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Essential Guide to Graduate Recruitment

8 March @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Graduate Recruitment

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge, London


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OverviewGraduate Recruitment

Graduate recruitment has always been a hot topic in the world of talent acquisition and management, but as we emerge from the global economic crisis, the war for the best graduate talent has never been more heated. Employers are battling to source graduates with the right skills and knowledge to service UK Plc’s future growth, whilst young people have an increasing amount of choice in their early careers, from apprenticeships to sponsored degree programmes and – of course – university.

This training course will equip you with the knowledge that you need to be able to establish a new graduate programme, scale up an existing programme or re-focus your programme for excellence.

Seven key things you will learn on this course:


Align your programme to your organisation’s talent strategy


Effectively plan your campaign


Define your candidate attraction strategy


Determine your assessment and selection process


Get the right delivery mechanisms (in-house, outsourced, technology, line management support, sponsorship)


Manage your budget (controlling volumes, planning contingency, creating a business case for investment)


Successful offer management and on-boarding



Coffee and registration

10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Objectives for the day

10:30 Why are you recruiting graduates?

  • What you should be asking
  • How does this requirement align to your organisation’s talent strategy?
  • Mapping your stakeholders and sponsors
11:00 Planning your Campaign

  • What might you consider when planning your campaign?
  • Project management and management
  • Campaign modelling
 11:25  Coffee

11:40 Candidate Attraction

  • Determining your audience
  • Campus attraction
  • Social media and more traditional media
  • Diversity


13:15 Determining your Assessment & Selection Strategy

  • Minimum criteria
  • Application process and mechanisms
  • Screening, testing and interviewing
  • Assessment centres
  • Analysing assessment performance
 14:00 Business case / budget

  • How to build a business case for investment
  • Managing your budget
  • Pipeline management
 14:45  Coffee

15:00  Delivery mechanisms

  • In-house vs outsourced delivery
  • Working effectively with partners
 15:20 Offer management and onboarding

  • Keeping your candidates engaged
  • Minimising “no-shows”
  • Ensuring that your new hires are ready to go from day 1
15:45   Review and Objectives

16:00  Close


Ben Jackson

Ben has worked in the recruitment industry for more than 15 years. He began at Hays as a Recruitment Consultant in 2000, before Ben Jacksonrunning Hays’ in-house recruitment team, responsible for sourcing around 700 graduate hires every year. He then joined a European field marketing group as Head of Recruitment, before Joining Motorola as Head of Recruitment for Northern Europe.

More recently, Ben became a Client Director at global RPO business Alexander Mann Solutions, managing recruitment operations and client delivery at Prudential, Cable&Wireless and Ericsson. In this role he had sole responsibility for P&Ls totalling around £25m per annum.
In 2008, Ben joined GradWeb, the UK’s leading graduate/future talent recruitment outsourcing and technology business. As a board director, he steered the company through the recession, achieving c.80% revenue growth and a significant increase in profitability. Within this role, Ben consulted with many of the UK’s largest graduate and apprentice employers, including almost half of the Times Top 100 employers. In 2014, Ben set up as a consultant, helping recruitment teams – both in-house and outsourced – to become better at talent acquisition and management.

Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Latin and Ancient History, and is a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner. He speaks regularly on the subject of millennials/ Generation Z at events run by the likes of the CIPD, the Association of Graduate Recruiters, the Forum for in-house Recruitment Managers (the FIRM) and Symposium Events. He has published numerous articles in HR Grapevine, OnRec and Graduate Recruiter magazines.

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8 March
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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020 7231 5100


Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge, London
21 Lowndes Street
London, SW1X 9ES United Kingdom
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020 7823 1234