Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2017 – Presentations


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The 10th annual Graduate Recruitment and Development Conference will share the latest strategies toattract, 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.



 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks – Jane Campbell, Head of Student Careers, The University of Leeds
 09:45 Mission Critical – Securing the future: Developing a robust graduate recruitment strategy and programme

  • The alignment of your graduate programme to your organisation’s talent strategy
  • Setting the right frameworks – the role, the support and the development
  • Getting the right buy-in and consulting with key stakeholders
  • Assessing the value of graduates to the business

Jane Clark, Group Head of Graduate Resourcing and Development, Barclays 

10:10 Know your target market: Unravelling the needs and wants of graduates

  • Understanding your target market – the values, learning preferences and drivers that underpin application decisions
  • Knowing where and what graduates look for in programmes
  • How to develop a unique graduate programme to get the most out of your graduates

David Palmer, UK Research Manager, Trendence

 10:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Panel Discussion

  • Apprenticeships vs Graduates – impact of the apprenticeship levy and how to rationalise the investment
  • Measuring the impact of graduates on business goals
  • Key factors to ensure success of graduate programmes

Francesca Parkinson, Head of Marketing, Milkround


 11:15 Refreshments and networking
 11:35 Are you ready for the challenge?  Tackling Graduate Recruitment Head-on

  • The fit challenge – Does your process match your organisational requirements?
  • The EVP challenge – How are you showcasing your brand and engaging your candidates?
  • The risk challenge – Are you minimising selection risk with robust assessments?
  • The potential challenge – Do your hired graduates have leadership potential: or event need to?

Alastair Frater, Business Pscyhologist, Saville Assessment

Ami Varden, Commercial Consultant, Saville Assessment

12:00 Current and future trends in graduate talent acquisition and development 

  • What is new in the world of early stage talent acquisition and development?
  • How can you make sense of all this and make good decisions about what will deliver return on investment?
  • What are global, leading, innovative organisations doing in this space?

Howard Grosvenor, Director of Professional Services, cut-e

12:25 Authenticity for Better Assessment

  • Understand the concept of authenticity and how to build into assessment and recruitment solutions
  • The impact that authenticity and story-telling can have upon candidate experience and employer brand
  • Introduction to the recruitment technologies supporting authentic assessment solutions

Nick Garcea, Chief Customer Officer, Capp

Jamie Betts, Head of Recruitment Solutions, Capp

12:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 13:00 Lunch and networking
 14:00 Recruiting the lawyers of 2020 and beyond – the importance of early engagement programmes in law

  • The importance of early engagement to raising awareness of careers in law and delivering a diverse pipeline
  • Creating a winning internship programme to ensure high conversion rates into graduate roles
  • Utilising early engagement programmes to support your talent acquisition and development agenda

Sarah Cockburn, Senior Graduate Recruitment Manager, Allen & Overy LLP

14:00 Building a Gen Z pipeline in a baby boomer business

  • Our vision for Early careers and why this is important
  • Key challenges to deliver this for HR and the baby boomers in the business
  • The selection and development priorities for the AWE Graduate Programme
  • Overview of the progress and learnings from the delivery of the AWE Graduate Programme

Victoria Butt, Organisational Capability Manager, AWE

 14:25 Social mobility, diversity and inclusion

  • Understanding diversity and its impact on how diverse groups engage
  • The value and impact of a diverse graduate talent pool on your business
  • The value of diversity and inclusion to your brand

Phil Wilson, Fast Stream Chief Psychologist and Assessor, Civil Service Human Resources

 14:25 Managing a global graduate recruitment strategy in the current VUCA climate

  • Navigating through the complexities of setting up the frameworks and systems
  • Building connections with international universities and institutions
  • Managing cultural differences and values to create a collaborative graduate cohort

Tapuwa Mtutu, Talent Acquisition and Campus Hiring Specialist UKI, Dell EMC

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Knowledge share networking sessionRoundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to your graduate recruitment challenges.
 15:45 Linking it all together: building a coherent talent strategy through early engagement

  • Connecting early identification programmes with more established graduate schemes
  • Exploring internships, work experience, open days and apprenticeships
  • Measuring and monitoring the performance of your programmes and determining the success of your overall Talent Strategy

Benjamin Jackson, Head of Student Recruitment, Deloitte

16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference



CHAIR – Jane Campbell, Head of Student Careers, University of Leeds

Jane Campbell is the Head of Student Careers at the University of Leeds, a post she has held for the last two and a half years. She is a careers guidance professional with over 25 years’ experience in various sectors including higher education, further education, adult education and schools.

