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Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2019

28 February @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£249.00 – £299.00
Graduate Recruitment

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf



The 12th annual Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference will share the latest strategies to attract, retain and develop the brightest graduate talent in the current competitive market.

The conference is an opportunity to hear about best practice strategies from industry leaders across the sectors. It is designed to offer HR and Recruitment professionals responsible for hiring and developing graduates a chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme.

Through attending the Conference, you will:

  • Understand the value and contribution of graduates to your organisation, your bottomline, innovation and talent pipeline
  • Hear about the latest studies on the needs and wants of graduates to be able to develop an attractive, engaging and robust graduate recruitment programme
  • Develop a strong, authentic and appealing graduate employer brand to improve attraction, alignment and retention
  • Discover innovative approaches to developing graduates
  • Hear from best practice organisations on their successful graduate programmes; their challenges, the strategy and outcomes

The conference will provide plenty of opportunity for you to network with other industry professionals and share your graduate recruitment ideas and challenges.

Please note that conference details are subject to change.

Who should attend:

  • Head of Recruitment / Talent acquisition

  • Head of HR

  • Learning and development Directors/Managers

  • Talent Management

  • Employee Relations

  • Emerging talent

  • Graduate Recruitment Managers

  • Early careers Managers

  • Campus / school Engagement Managers

  • Student Acquisition Managers

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


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.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


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.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
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You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

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.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

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

Group GTI Group GTI is the leading early careers business in the UK providing an unrivalled range of products and services to the early careers market, including the leading job boards TARGETjobs.co.uk and TARGETcareers.co.uk, trendence research and TARGETrecruit, the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) business. They are passionate about early in careers recruitment and fully embedded in the early careers market - and it shows in their results. They bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to their clients’ campaigns, allowing them to recruit the highest calibre talent for their organisations. Some of their clients outsource their complete early careers recruitment campaigns to Group GTI, while others use them to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process such as marketing & attraction, application screening, telephone & video interviewing, candidate management and assessment centre design. www.groupgti.com/employer/targetrecruit
Korn Ferry is a global organisational consulting firm. They help clients synchronise strategy and talent to drive superior performance. They work with organisations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities. They help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life. And they advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people. Their 7,500 colleagues serve clients in more than 50 countries. They offer five core solutions.
  • Organisational Strategy
  • Assessment and Succession
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Leadership Development
  • Rewards and Benefits


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 sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.

Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

09:45 Innovation in graduate programmes

  • Features which have made IBM's programme award winning
  • Employability events and attraction

Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader, IBM UK Early Professional Programmes

10:10 Maximising the impact of your attraction activity to engage with top talent

Hannah Harrison, Business Director, TARGETrecruit

10:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Student perceptions of Brexit and their concerns for their futures

  • Initial research around how students are feeling on the lead up to Brexit and how this will impact careers
  • How are employers feeling and has this impacted recruitment?
  • Best approaches to getting your jobs in front of the right candidates with success

Georgie Brazier, Marketing Manager, Milkround

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 How we super-boosted our talent and did it 'Our Way'

  • Developing a bespoke graduate programme from scratch to address the skills gap
  • Attraction and development of early talent and how Sky Betting use this talent internally / externally - what happens once they are on board?
  • Addressing the gender balance and increasing diversity through campaigns
  • Success stories from the programmes

Yasmin Ahkter, Early Careers Recruitment Manager, Sky Betting & Gaming

11:55 Panel discussion

Innovative recruitment and development of the graduate population

Katherine Gibbins, Campus Recruiter, Phillips UKI

James Bywater, Director Talent Solution Design, EMEA, Kornferry

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

Designing a graduate programme which future proofs your business


14:00 Future University: the next generation of graduates

  • Disruption: moving beyond institution and tradition
  • Social mobility: attracting talent from all backgrounds
  • Employability: innovative work based learning

Fraser Tidman, HR Programme Lead, University Academy 92

14:25 Get ahead of the game: Gamification in Assessment

  • How to maximise candidate engagement and identify potential in online assessment
  • The difference between games and gamification - how to get it right
  • How to fit gamification into your talent acquisition strategy

Michael Harris, Business Manager, Cut-e

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Attracting applicants in the digital age

  • Promoting an authentic brand online
  • Creating a safer place for engaging with candidates
  • How wellbeing and inclusion attracts applicants

Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP

15:45 Successful collaboration with a university on graduate programmes

Keith Herrmann, Director of Employability & Careers, University of Surrey

16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


Conference Speakers

CHAIR - Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

Stephen Isherwood was appointed Chief Executive of the ISE in June 2013 following seven years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK.

