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Entry and Early Talent Forum 2018

17 May @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 - £499.00

Millenium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington


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Discover the latest thought leadership and best practice at Symposium's new Entry and Early Talent Forum 2018New Event

The Entry and Early Talent Forum is aimed at in-house HR professionals responsible for the attraction, engagement and development of employees at the start of their careers -  as school levers, recent graduates or in initial occupational phases. It will offer best practice insights on how to recruit, retain and manage a robust talent pool and how to ensure employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Flexible and agile strategies are required both to achieve the competitive advantage in a jobseeker’s market and to respond to changing expectation and structural reforms in the workplace environment.  The speed of change requires upgraded strategies and innovative ways to recruit, retain and develop talent.

This adds a new dynamic to long-standing practices regarding how to attract the next generation, upgrade  apprenticeships, and school leavers and graduate programmes, and plan genuine early career opportunities.   We will look at ways for early career and talent development professionals to achieve cost optimization and navigate through the scope of programme offerings they provide. We will also look at how to align the talent acquisition and development agenda with the broader organisational strategy to create a solid entry level and early talent pipeline that will last into the future.

Some of the themes to be explored include:

  • Is your entry level intake best aimed at school levers, apprenticeship or graduates and how do you attract the right talent?   
  • What skills are imperative in entry level recruits and what necessary upskilling can be provided by in-house training programmes?
  • How to evaluate your applications and new intake to identify and place talent in the right roles
  • Overcoming shortages in skills and talent
  • Early talent spotting – finding talent outside their role metrics and providing the right development opportunities 
  • How to create an early talent pipeline that aligns with the skills needed in the future
  • Successful early talent Programmes
  • Balancing costs – in recruitment, training, attrition, development, under and over promotion
  • Further topics to be confirmed

Please note that as this conference is subject to changes to the date, venue, programme and speakers.

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What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

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I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

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Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

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Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors

To be announced soon


If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at [email protected] or 020 7231 5100.


 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks
 09:45 How to create an early talent pipeline that aligns with the skills and behaviours needed in the future

  • Where to find the entry and early talent required
  • Behaviour vs skills -overcoming shortages
  • Responding to changes in the environment

Ben Elmer-White, Learning and Development Manager, Babcock International Group

Margaret Miller, Early Careers Manager, Babcock International Group

10:10 Futureproofing and evolving your entry and early talent strategy 

Daron Locke, Group Commercial Director, BPP

Pauline McGee, Head of Quality and Risk Management Team, BDO LLP

 10:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Panel:  Strengthening the dialogue between organisations and their potential and secured employees 

Elizabeth Hunt, Marketing Manager, Milkround

 11:10 Refreshments and networking
 11:30 The science and art of searching for the superb

How to evaluate your applications and new intake to identify and place talent in the right roles

  • Being personal to be effective
  • Making it a two-way process
  • The view of the candidate 

Philip Paige, UK Early Years Lead, J.P. Morgan

 11:55 Creating a successful, innovative and sustainable graduate development programme

  • Merging organisational needs, corporate social responsibility, talent development and employee engagement into one innovative programme
  • Making the skills and talent programme develop participants professionally and personally
  • Bringing complex programmes over the line: operational successes and failures and measuring internal and external metric.

Sam Elsworthy, Senior Talent and OD Consultant, Standard Life Aberdeen plc  

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
 12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Overcoming shortages in skills and talent
13:55 Balancing costs - in recruitment, training, attrition, development and promotions
14:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
14:30 Knowledge share networking session
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 To be announced soon
 15:25 To be announced soon
 16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference

Some of the experts speaking at this event include...

Philip Paige, UK Early Years Lead, J.P. Morgan

Having worked at J.P. Morgan for 19 years now, with a background primarily in currencies and commodities product control and project management, Phill has always had an interest in encouraging students to develop employable skills. He has volunteered extensively with Young Enterprise which lead to J.P. Morgan approaching him to head up their Schools Engagement team 6 years ago.

Additionally Phill has chaired the Financial Services Trailblazer group for Investment Operations which has defined 3 new standards that are now live and been a member of the broader Financial Services Trailblazer.

Phill is driven by a passion for helping to find the very best junior talent for J.P. Morgan in the UK and for helping to prepare students for the world of work, whether they end up with J.P. Morgan or not. Never afraid to try something different or challenge preconceptions, he and his team are seen as thought leaders within the firm. With over 200 apprentices having been taken on so far, and another 50 due in 2018, Phill is excited about the apprenticeship space and what developments will come in future years.


Daron Locke, UK Group Commercial Director, BPP

Daron supports and advises clients to introduce training solutions aligned to their business strategy. Daron has over 20 years' experience, in the professional firms sector.


Pauline McGee, Head of Quality and Risk Management, BDO LLP

Pauline qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and has spent over 10 years in student training, both in the UK and overseas. She has been a partner at BDO LLP since 2010, where she leads a team of professionals who provide support, training and guidance to the firm's partners and staff on quality and risk matters including monitoring and managing the firm's top risks, internal audit, information security, data security and ethical matters.

Pauline sits on the firm's Quality and Risk Management Committee, acts as the firm’s Data Protection Officer and leads the firm's own internal audit process. She is also the partner responsible for student training, where she has a strategic role around the training provided to school leavers and graduates.


Ben Elmer-White, Learning and Development Manager, Babcock Clyde

Ben Elmer-White joined Babcock International at HMNB Clyde in April 2013, where he has driven major change in Learning & Development, Early Careers, Competence and Career Frameworks, and Behavioural Change.

Prior to joining Babock Clyde, Ben held a number of senior management roles in Operations,  Sales, Learning and Development and People Management. Ben also created his own consulting company delivering customer experience, sales & service, learning & development, employee engagement, culture change, recruitment & selection, reward & recognition solutions to clients including British Gas, CSS Hong Kong –working in Asia Pacific, and TeleTech.

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17 May
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 - £499.00
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Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens
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