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Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2020

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00
Graduate Recruitment

Winter Flash Sale - all 2020 conference tickets £199 for a limited time only!

The 13th 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.

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

Event Partners

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE)

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE), formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), is an independent, not-for-profit member organisation that was established in 1968.

As the UK’s leading independent voice for student employers, our vision is that the success of every business is maximised by full access to student talent.

We achieve this by bringing together employers, the education sector and supplier partners, providing leadership and support in all aspects of student recruitment and development.


Group GTI

GTI is the UK’s leading provider of graduate recruitment services for employers hiring interns, graduates and school leavers for their early careers roles. With over 1 million undergraduate and graduate members, their TARGETjobs job board delivers quality resources and jobs for career oriented students seeking employment at leading UK employers. GTI RPO, their recruitment process outsourcing division, brings the latest ideas, innovation and best practice, offering a range of services and technologies to support attraction, selection and assessment activity, assisting organisations to recruit the highest calibre talent. Trendence UK, GTI’s leading student-focused market research firm, runs the largest national annual Universities Survey of over 80,000 student responses to provide insight into the graduate market.



Milkround work with you to create bespoke solutions to your graduate recruitment needs, ensuring that you hire the best talent. Our unique matching technology, partnerships and 20 years of experience means we’ll support you in finding the students and graduates that are most relevant to your roles within our diverse candidate audience, which includes 1 in 3 of all final year students. 

We conduct research and produce insights, such as our Candidate Compass report, that we use to inform our approach to your graduate recruitment strategies. Furthermore, we engage with students right at the start of their university journey and then support them throughout their studies, so we can source the right candidates for your internships, placements and then graduate opportunities. 



JobTeaser is the European leader for career guidance and the recruitment of students and recent graduates. Integrated into over 600 universities in 21 countries, JobTeaser empowers universities to provide students with career guidance and support. Companies that join the ecosystem can boost the visibility of their employer branded content, easily advertise job vacancies and identify the best match candidates for their positions, from across the network of 2.5 million students and recent graduates. Helping young people find the right match to their career goals and better prepare for the future of work. 




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 Future proofing your graduate talent strategy

  • Degree apprenticeships – how do they fit in?
  • How did IBM become the Graduate Employer of the Year two years in a row
  • Innovation, innovation and even more innovation

Jenny Taylor, UK Graduate, Apprenticeship and Student Programme Leader, IBM UK

10:10 Transforming graduate recruitment through partnership

  • Collaborating with strategic partners to redesign Sky’s early careers strategy
  • Implementing a change programme ‘against the clock’
  • Impact and results

Hannah Harrison, Business Director, GTI

Camilla McBride, Early Careers Transformation Lead, Sky

10:35 The Google Graduate Scholarship Programme

  • Investing in a community
  • Building brand awareness
  • Creating a hiring pipeline for the brand

Madhuri Kapoor, Student Development Specialist, Google

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Supporting your graduates with a ‘Side Hustle’

  • Embrace graduates who have a side hustle
  • How to support them and reward the initiative they show
  • The rise of entrepreneurship in graduates

Georgina Brazier, Marketing Manager, Milkround

11:55 Social mobility and the graduate population

  • Embracing a more inclusive future
  • Fast stream and diversity
  • Measuring SEB

Phil Wilson, Head of Assessment and Diversity, Civil Service

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Is your message resonating?

  • Insights from the JobTeaser European survey in partnership with WISE: Preparing the new generation for the future of work
  • The importance of visibility to students earlier in their career journey
  • Making your local global

Michelle Craig, Marketing Manager UKI, EMEA, JobTeaser

14:00 The Digital Skills Gap, youth unemployment and the role of large global brands

  • Purpose led strategies and building a strong employer brand
  • Future Jobs Finder, helping youth to apply for jobs that don’t exist yet
  • Diversity in tech, changing the landscape of technology

Lauren Jepson, Global Resourcing Operations Manager, Vodafone

Amy Rutterford, Future Talent Manager, Vodafone

14:25 Knowledge share networking session

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

Focus: Planning and execution of a successful graduate development journey

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Employability and partnership with a university

  • Graduate employment and employer reputation
  • Building a partnership for excellent alumni outcomes
  • Adaptability and resilience in modern careers

Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement and Service Lead for Employer, Industry & HEI Relations at King’s College London/ AGCAS Task Group

15:45 GradUnique: a talent partnership serving a shared purpose

  • What makes an award winning programme?: Harnessing the power of two brands to create a ‘super-brand’, the power of collaboration, shared purpose and investment of resources
  • Strengths of the programme: how to achieve broad exposure through rotation and visibility, integrated L&D, regular evaluation cycles, action learning and great placement managers
  • Discovered challenges and learning points
  • The future of the programme

Ashley Thomas, Talent and OD Manager, British Heart Foundation

Sara Francis, Internship Placements Manager,  Macmillan Cancer Support

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. 


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.