She spent over 20 years working with young people latterly as a director of a company providing careers information, advice and guidance to 13-25 year olds in Bradford. Before moving to her current post Jane worked for the Open University managing student services in the Leeds office. Since becoming Head of Student Careers in Leeds, Jane has led on developing faculty based teams, a new set of KPIs for employability and student mentoring.

She is currently working with local employers to encourage students to think about the opportunities available in the region after graduation.

Jane Clark – Director, Group Head of Graduate Resourcing and Development, Barclays

Jane is the Group Head of Graduate Resourcing and Development at Barclays. She is responsible for driving strategic plans to attract, develop and retain best-in-class junior talent. This involves developing and driving change in specific objectives to include candidate relationship management, strategy development, workforce planning, talent management, employer brand strategies and diversity.

Jane has spent the last twenty years working in a variety of roles within the global investment banking industry with companies such as Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lymch. Jane is a member of Universum’s Global Advisory Board, a member of the Employer Advisory Board for the University of Birmingham, a member of the Sutton Trust’s Education Advisory group and was recently appointed onto the Board of  First Story.

Benjamin Jackson, Head of Student Recruitment, Deloitte

Benjamin has worked in recruitment for 17 years with a broad mix of in-house (Motorola, Hays, Capita, Service Innovation Group) and RPO experience. He was a board director of one of the UK’s leading student recruitment outsourcing businesses for six years, before setting up his own consultancy business, TalentPunk, in 2014.

He has helped more than 40 businesses set up, run and optimise their student recruitment functions, and is currently Interim Head of Student Recruitment for Deloitte, where his team is responsible for hiring more than 1,800 students and graduates every year for multiple programmes across the UK.

Benjamin is a self confessed data geek and is a regular trainer at Symposium training days.

Tapuwa Mtutu, Talent Acquisition and Campus Hiring Specialist, Dell

Tapuwa Mtutu has been with Dell EMC for 4 and a half years, where she came to head up the Graduate Recruiting function in EMEA. This included launching Dell EMC’s brand at target universities across EMEA and bringing the international graduate schemes into the region.

The role included developing and executing the campus recruiting strategy for 23 countries in EMEA by partnering with Dell EMC’s USA based programme office. The Dell EMC campus brand has evolved over the year and Dell EMC has now been included in the Top Companies for Graduate to Work at.

Tapuwa is from Zimbabwe and studied at the University of Cape Town. She has nearly 12 years of international graduate recruiting experience with specialities in EMEA and the emerging markets.

Howard Grosvenor, Director of Professional Services, cut-e.

Howard Grosvenor is the Director of Professional Services for cut-e . He develops the infrastructure for a skilled, pragmatic and professional consulting team, ensuring projects are delivered to the highest standards of professional practice. Some of his recent projects include: the design and implementation of an online assessment process for a national retail group, including an evaluation of the return on investment of using assessment tools; a business research project to understand key drivers of sales success in a pan-European technology company; assessment process design for a national property development and investment company; and the re-accreditation of cut-e client training packages to new European professional standards.

David Palmer, UK Research Manager, Trendence UK 

David Palmer is the UK Research Manager at Trendence UK, a specialist market research company that focuses on helping organisations to effectively reach and recruit university and school students. Prior to joining Trendence UK in 2013, David read English at Exeter College, Oxford.

Ami Varden, Commercial Consultant, Saville Assessment

Prior to joining Saville Assessment, Ami spent two years working in the graduate recruitment space. In her role as Commercial Consultant, Ami combines her client side recruitment experience with a strong business psychology background to work with clients and create the best possible assessment solutions.

Ami has previously presented at AGR events sharing case studies on how graduate recruiters are packaging the perfect assessment process and engaging with a tech-savvy generation.

In her current role Ami’s focus is around managing the transition of new relationships with clients across the private and public sector, understanding their requirements and developing solutions which transform how they hire, build and lead their talent.

Alastair Frater, Business Psychologist, Saville Asessment

Alastair is a Business Psychologist with Saville Assessment, helping organisations recruit and develop top talent.

Alastair works with a number of clients on their graduate recruitment programmes including Thales, Johnson & Johnson, Fujitsu and Dyson. Alastair uses his consultative approach to promote best practice and ensure the assessment solutions used add real value to selection decisions. With his graduate clients, Alastair has seen impressive metrics including accelerating time to hire, reducing assessment centre drop out and increasing successful hires by 50%.

