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Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2011Tuesday 21st February 2012 – CCT Venues – Canary Wharf, London

Build and Sustain a Successful and Diverse Graduate Recruitment Programme for your Business

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The 5th annual Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference will be an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors.

The Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2012 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, as well as giving you the tools and knowledge needed to attract the best graduate talent into your company, and keep them engaged throughout the programme.

Graduate Recruiters are finding it increasingly hard to attract the right volume and quality of candidates and are fearful that the increasing tuition fees may deter people from going to university. The current climate has redefined the position of graduates within the workplace and in doing so has bought forward a variety of new challenges making attracting, recruiting and engaging the exceptional talent more difficult.

The event will examine issues such as creating a successful graduate programme as well as developing and engaging graduates. Featuring best practice case studies from many leading employers including Teach First, HSBC Bank plc and J.P. Morgan. The presenters will examine the effects of rising student fees, improving your employer brand, social media to recruit graduates, keeping graduates engaged and shortages in skills and diversity.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Find out how the rising student fees will effect employers
  • Recognise the value of engagement for your graduates
  • Establish yourself as a major player in the graduate market
  • Understand the changing demands of graduate talent
  • Develop and Evolve your Graduate Programme

Confirmed Speakers:

  • University of Cambridge – Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers
  • Nokia – Rebecca Gloyne, Global Talent Acquisition Manager (Digital Marketing),
  • Civil Service Fast Stream – Philip Wilson, Cheif Psychologist
  • Teach First – James Darley, Director of Graduate Recruitment
  • Morgan Stanley – Stephanie Ahrens, Head of Firmwide Graduate Recruitment, Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Loughborough University – Susan Reed, Careers Adviser
  • KPMG – Matthew Parker, Graduate Recruitment Manager
  • KPMG – Georgina Kvassay, Senior Manager, Recruitment and Resourcing
  • HSBC Bank plc – Jessica Ball, Emerging Talent Manager
  • J.P. Morgan – Amy Thomas, Vice President, Head of EMEA Employer Brand
  • Accenture – Aaliya Jetha, Sourcing Lead
  • Accenture – Kate Flury, Marketing Speacialist
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Ashley Hever, European Talent Acquisition Manager

What did previous attendees say about the event?

  • “Excellent range of expertise & areas of interest” – SW officer – Grad Recruitment, Teach First
  • “Very good overview of practical & challenging implications of grad rec” – Recruitment Officer Fedessa
  • “I thought the day was brilliant. Informative and interesting. Each topic was relevant and timed perfectly. Not too long but still enough detail. Thank you very much” – Talent & HR Assistant, Zenith Optimedia
  • “Lots of diverse speakers, good up to date examples that met objectives, would be good to get slides for all speakers” – Learning & Development Partner, Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Ltd
  • “Very well organized, informative event!” – Resourcing Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants
  • “A very good conference with quality speakers and informative content” – Corporate Recruitment , Friends Provident plc

Who should attend?

  • HR Directors and Managers
  • Graduate Recruitment & Development Managers
  • Graduate Programme Managers
  • Leadership & Talent Managers
  • Employer Brand Managers
  • Heads of Recruitment & Resourcing
  • Heads of Training and Development


9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Registration
9:30 – 9:40 Introduction and Opening Address by Conference Chair

Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

9:40 – 10:05 Practical Tips on Successful Graduate Recruitment
  • How Teach First has succeeded in a competitive environment
  • How they deliver volume recruitment on a shoestring charity budget
  • What they have learnt over the past 8 years

James Darley, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Teach First

10:05 – 10:30 Delivering and evolving a successful and impactful graduate recruitment strategy in a down time
  • How to do more with less (budget/resources)
  • Building an effective internal recruiting culture
  • Delivering the Promise – meeting the graduates expectations

Stephanie Ahrens, Head of Firmwide Graduate Recruitment, EMEA, Morgan Stanley

10:30 – 10:40 Questions and Discussion with Speakers
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee, Exhibition and Networking
STREAM A – Recruiting your future GraduatesSTREAM B – Developing and Engaging Graduates
11:10 – 11:35 Innovations that get you Noticed on Campus
  • Boot Camp