Phil Wilson, Head of Assessment and Diversity, Civil Service

Phil Wilson is the Head Assessment and Diversity at the Cabinet Office. Prior to this role, he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police and has also operated as a consultant for a range of industries. He has presented at numerous professional conferences, undertaken a variety of media activities and chaired national work psychology committees.

Madhuri Kapoor, Student Development Specialist, Google

After completing university in New Delhi, Madhuri joined the Talent & Outreach programs team at Google India. 7 years and 4 offices later, she currently works in the capacity of a Student development specialist at Google London, looking after a summer development program and tech scholarships for students across Europe, Middle East & Africa. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling and brunching. She’s excited to talk about Google’s investment in its scholarship programs and some of the new launches from last year.

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.

Hannah Harrison, Business Director, GTI RPO

Hannah is Business Director of GTI RPO, GTI’s recruitment process outsourcing business, and leads the team of recruiters who work on the outsourced graduate campaigns for clients from global multinationals to local SMEs. Hannah has extensive experience in early careers recruitment, including five years at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) where 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.

Lauren Jepson, Global Resourcing Operations Manager, Vodafone

Lauren currently leads on Resourcin Operations for Vodafone and took on the task of Scrum Master for the ground-breaking international future jobs programme “What will you be?” – Vodafone’s proposition to help 10 million young people navigate the digital skills gap and ever changing world of digital careers.

Over the last two years, Lauren has worked alongside her partners in Commercial, Brand & Sustainable business with specialist psychologists, careers advisers and MOOCs to develop a mobile first platform called Future Jobs Finder.

As Scrum Master, Lauren has scaled this initiative to help hundreds of thousands of people so far and has been launched in 22 countries and 11 languages since March 2018.

Amy Rutterford, Future Talent Manager, Vodafone

Amy has a background in HR Analytics, Programme Management, Generalist HR and Organisational Effectiveness. She now leads the Future Talent Team for Vodafone Group, managing the end to end journey for Graduates, Apprentices, Interns and Work Experience students.

Amy’s team have delivered the renowned #codelikeagirl programme, 4 day workshops inviting girls who are 14-18 to learn and get inspired. They have partnered with Kings College London to launch Vodafone Group’s first Hackathon, as well as launching our #generationpossible campaign to attract top talent to Vodafone.

With a focus on innovation using Technology, her team have implemented gamified cognitive testing and integrated A.I into the pre-screening process, as well as employing a fully digital assessment centre to enhance the candidate experience and increase efficiency.

Camilla McBride, Early Careers Transformation Lead, Sky

Camilla McBride is Sky’s strategic lead for Early Careers. She spent 10 years in the charity sector running peer education and crime prevention programmes for young people in their communitities and supporting businesses to attract untapped talent to diversify their workforces. Since joining Sky five years ago, she’s overseen the attraction, recruitment and in programme experience of 1000 work experience opportunities, 50 placements, 150 apprentices and 125 graduates each year.

Over the past year she’s been leading a transformation of programme design, assessment, brand and engagement for the graduate and apprentice programmes at Sky.

Michelle Craig, Marketing Manager UKI, EMEA, JobTeaser

Michelle Craig joined JobTeaser in 2018 to help support rapid expansion in the EMEA region are more specifically the UK. Having worked in EdTech for over 10 years, Michelle has a wealth of experience working with universities and students across Europe, and, is passionate about helping students prepare for the future of work and supporting the transition from education into employment. 

Andrew Wright, Head of Employer Engagement and Service Lead for Employer, Industry & HEI Relations, King’s College London

Andrew leads the strategic planning, development and oversight of a portfolio of employer engagement functions spanning across King’s, including oversight of all employer relations and business development, events and internships in the UK and internationally, together with growing areas of experiential learning and student placements.

Additionally, as Employer, Industry & Higher Education Institution Relations Service Lead across King’s, he chairs the Employer, Industry & HEI Relations Service Management Group, focussing on supporting internal stakeholders and academic colleagues to deliver world-class partnerships with external partners including developing King’s strategy and associated infrastructure for relations with industry and other higher education institutions globally.


Ashley Thomas, Talent and Organisational Development Manager, British Heart Foundation

Ash Thomas joined the British Heart Foundation in May 2018 as Talent & Organisational Development Manager and leads on their leadership, graduate, career development and apprenticeship offers and manages the internal coaching practice. A business psychologist with special interests in identity, inclusion and authentic leadership, prior to joining the BHF Ash worked in learning and diversity roles at KPMG and Stonewall. Recognised as an HR Future Leader by HR Magazine in Dec, Ash is currently studying for an MA in Leadership with Henley Business School.

Sara Francis, Internship Placements Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

Sara Francis joined Macmillan Cancer Support’s Talent Acquisition team in July 2017 as Talent Acquisition Lead (Early Careers). Sara leads the graduate and internship programmes as well as delivering bespoke early career engagement events and employability training. She also leads in-house recruitment training.  Sara initially joined Macmillan in 2009 and worked as a Cancer Information and support team leader for Macmillan’s support line for the previous eight years where she led on support line training and recruitment. A central part of Sara’s role was managing and coaching her team in providing emotional support to people living with cancer.  

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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