Alastair is passionate about empowering clients and working collaboratively to create bespoke packages including Situational Judgement Tests, assessment centre materials and interview guides to exceed client expectations.

Nicky Garcea, Co-Founding Director, Chief Customer Officer, Capp

Nicky co-founded Capp along with Alex Linley in 2005. Along with her Board members, she helps to lead the Capp business to deliver on its vision of matching the world to its perfect job. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist by background. Her role at Capp for the last 10 years has been to ensure Capp delivers on its clients promises, that accounts grow and that customers are delighted.

Nicky has helped to grow the Capp business and in particular nurture existing Capp clients. Accounts that she has helped to support and work with over the years include Barclays Bank, EY, Capgemini, Lidl, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank and Thomson Reuters. Nicky’s passion is taking client feedback and building it into Capp’s product roadmap, so that they take to market products and solutions that are innovative but meet client needs exactly.

Jamie Betts. Head of Recruitment Solutions, Virtual Reality Assessment Lead, Capp

Jamie joined Capp in 2012. His current role is Head of Recruitment Solutions which involves working with a wide range of clients to help design and develop bespoke strengths-based assessment solutions. He has worked with a wide range of clients across multiple sectors including Lloyds Banking Group, AB Inbev and Microsoft. Jamie has a passion for innovation and his most recent work has been to lead the research and development of the world’s first virtual reality assessment platform – the Capp VR Assessment Lab.

Victoria Butt, HR Professional, Atomic Weapons Establishment 

Victoria is an HR professional with OD and Talent expertise across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, logistics, retail / wholesale, service, oil, gas, utilities and defence. She is particularly interested in how technology can help organisations transform the way they manage and support their people.

Victoria is currently supporting the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) to develop a company-wide Early Careers Programmes and create strategies and solutions to develop and retain ‘top talent’ and promote Diversity and Inclusion.

Francesca Parkinson, Head of Marketing, Milkround 

Francesca is Head of Marketing at Milkround, the UK’s most widely used student and graduate job website. As a member of the senior management team, Francesca is responsible for defining the effective and measurable implementation of a fully integrated marketing strategy across Milround and Milkround School Leavers B2B and B2C.




cut-e is a world leader in the design and implementation of online psychometric assessments and related talent solutions.

Assessing over 7 million people per year with tools in 40 languages and offices in 33 countries around the world cut-e helps many of the world’s most successful organisations to select and develop the best talent. Organisations such as Dell, Emirates, Rolls Royce, Aer Lingus, O2 Telefonica and Burger King all trust cut-e to help them hire and develop the best people for their organisations.

GTI Recruiting Solutions

GTI Recruiting Solutions

GTI Recruiting Solutions is one of the world’s leading student and graduate outsourcing recruitment specialists.

We bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to our clients’ campaigns, allowing them to recruit the best fit talent for their organisations. We focus on building long standing relationships with a small number of clients, achieved only by delivering proven, measurable results providing real benefits to all stakeholders within their businesses.

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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.

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Using their pioneering strengths-based assessment techniques and recruitment solutions, organisations around the world are hiring candidates that are a perfect fit for their business – seeing new hires settle in quicker, perform better in their roles and be more productive over time.

Their early career solutions from attraction through to induction have helped organisations including EY, Nestle, BT and Lloyds Banking Group attract, select, develop and retain the very best candidates.


Saville Assessment, a Willis Towers Watson Company

Saville Assessment’s leading-edge solutions ensure graduate recruiters achieve results. Identifying graduates with the highest potential and best fit, clients enjoy industry-leading engagement rates, savings in screening costs and a decreased dropout rate.

Balancing technology, innovation and candidate experience, at the heart of their assessments is a guarantee to objectively and fairly identify the right people for the right roles with solutions that add real value to selection decisions.Their pioneering Situational Judgement Tests, Aptitude Assessments and Behavioural Screening Questionnaires are used by clients including Dyson, Thales, Johnson & Johnson and Jaguar Land Rover who book with Saville to transform their assessment process and lead the way in graduate talent.


TheJobCrowd: Recognition, Promotion, Insight

TheJobCrowd is a multimedia community for early careers.

They proudly host the annual Early Career Top Companies Ranking, based on thousands of anonymous company reviews.

They offer employers:

  • The ability to gain recognition for their efforts and successes, when supporting and nurturing their early career employees.
  • The chance to promote their successes and opportunities to the right candidates
  • Insightful reports that detail how programmes can be improved within organisations, compared to industries and the national early career community.


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