Prior to EY, Stephen managed graduate recruitment and development programmes at PwC and Safeway as well as working in the public sector where he developed and managed a number of careers related programmes. 

In addition to his current role Stephen sits on a number of steering groups related to higher education and employment: he is on the board of HECSU as well as trustee of Ashorne Hill Management College. Stephen works with the charity Speakers for Schools and has also recently teamed up with Roding Valley High School as an Enterprise Advisor through the Careers and Enterprise Company. 


Hannah Harrison, Business Director, TARGETrecruit

Hannah has overall responsibility for the delivery of all recruitment campaigns at TARGETrecruit, working with many leading graduate brands across a wide variety of sectors. She previously worked for GTI as an account manager from 2003-2007 before taking up a role leading Graduate Recruitment at the Financial Services Authority.

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.


Yasmin Ahkter, Early Careers Recruitment Manager, Sky Betting & Gaming

Yasmin is Leeds University alumni and graduated with a BA English Hons degree in 2007. Currently at Sky Betting and Gaming in Leeds, she heads up and has developed the Early Careers proposition ensuring that they have a unique offering for early talent. She sits on the Leeds Digital Board and the Northern Power Women Future List and is passionate about driving the Northern Diversity agenda as well as the retention of Northern talent.

Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP

Samantha is Shoosmiths’ graduate recruitment manager based in Milton Keynes. She attracts, recruits and develops trainee solicitors, by co-ordinating the vacation placements and training contracts across the firm’s 11 office locations in the UK.

Samantha has a passion for the use of digital media in recruitment and marketing. She leads the social media pages for the careers teams at Shoosmiths, including a Facebook live video series called #ShoosmithsLIVE – designed as an opportunity to engage with a diverse range of potential candidates all over the world.  

A law graduate herself, Samantha has been working in the graduate recruitment market since 2008, before joining Shoosmiths in 2010.


Fraser Tidman, HR Programme Director, University Academy 92

Fraser is a multi-faceted HR professional (Chartered Member CIPD) with expertise in L&D, Coaching, Change Management, Recruitment, OD, and Strategy. He is currently working on an innovative Higher Education development in partnership with Lancaster University (The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018) as HR programme lead for University Academy 92.


Keith Herrmann, Director of Employability and Careers, University of Surrey

Keith Herrmann is Director of Employability and Careers at the University of Surrey which was named both 'University of the Year' and 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. At Surrey he leads the Directorate of Employability and has a university-wide remit as strategic lead on employability, careers and the university’s renowned student placement programme (the Professional Training Year).

The University has 1,200 students out on placement a year and has 2,300 placement providers that we work with in the UK, Europe and internationally. Keith works extensively with the academic community to ensure employability is a core element of the student learning journey.

Katherine Gibbins, Campus Recruiter, Philips UKI

Katherine supports the entire UK&Ireland market with strategy and acquisition of early years talent. This covers apprenticeships, industrial placements, graduate schemes and more. The Philips' graduate schemes cover a broad range from engineering, marketing, sales, and operations to enabling functions, such as finance, HR,quality and business transformation. 

Katherine manages the Apprenticeship Levy, and partners with training providers to hire high potential individuals seeking their first role, or a career change.

Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader, IBM UK

Jenny Taylor is Leader of IBM UK's Early Professional programs with responsibility for recruitment, career management, development of education programmes and finance and operations for the schemes. She operates across the full spectrum of IBM's business lines, managing Early Professionals in business, technology, consulting and sales roles. These programmes have won multiple awards including Targetjobs “Graduate Employer of the Year 2018”.    

Jenny is Chair of the Tech Sector Digital Degree Apprenticeships Employer steering groups and plays a leading part in the development of Trailblazer standards. She actively supports initiatives to create skills for the digital economy including girls’ schools outreach, STEM and employability skills for young people. Jenny has received industry recognition for her mentoring and inspirational leadership. She is also a Commissioner for the Princess Royal Training Awards and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency degree awarding powers committee.

Georgie Brazier, Marketing Manager, Milkround

Georgie is the marketing manager for Milkround, the UK’s leading student and graduate job board. Having worked at Milkround for over 3 years, Georgie has taken a keen interest into the ever-changing world of early talent and how employers need to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply for their roles. A key highlight for this year has been working with Access Accountancy to tackle social mobility and demystify a career in accountancy within low socio-economic schools.

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28 February
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£249.00 – £299.00
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Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SH United Kingdom


Symposium Events
020 7231 5100