Graduate Recruitment and Development Forum 2016 – Webinars


Many employers are changing their approach to recruitment and development to ensure they stand out in the market and are able to recruit work ready grads.

The conference was an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors, giving those responsible for hiring and developing graduates a chance to uncover the strategic and practical elements of implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme.

This product is a streamed audio file and slide presentations from the conference.

Seventeen sessions recorded live at the event.


Type: Presentation recorded at conference
Format: Clickable slide presentations plus streamed audio file only
Duration: 17 sessions – varying lengths

Where to find the presentations

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Attract and retain future talent

Graduate Recruitment and Development ForumA recent CIPD report has highlighted the mismatch in graduate skills due to the growth in graduate numbers. However as graduate vacancies continue to rise employers are still facing fierce competition to attract, recruit and retain the brightest graduate talent with the skills to take their organisations forward.

Many employers are changing their approach to recruitment and development to ensure they stand out in the market and are able to recruit work ready grads.

The conference was an opportunity to share best practice strategies with industry leaders across the sectors, giving those responsible for hiring and developing graduates a chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing a successful and innovative graduate programme.

The Event Programme:

Sessions from this conference available in the webinar include:

Session 01: Chair’s opening remarks

Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

Session 02: Balancing the mismatch between skills and qualifications

  • Examining the big, mega trends in graduate employment
  • Thinking about difference routes into employment
  • Looking at  Government data on graduate leavers

Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD

Session 03: Engaging with a new, tech savvy generation

  • What motivates the new generation?
  • Engaging graduates through technology
  • Innovating in the recruitment process
  • Attraction beyond the initial attraction – how best to attract and engage throughout the whole selection process

Alastair Frater, Business Development Manager, Saville Consulting

Session 04: Questions and discussion with speakers

Session 05:

The latest strategies in social media and new technology

  • Engaging candidates through social media
  • New social media channels
  • Embedding with different technologies e.g. social video and mobile
  • Getting the content right for your organisation
  • Ensuring you stand out for the right reasons

Rob Farace, Senior Programme Lead, Resourcing, NHS Leadership Academy

Session 06: Questions and discussion with speakers

Session 07:

Ensuring your graduates are reaching their full potential throughout the programme

  • Innovating in graduate development
  • Building the competencies you need; innovation, entrepreneurial & leadership skills
  • Measuring and assessing for future potential

Alexandra Bennet, Graduate Talent Manager, L’Oreal UK & Ireland

Session 08: Maximising social mobility through attraction and selection strategies

  • Managing outreach activities
  • Tools and approaches for diversity
  • Using the right selection and assessment strategies
  • leveraging mentoring, internships and apprenticeships

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

 Session 09: Questions and discussion with speakers

Session 10: Preparing graduates for work

  • Ensuring graduate are work ready when they join you
  • Do your recruits have the right mind-set and behaviours for your organisation?

Julie Broad, Company Graduate Development Manager and Gaynor Nutty, Early Career Recruitment Manager, Rolls-Royce plc

Session 11: Standing apart in a competitive market

  • Innovating and looking at new opportunities for attraction
  • Changing perceptions of your organisation to attract a wider range of skills
  • Managing the candidate experience
  • Candidate journey from attraction and to selection

Rob Fryer, Head of Student Recruitment, Deloitte

Session 12: Questions and discussion with speakers
Session 13: Developing a graduate brand proposition

Alision Heron, Global University Relations Director, GSK

Session 14: Mind the Gap – development in the modern age and the challenges of engaging and retaining millennials

  • Talking their language – how to make your voice heard in a noisy room
  • How to get graduates ‘work ready’, and quickly!
  • Rethinking the graduate programme structure
  • Keeping them engaged – combatting the ‘two year itch’

Hannah Harrison, Director, GTI Recruiting Solutions

Session 15: Leading the change from traditional graduate recruitment

Emma Judge, Head of Student Recruitment, Ernst & Young and Helen Dovey, CPsychol, Head of Assessment and Consulting, Capp & Co Ltd

Session 16: Questions and discussion with speakers
Session 17: Panel discussion – Working with universities

  • Understanding changes in higher education
  • Partnering for better employability
  • Eliminating unconscious bias in the recruitment process
  • Future changes and challenges to effect graduate recruitment

Panelists include:

  • Bob Athwal, Director of Student Experience, University of Leicester
  • Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP
  • Jonathan Walpole, Senior Client Partner,  Talent Q

Selected speakers biographies:

Gordon Chesterman Gordon Chesterman, Director of Careers, University of Cambridge

Gordon Chesterman 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.

Ben Willmott 150x150 Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD

Ben leads the CIPD’s Public Policy team, which works to inform and shape debate, government policy and legislation in order to enable higher performance at work and better pathways into work for those seeking employment. His particular research and policy areas of interest include employment relations, employee engagement and wellbeing, absence and stress management, and leadership and management capability.

