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Entry and Early Talent Forum 2018

Thursday, 17 May 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

Discover the latest thought leadership and best practice at Symposium's new Entry and Early Talent Forum 2018 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 leavers, 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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Event Sponsors BPP Professional Apprenticeships Expert business, finance and law apprenticeship training and support from one of Europe’s largest specialist professional education providers. Aligned to industry recognised professional qualifications with clear progression paths to full professional or postgraduate qualifications, BPP work with employers to create and deliver bespoke apprenticeship and school leaver programmes tailored to individual business needs to recruit and develop the professionals of tomorrow. www.bpp.com Milkround Milkround is your graduate career resource with hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes. Start your job search here, or use our advice pages to research careers and help with your decision making. We’re committed to giving students and graduates career confidence, and that means conquering fears of finding, applying and making that first step on the career ladder. With Milkround you get direct access to employers. www.milkround.com Sponsors 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

Josephine Storek, Talent Identification and Career Development Programme, Research Associate, University College London

 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 Clyde

Margaret Miller, Early Careers Manager, Babcock Clyde

10:10 The Apprenticeship Levy – a year in…

  • How the UK’s top firms are dealing with the opportunities and challenges presented by the Apprenticeship Levy 12 months on
  • Differences in approach between sectors
  • How they plan to expand their apprenticeship programmes over the next 12 months with a growing focus in technology and digital

Emma O’Dell, Deputy Executive Apprenticeship Director, BPP

 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

Nadir Rizvi, Graduate Manager, IBM UK

Karen Handley, Early Careers Lead, Virgin Media

 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 

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

Theodora Anthony, Apprentice, JP Morgan

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

  • Merging organisation 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 speaker
 12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key challenges 


 14:00 Balancing costs – in recruitment, training, attrition, development, under and over promotion

  • Understanding push and pull factors and segmenting turnover costs
  • Avoidable and unavoidable turnover
  • Workable retention methods and aligning them across the organisation

Sarah Tozer, HR Manager, BT

 14:25 Early talent spotting – finding talent outside their role metrics and providing the right development opportunities 

  • School Governance: a community-based development opportunity
  • Governance competencies: knowledge, skills and personal attributes – a framework for learning
  • Employers feedback: what learnings employees bring back to the work place

Judith Hicks, Head of Inspiring Governance, National Governance Association

Cathy Sinclair, Head of UK Student Recruitment, Sheffield Hallam University

 14:25 Deploying employer brand to attract and retain the right skills and talents for your organisation

  • How a successful employer brand drives recruitment, retention and engagement.
  • Why a defined set of values should matter to you.
  • How to communicate your employer brand through your workforce.

Paul Hitchens, Director, Verve

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Attracting people: creating talent

  • Redefining the scope of your graduate programme
  • A collaborative approach to ensure evolving agility in the placement offering
  • Strengthening key skills and focusing on desirable outcomes

Esme Cottier, Career and Placement Manager, Nationwide

 15:45 Engagement & Retention – key to successful early talent programmes

  • How to successfully onboard and induct 
  • Building a graduate community 
  • Creating a bespoke development programme

Tania Formosa, Global Head of Talent Development, Just Eat

Chantelle Mengal, Talent Associate, Just Eat

Becca Yiangou, Graduate Finance Associate, Just Eat

 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…


Dr Josephine Storek, Talent Identification and Career Development Programme Research Associate, University College London

Dr. Josephine Storek, CPsychol is BPS Chartered Psychologist, member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists, academic, researcher, public speaker and psychometrician. Josephine is a Honourary Research Associate at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London (UCL). She collaborates extensively with the Eagle Hill School in Connecticut, Boston University and UPenn Positive Psychology & Creativity Centre.

Josephine’s research is regularly published in prominent peer-reviewed journals, magazines and national and international press. Prior to academia, Josephine spent a decade in strategic consulting roles in the educational and financial industries both in the UK and abroad, where she delivered complex corporate and educational talent identification and career development programmes that were awarded with prestigious AACSB and EQUIS Awards and shortlisted for the QS Wharton University Re-Imagine Education Award.


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. 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.


Emma O’Dell, Deputy Executive Apprenticeship Director, BPP

Staring out on the Graduate Leadership Programme at Barclays, Emma worked her way up through various HR roles including recruitment, learning and development and talent management before specialising in Graduates. After setting up the Corporate Banking graduate programme there, Emma left the world of Banking to become the Head of Graduate Recruitment and Development at Taylor Wessing Law Firm, as well as working as Early Career Head at RBS.

Now at BPP as Deputy Executive Apprenticeship Director, Emma works closely with key clients, supporting them to develop their professional education strategies and design and deliver apprenticeship programmes that are aligned to their business needs. And is involved in BPP’s strategic agenda to create and launch new propositions in response to new industry regulations and industry requirements.


Nadir Rizvi, Graduate Manager – Consulting by Degrees, IBM UK

Nadir Rizvi is currently part of the management team which runs  the UK arm of the global consulting graduate scheme at IBM, Consulting By Degrees.

A modern languages and business graduate, his professional career started at SAP in Germany as a Technical Translator. A side interest in Graduate Recruitment at SAP then led him to consider a move in to the HR world at IBM, after a stint in SAP agency recruitment. The experience gained in IBM HR Shared Services led him to management consulting within IBM, specialising in HR Transformation for external clients.