Delivering award-winning insights
A 48-hour interview to select the best

  • The Accenture Experience

Rethinking the Autumn Presentation
Speaking Gen Y’s language

Aaliya Jetha, Campus lead, Accenture and Kate Flury, Marketing Specialist, Accenture

11:10 – 11:35 Recruiting from Alternative Talent Pools
  • Considering internships and school leaver programmes
  • Looking beyond academic skills and building on valuable skills for the workplace
  • Building graduates for a career in the business not just an internship
  • Engaging candidates throughout their contracts

Ashley Hever, European Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

11:35 – 12:00 How can SME’s Compete with Big Brands?
  • Low number of responses make it extremely difficult to attract the right potential
  • Establishing your employer brand to gain status

Amy Thomas, Vice President, Head of EMEA Employer Brand, J.P. Morgan

11:35 – 12:00 How Organisations can work with Universities to Improve the Employability of its Students
  • Working with universities to attract the right talent
  • Improving the employability of students
  • Do graduates have enough work place skills?

Susan Reed, Careers Advisor, Loughborough University

12:00 – 12:10 Questions and Discussion with Speakers 12:00 – 12:10 Questions and Discussion with Speakers
12:10 – 13:10 Lunch and Networking
13:10 – 13:50 Knowledge Share Networking Session

This is your opportunity to discuss and debate issues effecting your graduate recruitment and development strategy. Split into round table groups and discuss challenging issues with your peers.

13:50 – 14:15 Building a Future-Focussed Recruitment Process
  • Reviewing the graduate profile
  • Creating a recruitment process for digital natives
  • The challenges and some results

Matthew Parker, Graduate recruitment Manager & Georgina Kvassay, Senior Manager, Recruitment and Resourcing, KPMG

14:15 – 14:40 Pushing Graduate Programmes to be more Diverse and Inclusive
  • Investigating the legal issues behind graduate recruitment
  • Opening up your programme to a broad pool of talent
  • Restrictions on International students staying in the UK after their studies

Jessica Ball, Emerging Talent Manager, HSBC Bank plc

14:40 – 14:50 Questions and Discussion with Speakers
14:50 – 15:10 Coffee, Exhibition and Networking
15:10 – 15:35 How do you Find the Quality among the Many Applicants
  • Finding the Exceptional Talent diverse talent
  • Understanding what sort of candidate you want in the company before it’s too late
  • Ensuring you have the correct recruitment strategy to get the employee you are looking for

Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Civil Service Fast Stream

15:35 – 16:00 Social Media to engage with Graduates
  • Leveraging Social Recruiting
  • Evolving recruitment with the fast pace changing world of technology
  • Creating innovative ways to recruit and attract graduates

Rebecca Gloyne, Global Talent Acquisition Manager (Digital Marketing), Nokia

16:00 – 16:30 Panel Discussion What Does The Future look like for Graduate Recruitment?

Panel Participants:

Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Cabinet Office
Amy Thomas, Vice President Employer Brand, J.P. Morgan
Stephanie Ahrens, Head of Firmwide Graduate Recruitment, EMEA, Morgan Stanley

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

 Gordon Chesterman

Gordon began his career in personnel, training and recruitment as a graduate trainee for a multinational company, and in 1983 he joined a major firm of chartered accountants as their graduate recruitment manager. After a period with a small publishing company in Cambridge and running his own training business, he joined the Careers Service in 1995 and was appointed Director in 2002.

James Darley, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Teach First

 James Darley

James has been working in Graduate Recruitment for over 13 years.
He is responsible for the attraction and selection of around 1,000 top graduates who want to join the Teach First leadership development programme.
He joined Teach First 8 years ago from Credit Suisse where he was the European Head of Graduate Recruitment.
Before this he took a year off to travel around the world and fulfilled life-long ambitions including swimming with wild dolphins, hiking along the Great Wall of China and sailing up the Amazon!
Prior to travelling, James also spent 2 years at Deutsche Bank as Global Head of Fixed Income Graduate Recruitment and at the same time served as a Director of the AGR.
Before this he headed up graduate recruitment for United Biscuits and worked for a number of years in Purchasing for both UB and Spillers Petfoods.
James graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc in Psychology and Computer Science and Information Technology. He is married to Andrea and has two young sons, Jack 5 and Tom 3 who pretty much take up all of his free time currently!
James is also deputy chair of the London Careers Group and board member of the Cambridge Careers Syndicate.

