across Government
  • Developing talent: encourage secondments, mentoring and coaching for TiB graduates outside the public sector

Jan Ford, Head of ICT Strategy, Planning and Operations

Ministry of Justice

Session 3

Keeping candidates engaged during recruitment process to starting the job

  • Managing expectations and maintaining engagement
  • Understanding what is important to graduates

Julie Broad, Company Graduate Development Manager and Gaynor Nutty, Early Career Recruitment Manager

Rolls-Royce plc

Session 4

Apprenticeship recruitment and training

  • Attracting and employing younger employees
  • How to chose the right person for your organisation when they have no experience
  • Providing industry qualifications

Sarah Smith, Graduate Recruitment & Programme Manager

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Session 5

Do you know the true potential of your graduate intake?

How do you attract, recruit, engage and develop the best talent for your future business success?

Benefit from SHL’s experience of working with 65% of The Times Top Graduate Recruiters and hear how using the right tools and HR analytics can bring you the calibre of applicants that your organisation is looking for.

Join this session to hear more on:

  • Understanding where to focus your recruitment efforts to get the best talent
  • Demonstrating the return on investment of your graduate attraction budget
  • Benchmarking your graduate applicants against the competition
  • Identifying which graduates in your intake you are most likely to retain, develop or lose

Dunstan Arthur, Managing Consultant

SHL Group Ltd

Session 6

Working with Universities to Attract Graduates

  • Working in partnership with universities to attract the right talent
  • Examining the benefits of mentoring, work experience and interns
  • Building your brand on campus

Dave Stanbury, Director of Employability

The University of Essex

Session 7

Employing the best talent in a global marketplace

  • Developing an holistic approach to talent
  • Finding best talent with limited resources
  • International graduate recruitment, launching a regional programme
  • Top tips for recruiting in an international marketplace
  • Key competences of a successful global graduate

Hannah Harrison, Client Service Manager

GTI Recruiting Solutions


Sarah SmithSarah Smith, Graduate Recruitment & Programme Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC


Sarah is the Graduate Recruitment and Programme Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. She is responsible for managing the Graduate, Internship and Apprenticeship Programmes in the UK and Europe. Sarah has worked for Aberdeen Asset Management for 12 years and has worked within the Operations and Risk Divisions before joining the Learning and Development Department. Sarah holds an International Coaching Federation Accredited Coaching Practice Certificate and passionate about helping the Graduates, Interns and Apprentices reach their potential.

Rowena JamesRowena James, Manager, Future Talent, BSkyB

Rowena James is Future Talent manager, at BSkyB, leading Sky’s youth employment and experience strategy. Her responsibilities cover work experience, buddying young people with Sky people to develop key employment skills, graduate programmes and apprenticeship schemes and other career entry opportunities. Since taking the role in March 2012, Rowena has launched Sky’s first youth strategy, embedded apprenticeships as a core resourcing strategy in customer services, centralised recruitment and induction across 19 graduate programmes, and trained 200 hiring managers on unconscious bias in the interview processes in support of their diversity & inclusion goals. Prior to this role, Rowena was European L&D manager at The Walt Disney Company where she delivered pan European engagement and talent operations. Before joining Disney she was in generalist HR with JPMorgan and Deustsche Bank. @rowena_james

Ben JacksonBen Jackson, Commercial Director, GradWeb


After three years working in sales for the UK’s largest commercial television network, ITV, Ben joined Hays as a recruitment consultant in 2000. He quickly progressed to an in-house role, managing a small team recruiting 700 graduates a year to work as recruitment consultants in Hays’ UK-wide network of high street branches.

In 2003 Ben joined Service Innovation Group (Europe) as Head of Recruitment, managing a team recruiting around 1,500 permanent, contract and casual hires every year. From there Ben joined Alexander Mann Solutions, managing client relationships at Cable&Wireless and conducting a major, 3-month turnaround project for CSC in the Nordics region. A year as Motorola’s Recruitment Manager for Northern Europe followed, before he returned to Alexander Mann as a Client Director running recruitment operations at Prudential, Cable&Wireless and Ericsson. In this role he was responsible for P&Ls totalling more than £20m per annum, and he managed teams of more than 45 people spread across 11 sites in the UK, Poland and Italy.

Ben joined GradWeb in 2008 as Head of Business Development, joining the board of directors in early 2011 as Commercial Director. In this role he manages new business development and marketing, and account management across our client base. Ben is a qualified Prince 2 practitioner, with a degree in Latin and Ancient History from the University of Wales, Swansea.

Cassie Sissons, Senior Account Director,GradWeb


Cassie has a recruitment attraction and employer branding background, and has worked extensively within graduate recruitment. Having worked at Bernard Hodes in a number of high profile roles (Head of Client Services, Head of Business Development) she has recently moved to GradWeb as Senior Account Director, to add her extensive knowledge and experience to the team. During her tenure at Hodes, she worked with Totaljobs to launch the AnswerTime Events, which provided healthy debate regarding the choices open to students and school leavers today. She also serves in a business advisor role to the SIFE Reading University team.

