Early Careers Development – Presentations


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The Early Careers Development conference is aimed at HR, L&D and talent professional’s responsible for entry-level talent and development programmes. Through a series of best practice case studies the conference will showcase innovative techniques to ensure that your graduate and apprentice intake are progressing and learning the skills you need. The speaker panel will also look at measuring ROI, how entry-level progression compares with other employees, performance, engagement and career paths.

This event has been specially designed to assist HR professionals in the development of apprentices and graduates.


09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarksDan Hawes, Co-founder,Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB)
09:45 Overview of recent national and global trends and their impact on the area of early careers

  • Apprenticeship Levy and National Living Wage and their influence on the recruitment landscape
  • Key points that organisations should consider when incorporating their development programmes

Kirstie Donnelly, MBE, Managing Director,City & Guilds

10:10 The impact of the Apprenticeships Levy on Early Careers and Graduate Strategies

  • Hear how the Apprenticeship Levy will revolutionise early career strategy and graduate recruitment
  • Levy overview
  • Changing propositions and employer demand for graduates
  • Effect on marketing spend, attraction channels and messaging
  • Next steps for employers

James Hammill, Director Professional Apprenticeships, Financial Services,BPP Professional Apprenticeships
Emma O’Dell, Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships & Strategic Partnerships,BPP Professional Apprenticeships

10:35 How to build brand loyalty before the offer stage

  • A buyers’ market: 64% students continue job hunting after receiving a job or internship offer
  • Why students are disloyal and KPCs of decision making
  • How to build engagement before offer stage to improve offer-hire conversions
  • Building relationships before, during and after contract stage

James Uffindell, CEO & Founder,Bright Network

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Global graduate management and rotations in practice

  • Attracting graduates with a global mind set
  • Managing global movement
  • Local initiatives in a global office
  • Setting the framework to support and develop
  • Ensuring the structure has the agility to move with business needs

Stacey Turner, Graduate Development Manager,Dyson

11:30 Employee diversity as a challenge of early career development

  • How to deal with challenges that emerge from an aging workforce?
  • Learn how to establish priorities across recruiters different age groups
  • Gain insight of the benefits of extending work opportunities beyond the young workforce

Shaun Meekins, Head of Early Careers Operations,Barclays UK

11:55 Reviewing Early Careers strategy to evolve the attraction and retention of your talent

  • Overview of Tesco Early Careers programmes
  • How our business is shaping current and future needs for talent and our approach to meeting these
  • Selling the brand of our business
  • Measuring the effectiveness of Early Careers programmes

Nick McGlashan, People Business Partner – Early CareersTesco

 11:55 Developing Powerful Digital Campaigns to Source New Talent

  • Differentiating yourself and growing global brand awareness to stand out in the competitive student market
  • Developing an end-to-end digital and social strategy to attract the best talent
  • Using gamification, social media and digital presence to maximise reach
  • Case study on the multi-award-winning Great Global Adventure from AXA

Paul Roberts, Graduate & Early Careers Resourcing Manager,AXA UK

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers 12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Mobilising Graduate Talent
Mark Rising, UK Commercial Director, Santa Fe Relocation Services
13:55 Creating meaningful Work Experience programmes that deliver impact for both young people and business

  • How to design programmes both accessible to all and that attract specialist untapped talent
  • Creating programmes that develop young people and pipeline talent into the business
  • Utilising programmes to develop internal staff and gain fresh perspectives
  • Reaping the benefits of brand ambassadors

Camilla McBride, Senior Consultant,Sky

14:20 Alternative Educational Paths for School Leavers

  • Why School Leavers should choose not to attend University
  • Why employers value School Leavers
  • Options available as a School Leaver

Shannon Diment, School Leavers & Undergraduate Lead Recruitment Partner,IBM

14:45 Questions and discussion with speakers
14:55 Refreshments and networking
15:15 Student Panel discussion

  • How to develop and strengthen a dialogue between an organisation and its young employees?
  • How to get younger people interested in a particular subject/working with universities

Rea Averill, Business Management & Marketing,Pearson College London (Part of University of London)
Kyle Boardman, Linguistics,Kings College London
Tino Chakadonha, Business Management & Global Industries,Pearson College London
Valeriia Reznik-Holmes, Business & Enterprise,Pearson College London

15:45 Knowledge share networking session
Round table discussions with your peers to share solutions to your key early careers development challenges
16:15 Revision of established graduate development programme to meet changing needs & expectations

  • Current programme overview and expectations
  • Reasons for reviewing an established programme
  • Key challenges, successes and lessons learnt

Michelle Saunders, Graduate Development Consultant,Rolls-Royce

16:40 Questions and discussion with the speakers
16:30 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

Expert speakers at this event:

Dan Hawes, Co-Founder, Graduate Recruitment Bureau

Dan Hawes is co-founder of Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB) – a recruitment consultancy helping recruiters source exceptionally talented Russell Group students and graduates for entry level and mid-level roles. GRB is based in Brighton and London and have clients from a broad spectrum of industries such as PWC, British Airways, Unilever, Tesco and Ocado. He is a CIM Chartered Marketer and GRB were recently awarded Investors in People status.

Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director, City & Guilds 

Throughout her career Kirstie has spearheaded the development of award winning products and services across the skills sector and is a passionate advocate of the role of digital and social media in transforming how people live, learn and work. Her commitment to this area was recognised when she was awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours for her services to e-learning in the FE/Adult sector in 2011. Her career highlights include nine years with learndirect where she was Director of Products, Technology and Marketing and created the first large scale brand and online offer in the provision of adult learning and online careers service which helped 11 million adults. Kirstie has helped to shape policy around skills in the UK and was part of the David Blunkett Task Force Group that established the Green paper: ‘Learning Age’, she was an active member of the Race Online 2012 campaign and part of the Government’s ICT review and the European Commission Review Team. In 2014 Kirstie was appointed as a commissioner on the future of apprenticeships for a commission chaired by Lord Glasman and Robert Halfon MP. Kirstie established the City and Guilds Industry Board, made up of a wide spread of employers and sectors, in 2014 as a way of connecting education and employers to inform the development of a quality delivery model for Apprenticeship reforms.

Shaun Meekins, Head of Early Careers Operations, Barclays UK

Shaun Meekins, Head of Early Careers Operations, Barclays Bank PLC.  Shaun has worked for Barclays for the last ten years in Senior Resourcing/HR Partner roles across a number of disciplines but most recently, and the last four years, as the Head of all Apprentice deliverables pan-Barclays-UK, with a focus on Foundation, Progression and Higher Apprentice on-boarding.  His team have created more than 2500 Apprenticeships in the last four years and were the first to launch theTraineeship Programme in 2014 and an all-encompassing, non-age specific ‘Bolder’ Programme in 2015.  Prior to Barclays, Shaun has worked for both Capita as Lead Resourcing Manager and also RBS in the capacity of Resourcing Partner.

Nick McGlashan, People Business Partner – Early Careers, Tesco

Nick has worked as retail manager for both food and DIY companies. He worked for 2 years as aTraining and Development manager for a Healthcare organisation in New Zealand before returning to the UK and taking up a position with Tesco as an operational Personnel Manager. He has worked in a number of different functions across the business delivering a variety of roles including Group Performance Management, Organisation Design, Training and Development and latterly the design and delivery of both retail and office based higher apprenticeship programmes. He currently hasaccountability for all Early Careers programmes for Tesco.


Paul Roberts, Graduate & Early Careers Resourcing Manager, AXA UK

An HR professional and early careers specialist for over 15 years, Paul has led and grown thegraduate, internship and apprenticeship proposition at AXA UK over the last 8 years.  Passionate about contributing to business success through the identification and development of talent, in improving the employability of young people, and in growing the profile of careers in insurance industry.  Paul is a key contributor to AXA’s global graduate initiatives including a new global graduate brand, an annual global graduate camp in Paris to bring leaders and graduates together, and the multi-award winning Great Global Adventure game.

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Camilla McBride, Senior Consultant – Starting Out Team, Sky

Camilla joined Sky to scale and future-proof their Work Experience and TV Placements. In just under a year she has grown their work experience to 900 opportunities per year, developing the programme to include every department from Finance to Production, Software Development to Make Up. The programme has been awarded the Gold Work Experience Quality Standard by Fair Train. Camilla has extensive experience gained over a decade working with young people to provide them with meaningful opportunities. Prior to Sky, Camilla worked at GoThinkBig with 50 corporate businesses to create and develop tailored programmes for each business which pipelined the best young talent into their opportunities. Camilla’s career started in the charity sector where shemanaged national youth programmes at Terrence Higgins Trust and Catch22 giving her a wealth of experience working with different groups of young people and tailoring programmes to their needs.


Shannon Diment, School Leavers & Undergraduate Lead Recruitment Partner, IBM

Whilst I was at University I worked part-time in the HR Department of a Supermarket Chain – this ignited my interest in a people-focussed role. After University I started on the Graduate Scheme with IBM in a Business Operations role in one of our technical divisions, before moving into HR/Recruitment just over 2 years ago. I started supporting the Graduate Recruitment Team and for the last 14 months have been leading School Leavers and Undergraduate Recruitment. I am passionate about the fresh, innovative mind-set brought into the corporate environment by Early Careers and find it very rewarding working in this enthusiastic market.