Rebecca Gloyne, Global Talent Acquisition Manager (Digital Marketing), Nokia

 Becky Gloyne

Becky is the Global Talent Acquisition Manager (Digital Marketing) for Nokia and is responsible for the strategy and methodology of how Nokia secure the best Digital Marketing talent on an international basis and Global Employer Branding. Nokia is the world’s number one mobility company, connecting more than 1.3 billion people every day, from mobile phones to advanced smart phones and high-performance mobile computers. “Connecting People” is at the heart of the Nokia brand which has now become one of the most trusted and valued global brands, encapsulating the essence of good mobile communications.
Prior to joining Nokia, Becky worked for the Marketing and Communications Agency Major Players; where she managed the Digital Marketing desk. She possesses 8 years recruitment experience, specialising in Digital Marketing Recruitment for the last 4 years.

Stephanie Ahrens, Head of Firmwide Graduate Recruitment, EMEA, Morgan Stanley

 Steph Ahrens

Stephanie Ahrens is currently the EMEA Head of Firm wide Graduate Recruitment at Morgan Stanley.

In her current role, Stephanie is responsible for the overall strategy of identifying, hiring and developing entry level talent for Morgan Stanley across Europe. She oversees the strategic and tactical execution of all campus activities in EMEA, including oversight of the selection and retention process for the firm.

Prior to her career at Morgan Stanley, Stephanie was at Credit Suisse.

Philip Wilson, Chief Psychologist, Civil Service Fast Stream

 Phil Wilson

Phil leads the design and development of the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate talent management programme – focusing particularly on assessment techniques, diversity, social mobility, coaching and targeted internships. Prior to this role he was Head of Occupational Psychology at London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police, and also a consultant at SHL and RAS working for a range of industries. He has presented at numerous professional conferences, undertaken a variety of media activities and chaired national work psychology committees.

Jessica Ball, Emerging Talent Manager, HSBC Bank plc

Jessica joined HSBC in 2009 having spent the previous 7 years working for executive search, high street recruitment and recruitment processoutsourcing organisations. During this time Jessica worked with a variety of private and public sector clients on their graduate recruitment processes. In her role as Graduate Recruitment Manager for HSBC, Jessica is responsible for the attraction, selection and on-boarding of high calibre graduates to HSBC’s UK and European graduate programmes. Jessica is also the programme manager for HSBC’s summer internship programme and the emerging talent diversity initiatives.

Susan Reed, Careers Adviser, Loughborough University

 Susan Reed

Susan joined the Careers and Employability at Loughborough University in 1996 following a brief introduction to the higher education careers sector at De Montfort University and several years working as a careers adviser with school leavers. She supports students on programmes in Psychology, Human Biology, Civil and Building Engineering and Mathematics. In her role as Senior Careers Adviser she manages a team of advisers and oversees training within the service. She manages two interactive skills programmes for students – Insight into Management for second years and Accelerate Your Career for finalists. Susan has an overseeing role of issues/activities related to students with disabilities. Further afield, she is involved with organising training activities and events for higher education careers staff in the East Midlands region, for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

Susan is also a Warden in a Hall of Residence at the University.

Matthew Parker, Graduate Recruitment Manager, KPMG

Matthew has worked in the Recruitment Team at KPMG for 7 years, initially joining as a Recruitment Officer. Matthew spent 3.5 years as a Recruitment Officer and focused on bringing grads into both the Audit and Advisory departments.

In 2008 Matthew spent 18 months as an Assistant Manager of the Graduate Recruitment team taking more of an operational role and spending more time training KPMG employees in the skills of interviewing and assessing.

In January of 2010 Matthew undertook a 9 month secondment working with one of KPMG’s Advisory teams providing day to day HR support to a group of approx 300 employees.
On returning to Recruitment in September 2010 Matthew was promoted to Graduate Recruitment Manager. During this time Matthew has focused on the recruitment process for KPMG’s School Leaver Programme and has also assisted with the delivery of the immersive assessment process.

Georgina Kvassay, Senior Manager, Recruitment and Resourcing, KPMG

 Georgina Kvassay

Georgina has been in recruitment for 14 years at KPMG and spent the first 10 of those in Graduate Recruitment culminating in her leadership of Graduate Recruitment for the UK firm.