Ben joined the CIPD in 2003. He started his career in regional journalism and prior to joining the CIPD was news editor and employment law editor at Personnel Today magazine.

Alistair Frater 150x150 Alastair Frater, Business Development Manager, Saville Consulting

Alastair is Business Development Manager at Saville Consulting, he manages a number of the business’ key accounts, including Thales, Prudential, Fujitsu, National Air Traffic Services, Capita and easyJet.

As a Business Psychologist, Alastair uses his consultative approach with clients and prospects to promote best practice in organisational selection and assessment. Alastair is passionate about empowering clients, building bespoke solutions to exceed client needs. Recent projects include aligning the Saville Consulting suite of assessment tools to organisational competency models, developing and implementing assessment centre materials for graduate selection programmes and embedding a variety of tools within a major corporation to facilitate selection at all levels of recruitment, from apprentices to board level. The nature of Alastair’s role requires that he is adept in the full range of the Saville Consulting portfolio of services, particularly psychometric assessments (for screening, selecting and developing talent), tailored training courses and psychometric consultancy services.

Rob Farace - to use 150x150 Rob Farace, Senior Programme Lead, Resourcing, NHS Leadership Academy

Rob Farace has worked in HR for over twenty years and has specialised in resourcing, with a particular focus on graduate schemes. In his current role, he is responsible for recruitment to the NHS Leadership Academy Programmes – including the award-winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and the Aspiring CEO Programme.

Rob started his career with the London Borough of Barnet before moving to the Children’s Society and later to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, where he set up their graduate scheme. He subsequently played a key role in the biggest charity merger which created Cancer Research UK. At CR-UK Rob went onto to set up the resourcing function for the new organisation which included the introduction of several graduate & PhD training schemes, recruiting the board for the new organisation and helping set up a new research facility in Cambridge.

Rob has a variety of roles in addition to his day job including being a Board of Director for the Association of Graduate Recruiters and Charity Works (a unique Graduate Development Programme for the charity sector) and is a member of the Bright Futures Society Advisory Board and the CIPD Resourcing Steering Committee.

Alex Bennett 150x150 Alexandra Bennet, Graduate Talent Manager, L’Oreal UK & Ireland

Alex joined L’Oréal from Bath University as an intern in 2011 working within the Graduate Recruitment space and was subsequently appointed to the permanent role coordinating graduate activities. After a short spell outside of the Company at the BBC in 2014 Alex returned to L’Oreal as the HR Officer within the HR Retail team working with the Beauty Consultants and field teams. Alex has recently been appointed as the Graduate Talent Manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the graduate arena, an expertise in assessing graduate talent and the passion to drive a creative programme of activities with a social and digital steer.

Phil Wilson 150x150 Phil Wilson, Fast Stream Chief Assessor and Chief Psychologist, Civil Service

Phil focuses on the design, diversity and evaluation of Fast Stream – the graduate talent management programme for the Civil Service. He also oversees the award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme, the Early Diversity Internship Programme, Autism Internship Programme and Intern Coaching Programme and many other positive action and outreach activities. 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.

Julie Broad 150x150 Julie Broad, Company Graduate Development Manager, Rolls-Royce plc

Julie is a Fellow of the CIPD, she graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Psychology and Educational studies and has always had a keen interest in Employee Development.

Having held a number of line Human Resources and Employee Development roles within the rail industry and Rolls-Royce, Julie has returned fully to her first love of graduate development and is currently the Rolls-Royce Global Company Graduate Development Manager.

Julie has over 15 years experience of graduate recruitment, development and Talent Management for a number of functional programmes.

Julie is responsible for the development globally of approx 350 graduates a year. She is responsible for developing the strategy for development and post programme placement in close partnership with the business and function stakeholders. Julie manages the implementation of this strategy through a global team of development consultants.

board-alison-heron Alison Heron, Global University Relations Director, GSK

Alison has almost twenty years’ experience of the graduate recruitment industry and has worked on the supplier side as well as the employer side. In that time, her roles have given her experience of all aspects of recruitment from attraction through to assessment.

She spent 10 years working on a huge variety of recruitment campaigns for Flag, a design and communications agency. In 2005, Alison joined KPMG to lead the recruitment marketing team and was responsible for both graduate and experienced hire marketing working on everything from websites to campus sessions, from employee referral programmes to virtual events. Two years later she became increasingly involved in recruitment marketing for firms across the EMA region.

In 2010 her role expanded to include the graduate recruitment operations team. With the introduction of a range of school leaver programmes a year later, Alison played a key role in bringing recruitment, marketing and CSR together to demonstrate KPMG’s commitment to widening participation to the profession.

Alison joined GSK as Global University Relations Director in 2014.

Alison has been involved in the AGR in a number of different ways over the years including the Education & Training Task group, the conference planning team, and presenting on AGR workshops and courses.