Nadir has also run experienced hire recruitment for IBM UK and, since 2013, has worked as a manager within the early professionals programs at IBM UK where he currently works across the entire life cycle of the consulting graduate program, with a keen focus and interest in recruitment.


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

Passionate about the skills and capabilities development of others, Sam manages the personal and professional development of early careers individuals at Standard Life Aberdeen plc; this includes the development of Graduates, Interns and Investment trainees among others. Sam has experience across Financial Services and the Third sector spending time working in both the UK and Canada. With a keen interest in the rise and success of social enterprises, she sits on the Board of a charitable retail organisation in Edinburgh. 

Sam’s academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Edinburgh Napier University. Sam was recently awarded HR Graduate of the year at the 2017 HR National Awards as well as being recognised by the CIPD for her achievements during her postgraduate studies.

Judith Hicks, Head of Inspiring Governance, National Governance Association

Judith has worked as an HR professional within the retail & logistics sector for fifteen years, working for Tesco, Pets At Home & Booker.  She has held a variety of national roles focusing on recruitment, talent management, performance management, organisation design and learning & development. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development.

In 2008 Judith became a parent governor at a school in Warwickshire and has been a Chair of Governors since 2010.  Most recently, Judith has worked for Warwickshire County Council as a consultant within the governor development service, where she has worked with maintained schools, academies and MAT’s to design & deliver bespoke interventions, mentored chairs and conducted external reviews of governance.

Judith joined the NGA in September 2016 as Head of Inspiring Governance; the project which will manage a governor recruitment & development service.

Elizabeth Hunt, Marketing Manager, Milkround

Elizabeth Hunt is Marketing Manager at Milkround, and has been with the company for four years. This means she is well informed on trends in the school leaver and graduate markets, in regards to the expectations and concerns Milkround’s audience have surrounding their future careers.

 Diversity has been a strong focus in Milkround’s most recent graduate research piece, considering in particular social mobility and the gender pay gap. Lizzy specialises in B2B marketing, ensuring employers are maximising their recruitment opportunities by utilising the many offerings of Milkround.

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Paul Hitchens, Employer Branding Course Director, Verve Brand

Paul Hitchens is a Brand Strategy Consultant and advises organisations on how to stand-out for the right reasons and build meaningful brands. He is a TEDx Speaker and author of three bestselling books on brand management published by Hodder Education: ‘Brand Management – In A Week’, ‘Successful Brand Management’ and ‘Create the Perfect Brand’.
He is a founding partner of Verve Brand Consultancy and his industry experience spans three decades in advertising, branding, design and marketing. Paul has been interviewed on national radio and television, including; BBC, ITV and Channel5 News.
He is a highly experienced course director and has created and delivered popular courses and bespoke professional training workshops in the EMEA region since 2008. Paul presents the popular ‘Employer Branding’ open course with Symposium Training. His TEDx Talk is titled ‘Innovate your brand experience through Purpose and Values’.
Becca Yiangou, Graduate Finance Associate, Just Eat

Becca joined Just Eat’s first ever graduate programme in September 2016 on the Finance scheme. So far during her time with Just Eat, she has spent time rotating in Tax and Treasury, Statutory Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis and now Finance Business Partnering. Becca is also studying for her CIMA and recently achieved joint sixth highest mark in the world for her Operational case study exam.

Chantelle Mengal, Talent Associate, Just Eat

Chantelle joined Just Eat in September 2015 as a recruitment resourcer and has since moved into a hybrid talent acquisition and talent development role looking after Early Careers at Just Eat. Chantelle is responsible for the end-to-end process from identifying and fulfilling requirements, through to onboarding and induction, facilitation training and bringing the community together.

Tania Formosa, Head of Employee Experience, Culture at Projects, Just Eat

Tania has worked as a People professional in the tech sector for 5 years, starting her career as a Graduate at Just Eat and progressing over the past five years to a leadership position. She has held a number of roles across the People team including Talent, L&D, Early Careers and has recently taken on a new position at Just Eat, heading up the new Employee Experience team.

Responsible for delivering a continuous improvement strategy for employee experience, Tania is passionate about creating a high performance culture where everyone loves coming to work and doing a great job.

Margaret Miller, Early Careers Manager, Babcock Clyde

Working as a steward providing catering to the Royal Navy and Royal Marine services for 3 years, Margaret moved to an office based role, responsible for the recording of time and attendance for 1000 staff and ensuring efficient delivery of accuracy.

After eight years, she moved into an HR administration role and then into learning & development initially as an Administrator then as a Training Manager.

Margaret TUPED over to Babcock in 2002 and has remained in Learning & Development firstly as an Administrator, Specialist and now Early Careers Manager, managing Babcock Clyde’s Graduate, Summer placement and Apprentice programmes with a total of 50 staff reporting into the role.

Esme Cottier, Career and Placement Manager, Nationwide Building Society

Having started on the Civil Service Fast Stream (HR) Esme has worked her way through a range of different HR roles both within the Public and Private sector, eventually specialising in Emerging Talent within Nationwide Building Society which is where her passion really lies.

Esme has a real passion for learning and development and relishes the opportunity to work with such talented individuals within Nationwide. She works closely with all Emerging Talent through their time on programme designing and delivering learning interventions and coaching and guiding them through their placements and studies which eventually leads to their permanent roles.


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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Thursday, 17 May 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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