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Early Talent Forum 2019

16 May @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£249.00 – £299.00

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf


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Now in its fourth year, the Early Talent Forum has quickly become recognised as an industry leading conference for in-house Early Talent professionals. The summit will provide a platform to learn about and discuss the latest trends, best practices and innovative solutions to attract, develop and retain emerging talent in highly competitive markets.

Given the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, there is no better time for you to gain insights that will allow you to review and benchmark your early careers strategy and programmes. The summit will focus on reviewing early career strategies in light of the levy and political and economic changes such as Brexit, to ensure your current and future organisational talent needs are secured.

The summit is the must attend conference dedicated to uncovering both the strategic and practical elements needed to develop and deliver; early engagement, internship, work experience, apprenticeship and graduate programmes that align to your organisational talent agenda.

Attending this summit will enable you to:

  • Gain insights from best practice case studies from a range of industries
  • Take away practical tools and strategies to develop robust early careers programmes that align to your overall talent agenda
  • Attend smaller breakout sessions on the topics that really interest you
  • Network and share best practice insights with industry peers
  • Hear from leading industry experts about the changes that will affect the development of early talent within your organisations.

 We look forward to seeing you at the summit!

Who should attend:

  • Early / Emerging Talent Professionals

  • Student and Campus Recruitment Professionals

  • Talent Attraction and Management Professionals

  • Learning and Development Professionals

  • Human Resources and Talent Management Professionals

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


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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.

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?

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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?

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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.

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


Every year, more than £100 million is spent on marketing careers to students and graduates through traditional recruitment channels. Yet, entry level teams struggle with brand awareness, hard-to-fill roles, diversity and stretched team resources. Debut was created to solve that. Debut is a completely free app for students to showcase their skills and background in an engaging way to employers, bringing them opportunities they may never have considered or come across organically. For graduate employers, Debut provides unprecedented targeting and access to a wide and receptive talent pool, alongside real-time engagement across all universities in the UK.


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.



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

The Inspiration Programme: partnering in the community with business and organisations

Jenifer Cameron, CEO, Action4Youth

10:00 Development and launch of a programmatic Degree Apprenticeship

  • New to business 'end to end' programme
  • Creating the differential to existing specialist schemes
  • Creating success

Laura Lane, Global Leadership and Talent Specialist, Specsavers

10:25 To be announced

Jacob Binkin, Senior Director of Partnerships, Debut Careers

10:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:00 Refreshments and networking
11:20 Nurturing and developing apprentices against your strategic plan

  • Placing apprenticeships at the heart of your resourcing strategy
  • Getting the best out of Millennials and the Gen Z generation
  • The role of reward and recognition in retention

Natalie White, 2018 UK Apprentice Champion of the Year and Early Careers Advisor, National Nuclear Laboratory

11:45 Growth of an award winning programme

  • External relationships
  • Engagement
  • Retention and business strategy

Phillip Paige, Executive Director, UK Early Years Careers Lead, J.P. Morgan

12:10 To be announced
12:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:45 Lunch and networking
13:45 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

Developing an early careers strategy

14:10 Panel Discussion

Apprentice and school leaver investment: what, why, when and success factors

Young Ambassadors for the Education and Skills Funding Agency

14:35 The Faststream programme

Addressing social mobility and diversity in recruitment

Greg Hobbs, Deputy Director of Fast Stream and Early Talent, Civil Service

15:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:10 Refreshments and networking
15:20 The case for starting early

  • Research and best practice around working with primary / younger years and why this is important to your organisational career and attraction strategy
  • Drawing the Future Research Study findings and other leading research recently presented at Davos

Rhys Moffat, Employer Engagement Manager, Education and Employers

Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Head of Research, Education and Employers

15:50 Trailblazer apprenticeships

Albie Liddiard, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays

Angela Lemkes, Organisational Effectiveness Manager, Virgin Atlantic

16:15 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:25 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


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

CHAIR - Jenifer Cameron, CEO, Action4Youth

In a career committed to the not-for-profit sector, Jenifer has experience in national, regional and local charities in a variety of causes right across the UK. Success in fundraising and communications led to senior management roles in several organisations in the past 20 years including Springboard, The Royal Institution, Action4Youth and St Joseph’s Hospice.

Since joining in 2016, Jenifer has led Action4Youth through a period of significant change and growth. It is now in a robust position to deliver against its objectives of creating opportunities for young people to develop positively and to be the best possible next generation of our society.


Laura Lane, Senior Talent and Leadership Partner, Specsavers

Laura grew up in the John Lewis Partnership on a graduate scheme, following a management degree at Loughborough university. Her 10 years with the JLP afforded her fantastic opportunities from running supermarkets to management training to executive coaching through to Talent management.

She then took my skillset in to an SME where she was head of business development, leadership and coaching for a small consultancy firm – providing a brilliant platform to be externally facing, consulting and partnering with a multitude of organisations big and small.

Laura then joined a global engineering company as Head of Talent to build and deliver the organisational People plan before returning to her retail roots at Specsavers. Her current focus is building an Early Talent strategy for Specsavers' growing, global, matrix business as they embark on a brand and culture change towards becoming a leading healthcare provider.

Natalie White, Early Careers Advisor, National Nuclear Laboratory

Natalie is currently the Early Careers advisor for the National Nuclear Laboratory and lead on the early career programmes including work experience and apprenticeships. This involves the design of the programmes, attraction strategy, recruitment through to development of individuals in role.

Natalie progressed through the apprenticeship route 7 years ago and progressed from a business apprentice through to looking after the early career programmes at NNL.

Outside of my role Natalie volunteers through a number of networks speaking at local schools/colleges promoting apprenticeships and providing career guidance to students. She is very passionate about apprenticeships, and was awarded UK Apprentice Champion of the Year 2018 at the National apprenticeship awards. She has delivered presentations for Government (Department of BEIS) and groups such as the Nuclear Skills strategy group talking about her experience from being an apprentice to now looking after the programmes.


Phillip 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. 

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16 May
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£249.00 – £299.00
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Symposium Events
020 7231 5100


Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SH United Kingdom
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