She then moved to a global role which took her around the world to build recruitment strategies with KPMG member firms, develop global initiatives and build a network to share best practice across the globe.

In 2010 she took a one-year secondment to the CIPD where she led a project focussing on careers in HR. She worked on creating an attractive and compelling career proposition to attract the best talent into the profession.

Her latest role has been to undertake a review of graduate recruitment for KPMG. She facilitated the design and implementation of a new and immersive assessment process for all graduate applicants in order to bring the right graduates into the firm to build the growth agenda for KPMG.

Amy Thomas, Vice President, Head of EMEA Employer Brand, J.P. Morgan

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas recently joined J.P. Morgan to lead its EMEA Employer Brand team. Working closely with the Graduate and Experienced Hire Recruitment teams at J.P. Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Employer Brand team develops and implements attraction strategies for the region.
Over the course of her career Amy’s worked at an advertising agency in Milwaukee, the marketing team at the NYU Stern School of Business in New York, and Citi Investment Bank in New York and London. In her previous role at Citi, she implemented effective recruitment campaigns at universities across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Amy holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Aaliya Jetha, Sourcing Lead, Accenture

 Aaliya Jetha

Aaliya is the Sourcing Lead overseeing Accenture’s recruitment of graduates across all regions. She holds a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters in Anthropology, from Royal Holloway and SOAS. Aaliya was born in Mombasa Kenya, and started her career in publishing before moving over to Graduate Recruitment.

Kate Flury, Marketing Specialist, Accenture

 Kate Flury

Kate Flury first cut her marketing teeth as a copywriter for the Agency work communications. After a few years creating recruitment marketing, employee engagement and graduate campaigns for clients like Transport for London and CERN, she moved over to the client service side to be lead Account Manager on Accenture. Now she works in the recruitment marketing team at Accenture, managing the graduate attraction piece.

Ashley Hever, European Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

 Ashley Hever

After graduating with a BA Hons degree in Criminology at The University of Hull, Ashley joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car, one of the world’s largest and most successfully owned companies with annual sales of over 14 billion worldwide focusing on the non- traditional replacement vehicle management. Within a management development programme he developed through the organisation to Area manager. In 2008 he was appointed European Talent Acquisition Manager responsible for all aspects of activity from recruitment strategy through to on-boarding and retention across Europe

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GTI Recruiting Solutions

Since 1999 GTI Recruiting Solutions has been supplying bespoke outsourced graduate recruitment solutions and applicant tracking systems for organisations around the world.

If you want us to manage your full end-to-end graduate recruitment process, we’ve got the skills, the reach and the experience to do that easily or if you want us to look after key elements of the graduate recruitment process that complement your existing activities – such as marketing, screening and interviews – we can do that too. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for one graduate or 200 or whether you want those graduates to be from the UK, China or any other place in the world. We can do it. No one has graduate recruitment channels even remotely as good as ours. Being part of the world’s largest graduate media company, Group GTI, is a huge advantage.

As a white label product our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is branded as an employer’s own system and provides companies with a best practice solution underpinned by a comprehensive suite of tracking and reporting tools. Scalable in terms of both cost and functionality, the ATS can be tailored to meet the requirements and demands of both the small and large scale recruiter; helping to reduce the time spent on administration and removing many of the frustrations associated with processing, organising and communicating with hundreds if not thousands of applicants.

Group Dynamics Limited
Group Dynamics Limited
With thirty years of experience in the conference and events industry, Group Dynamics are able to provide a wide variety of products and services that keep audiences of all descriptions engaged and motivated.

In addition our systems provide our clients with invaluable data about their audiences which can be used not only to identify the best candidates, but also to monitor the interest generated and gauge the overall success of their events.

In a recent thirty-event graduate recruitment road show, the registration system, audience participation and post-event feedback were all managed through our Messenger handset, incorporated seamlessly within other presentations. Text messaging was also used to gather attendees’ thoughts and opinions.

From graduate recruitment roadshows to inductions to employee engagement, Group Dynamics can help take your events to the next level.

And with full AV support and the best technical team, we aim to provide the highest level of service possible.

Information for potential 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 here or email or call Sales at or 020 7231 5100.



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