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Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00
Graduate Recruitment

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

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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.


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



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.


cut-e an Aon company 

In May 2017, global professional services firm Aon plc acquired cut-e and integrated the company into its global talent solution.

Cut-e and Aon undertake 30 million assessments each year in 90 countries and 40 languages. We deeply believe that psychometrics can create personal and organizational benefits that no other means can deliver.

We focus on creating innovative approaches to manifest these benefits for our clients and the people we assess.


Event supported by the ISE - Institute of Student Employers



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 Using digital attraction strategies to engage with top graduate talent

  • How social media is utilised to engage with talent and provide an insight into #LifeatSky
  • Insights into the type of content to use for maximum impact
  • Top tips for community management and enhancing your engagement rates
  • How to build a network of brand ambassadors

Kirsty MacCulloch, Account Director at Group GTI

Nadia Maarouf, Lead Social Media Specialist, Sky

Jack Hawkins, Digital Marketing Lead, Group GTI

10:35 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

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
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

James Bywater, Director Talent Solution Design, EMEA, Korn Ferry

Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP

Ivan Wise, Recruitment Director, Think Ahead

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 Changing the game in your recruitment strategy

  • How Nationwide got ahead of the game and achieved an engaging candidate experience
  • Play to win – increase diversity, increase retention, reduce time to hire and achieve ROI.
  • Gamechanger – how to introduce escape rooms into your graduate R&D strategy

Michael Harris, BD Manager, cut-e and Aon company

Skye Trubov, Senior Consultant, cut-e and Aon company

Josh Gelb, Resourcing Assessment Manager, Nationwide

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. 


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.

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.

Kirsty MacCulloch, Account Director, TARGETrecruit

Kirsty MacCulloch is Account Director at TARGETrecruit, Group GTI’s outsourcing and technology business, where she heads up the recruitment activity for Sky for whom TARGETrecruit provides early careers RPO support. Kirsty has extensive experience of delivering end-to-end early careers recruitment campaigns across multiple industry sectors including Insurance, Investment Banking, Technology, Engineering and FMCG. Kirsty has experience working across multiple geographies – Europe, Asia and the USA – is a trained DDI Facilitator and Targeted Selection practitioner and is Level A and Intermediate Level B trained.

Jack Hawkins, Social Media Specialist, TARGETrecruit

Jack Hawkins is Digital Marketing Lead for Group GTI and Social Media Specialist at TARGETrecruit. Jack has seven years’ experience working in digital marketing and social media and has spent the past three years developing, rolling out and analysing social media marketing strategies for multiple channels – notably the strategy, management and delivery of content published from the Sky Early Careers Facebook and Twitter feeds. Since Jack has started working on the Sky Early Careers social media channels, engagement rates have soared and consistently exceeded SLA benchmarks.

James Bywater, Director Talent Solution Design, EMEA, Korn Ferry
Ivan Wise, Recruitment Director, Think Ahead

Ivan Wise is the Recruitment Director for Think Ahead, a charity which recruits and trains mental health social workers, and is ranked 42nd in the 2018-19 list of Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. He was previously Head of Staffing at The Challenge, recruiting thousands of students and graduates to work on residential and community projects as part of the NCS programme. Before that, he was Head of Volunteering Project Managers for WorldWide Volunteering, overseeing a series of projects which supported disadvantaged young people – including those from prisons and care homes – into voluntary work.

Michael Harris, BD Manager, cut-e an Aon company

Mike is a Senior Business Development Manager at Aon Assessment Solutions. Mike has years of international experience assisting organisations define their talent strategies across multiple industries. Mike has worked on projects across UK, Europe, Africa and Australasia. He has experience using multiple assessment tools and methodologies based on client specific objectives. Mike has worked on projects including Graduate Recruitment, Talent Mapping, Succession Planning, Sales Force Effectiveness and more recently Digital Transformation.  

At Aon, Mike’s role is to advise customers on the latest industry trends within the recruitment and assessment industry with a view of delivering his clients a measurable ROI. 

Skye Trubov, Senior Consultant, cut-e and Aon company

Skye is a senior consultant of organisational psychology with years of international experience in designing effective talent solutions for clients across industry. Her areas of expertise focus on digital assessment, transformation and change, talent strategy, and talent analytics; measuring capability to drive performance.

As a consultant with cut-e, now Assessment Solutions by Aon, Skye works with clients on selection and development initiatives to drive organisational growth and productivity. Throughout her career, Skye has delivered scientifically-driven solutions translating into real returns for individuals and for the business. After moving to London in 2014, she led the psychology function for a technology company delivering app-based assessment and has worked on a number of assessment-focussed projects as an independent consultant.

Josh Gelb, Resourcing Assessment Manager, Nationwide

Josh Gelb is part of the Assessment and People Insights team at Nationwide Building Society. Josh specialises in all things assessment and development with a focus on our contact centres, emerging talent (Grads, IPs and Apprentices) and tech talent across the organisation. Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Josh trained and registered as an Organisational/ Industrial Psychologist. Previous roles include working in a Consulting Firm where recruitment, development and assessments were their bread and butter.

Designing and facilitating various team-based interventions across organisational levels, conducting coaching at middle level management and forming part of a team delivering OD interventions across Southern Africa. An interest of Josh’s is Work-Family conflict and how the changing gender norms of society impact this phenomena at work.

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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Thursday, 28 February 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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