Hannah HarrisonHannah Harrison, Client Service Manager, GTI Recruiting Solutions


Hannah Harrison is the Client Services Manager at GTI recruiting solutions, responsible for the delivery of global recruitment campaigns for leading graduate brands across a wide variety of sectors. Hannah previously worked for GTI as an account manager from 2003-2007 before taking up a role leading Graduate Recruitment at the Financial Services Authority (FSA). During her five years at the regulator Hannah was responsible for the FSA’s marketing strategy and delivery, selection design and execution, and programme management of the FSA’s graduate development programme, specialist schemes, and undergraduate and MBA intern programmes. She also spent 12 months leading the experienced hires recruitment team. The FSA were the winner of the AGR Selection and Assessment Award 2008 and NCWE Best Internship in the Public Sector 2009. Hannah has recently re-joined GTI who are a world leader in graduate recruitment with businesses in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia and China. During 20 years of specialising in graduate recruitment GTI have developed a worldwide network of university career services and departments, student and alumni societies, as well as graduate marketing channels. Many of the clients we work with draw on our global expertise to reach graduates they would find it impossible to attract without GTI Recruiting Solutions. Hannah will be presenting her top tips for employing the best talent in a global marketplace.

JJan Fordan Ford, Head of ICT Strategy, Planning and Operations, Ministry of Justice


Jan Ford is a respected business and thought leader, with a long track record in commercial and government IT.

Jan has expertise in sector-wide and organisational-level change programmes, strategy development and specifically nurturing talent. Jan sees delivery success starting in the direction and engagement of multi disciplinary teams. Jan is currently leading for the Ministry of Justice on engagement with the Government ICT Capability Strategy and channelling its vision into meaningful and practical outcomes for government IT and its professionals.

Being a mother, Jan is passionate about developing young people, both pastorally and practically through the development of apprenticeship and graduate schemes.

Julie BroadJulie Broad, Company Graduate Development Manager, Rolls-Royce plc


Julie is responsible for the development of all graduates on a global Rolls-Royce company programme, she develops the strategy and implements this through her global team of Graduate Development Consultants. The team manage approx 800 graduates in approx 25 different countries at any time. Julie joined Rolls-Royce from the rail industry and she has held a number of roles from HR Business Partner to Employee Development aligned roles. Graduate Development has always been her first love and she has 15 years of experience in this field. Julie studied Psychology and Educational Studies at Lancaster University.

Gaynor Nutty, Early Career Recruitment Manager, Rolls-Royce plc


Gaynor is the Early Career Recruitment Manager at Rolls-Royce. She is responsible for the recruitment of graduates and apprentices across Europe and is the Global Point of contact within Rolls-Royce for all recruitment onto the corporate Graduate programmes. Having joined Rolls-Royce over 8 years ago from Experian as the Recruitment Manager for Corporate Headquarters, she has since worked on various projects such as, IT Design Lead on a new Global Performance Management system before returning to her key area of passion – recruitment. Gaynor studied Economics and Social History at the University of Liverpool.

Neil FowkesNeil Fowkes, Learning & Development Manager-Apprenticeships Engineering Skills, Rolls-Royce plc


Neil completed his apprenticeship at NEI International Combustion in 1990 and worked within the Manufacturing Department before transferring to Rolls-Royce in 1997.

Since then he has held a wide range of training, coaching and leadership roles within the Resourcing and Development function, with accountability across a number of UK Sites. His current European role involves leading the Apprentice Programme functionally for the company.

In his current role he is accountable for delivering programmes to over 900 apprentices across 23 sites in the UK, Germany and Norway.

Dunstan ArthurDunstan Arthur, Managing Consultant, SHL Group Ltd


Dunstan Arthur is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Managing Consultant at SHL. Dunstan has over 10 years’ extensive experience working with many national and international organisations, across many sectors, on the design and implementation of major talent management initiatives.

Dunstan is passionate about helping organisations select and retain top graduate talent to drive forward business performance and continuity in the talent pipeline. Having delivered numerous graduate assessment projects; his background and commercial knowledge helps clients improve efficiency and effectiveness of the graduate journey to benefit candidates and the broader organisation.

Dunstan holds a MSc in Psychology from The University of Hull and regularly represents SHL on topics including talent assessment and graduate attraction and engagement.

Gordon ChestermanGordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge


Gordon began his career in personnel, training and recruitment as a graduate trainee for a multinational company, and in 1983 he joined a major firm of chartered accountants as their graduate recruitment manager. After a period with a small publishing company in Cambridge and running his own training business, he joined the Careers Service in 1995 and was appointed Director in 2002.

Dave Stanbury, Director of Employability, The University of Essex


Dave is responsible for the strategic direction of University-wide employability policy. This includes: graduate outcomes; Personal Development Planning; embedding employability within the curriculum; extra-curricular provision; employer engagement; direction of our Employability and Careers Centre and its functions; and liaison with key stakeholders within and beyond our University.

Dave has worked in HE for over 12 years. He co-led the roll-out of a credit bearing careers education module component across the University of Reading and edited the Careers Education Benchmark Statement (AGCAS, 2005). He also took a lead role in securing £3.9 million to establish the Centre for Career Management Skills, at the University of Reading, a HEFCE-funded CETL. He was the concept originator for the Destinations career learning resource which has been sold to over 60 HEIs in the UK, Ireland, Holland and Australia. He was also appointed University Teaching Fellow at Reading. Dave has delivered numerous training sessions, and conference key notes and workshops across the UK and beyond. He recently led the PDP DNA project with the CRA investigating the views of staff and students at the University of Essex to personal development.




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