James Hammill, Director Professional Apprenticeships, Financial Services at BPP

James completed his CIMA to become a qualified accountant and has since spent the past 13 years working within a leadership role in BPP Professional Apprenticeship training.  James’s real passion lies with helping young people gain access to aspirational careers whilst at the same timesupporting employers to establish apprenticeship programmes.  James spearheaded the campaign to create the first ever government-approved apprenticeship for solicitors.  Prior to working at BPP James worked for Kaplan Financial and VA Tech. The focus of James’s role is to devise and deliver the strategy for Professional Apprenticeships and Financial Services which is aligned to BPP longer term plans. James has worked on some of BPP’s key corporate accounts including RBS, JP Morgan and Zurich.

Emma O’Dell, Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships and Strategic Partnerships, BPP Professional Education

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 managementbefore 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, responsible for the management of their trainee solicitor programmes. After navigating through the recession, Emma decided to return to the Financial Services sector as the Early Career Head of Programmes at RBS, responsible for the programme management function for all RBS Group graduate and apprenticeship schemes (from the point of induction to roll off). Now at BPP, Emma’s role as Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships and Strategic Partnerships is to work with key clients, supporting them to develop their early career strategies and design and deliver apprenticeship programmes that are aligned to their business needs.

James Uffindell, CEO & Founder, Bright Network

James has 16 years’ experience in the student marketing and attraction and is a regular media commentator on careers and entrepreneurship – he has been featured in The Economist, Management Today, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph as well as on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4, CNN and on ITV. James is CEO & Founder of Bright Network, an organisation that connects 80,000+ graduate with over 250 employers including Google, McKinsey, UBS and Slaughter and May. Through helping the UK’s best and brightest graduates with high quality digital careers support, dynamic events and personalized support, Bright Network is able to help partner firms find the talent they need to grow their businesses.

Michelle Saunders, Graduate Development Consultant, Rolls-Royce

Michelle graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Business Studies, and has followed a career focussed on Employee Development. Whilst working for Rolls-Royce Michelle has gained over 10 years’ experience in Graduate Recruitment and Development across functions such as Engineering, Operations, Commercial, and Customer Management. Michelle is responsible forevaluation, design and delivery of Graduate Development Programmes, focussing on standardisation, continual improvement and integrating Graduate Development within the Rolls-Royce architecture and strategy for developing future talent and high potential. This involves co-ordinating activities with global stakeholders and partners to develop global processes, communicating supporting strategy, and change management at all levels in the organisation.

Stacey Turner, Graduate Development Manager, Dyson

Stacey graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management. She held a variety of HR roles at Vodafone UK before joining Waitrose where she worked in the Partner Development team designing L&D solutions for Waitrose branch managers. Stacey joined Dyson in October 2015 in a newly created Graduate Development Manager role where she manages the development and rotations of Dyson’s significantly increasing graduate and apprentice population.

Student panel discussion:

Rea Averill, Business Management & Marketing, Pearson College London (Part of University of London)

I am currently studying a Business Management and Marketing Degree at Pearson Business School, London. Last year I spent six months living in San Francisco on an internship at ‘Apttus’ working in Corporate Alliances and Events. I am enjoying living in London and am currently working as a ‘Sales and Marketing’ Intern at ‘Showpad’ a Sales Enablement start-up. In my free time I enjoy organising events for Charity and working on my blog ‘TheLondonDegree’ documenting food, drinks, events and places that suit the student budget in London.

Tino Chakadonha, Business Management & Global Industries, Pearson College London

Learning about business management with global industries at Pearson College London whilst consulting with a number of companies such as Salesforce, Datadog, Unilever, IBM, Satalia, Magnet.me, Direct Line, MOD, L’Oreal and BAT. So far I’ve wandered the UN bodies in Geneva, the tech community in Lithuania, ethical fashion industry in Goa and looking forward to some more wandering.

Valeriia Reznik-Holmes, Business & Enterprise, Pearson College London

I’m a first year Business and Enterprise student, studying my degree at Pearson College London. I am extremely passionate about business and would like to start my own enterprise in the near future. Over the past four years living in the UK, I became more and more experienced in a range of professional and fast-paced environments, undertaking various trainings and gaining new skills. I am interested in the business industry as a whole, and therefore never eliminate any industry pathways e.g. Marketing, finance, sales. I’m known to be people’s person due to my extroverted personality, confidence and honesty.

Kyle Boardman, Linguistics, Kings College London

I am an aspirational, open-minded student that hopes to expand my experience both within and outside retail. Outside of retail I am interested in exploring marketing and advertising, PR and social media opportunities. I am currently studying a Linguistics Degree at Kings College London.


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