Hannah Harrison 150x150 Hannah Harrison, Director, GTI Recruiting Solutions

Hannah is responsible for the delivery of global recruitment campaigns for leading graduate brands across a wide variety of sectors. Hannah previously worked for GTI as an account manager from 2003-2007 before taking up a role leading Graduate Recruitment at the Financial Services Authority (FSA). During her five years at the regulator 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. She also spent 12 months leading the experienced hires recruitment team. Hannah led a full selection review and redesign at the FSA which resulted in them winning the AGR Selection and Assessment Award in 2008 and has presented at a number of seminars on recruitment best practice. In 2012 Hannah re-joined GTI who are a world leader in graduate recruitment with businesses in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia and China. During 27 years of specialising in graduate recruitment GTI have developed a worldwide network of university career services and departments, student and alumni societies, as well as graduate marketing channels. Many of the clients GTI work with draw on their global expertise to reach graduates they would find it impossible to attract without GTI Recruiting Solutions.


Rob Fryer 150x150 Rob Fryer, Head of Student Recruitment, Deloitte

Rob has over 15 years experience working in recruitment across banking, manufacturing and professional services and has  spent the last 5 years as Head of Student Recruitment at Deloitte.

Rob has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Association of Graduate Recruiters and Leicester University Careers Advisory service.

Jonathan Walpole 150x150 Jonathan Walpole, Senior Client Partner, Talent Q

In Jonathan’s role as Senior Client Partner, he develops and manages client relationships, helping them to make better informed people recruitment and development decisions, as part of their overall talent management strategy, through the use of a variety of assessment tools.

Jonathan has worked with a number of sectors, including working with Higher Education Institutions to improve the student transition from academia into the workplace through the development of core employability skills. An area of focus for Jonathan is the graduate recruitment and selection process, using his knowledge of the graduate market to support clients in delivering best practice as part of their overall employee value proposition (EVP).


Emma - 150x150 Emma Judge, Head of Student Recruitment, EY

Emma has specialised in student recruitment and development for 17 years.  She is currently Head of Student Recruitment at EY, one of the largest student recruiters in the UK. Emma started her career at EY where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  After an internal secondment to Student Recruitment and time managing the National Exam Training team, Emma became Head of Student Recruitment in 2005.She was responsible for new initiatives such as the ‘EY Degree’ and the firm’s transition to Strengths Based Recruitment which itself paved the way for more recent innovations. In 2010 Emma become Head of UK Student Recruitment at BP. During this time, she worked with the team to transform their selection process and student engagement strategy. BP rose to their highest ever ranking in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and won the Times Top 100 Best Engineering Recruiter award. Emma is now an independent Graduate Recruitment and Development Consultant working with a variety of public and private sector clients.

Bob Athwal 150x150 Bob Athwal, Director of Student Experience, University of Leicester

Bob has a first degree in Mathematical Modelling as well as an Executive MBA and began his career as Students Union President. After this Bob worked for companies such as Tesco, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and

In 2006, he joined RWE npower as Head of Graduate Schemes responsible for both recruitment and development of graduates, and during his last 18 months was the HR Business Partner to the CEO and CFO direct reports. During the 5 1/2 years at RWE npower, Bob and his team transformed the npower brand into one of the most dynamic, visible and successful brands in graduate recruitment and development. In 2008 RWE npower won both awards that year for Innovation on Campus for the much acclaimed “npower energy challenge”.

Bob is recognised as an industry expert, a regular International conference speaker, as well as a former Board member of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). In 2011 ‘Getting it Right’, of which he is a co-author, was published, this is the first book in the UK aimed at graduate recruiters and developers.

In 2012 Bob joined the University of Leicester to become the Director of the Career Development Service to lead a step change in University and employer collaboration. In 2014 Bob was promoted to Director of Student Experience.

Samantha Hope 150x150 Samantha Hope, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Shoosmiths LLP

Samantha Hope is the Graduate Recruitment Manager at Shoosmiths, which is the fastest growing national law firm in the UK. Samantha is responsible for managing the entire process of resourcing and developing trainee solicitors from initial attraction to qualification. This involves coordinating internships and training contracts across the firm’s 10 office locations from Southampton to Edinburgh.

Samantha possesses an in-depth knowledge and interest in the use of digital media for recruitment and marketing. She manages events internally, on campus and digitally to develop and assess the skills of future trainee solicitors.

She is a keen speaker and writer about social recruiting, digital engagement and widening access to a career in law.


Helen Dovey 150x150 .

Helen Dovey, CPsychol, Head of Assesment and Consulting, Capp&Co Ltd

Helen leads the Assessment business, overseeing the company’s assessment strategy and implementation. She also leads the Consulting business at Capp, ensuring the high standard of delivery across our assessment clients. A chartered psychologist, she is an experienced statistician with particular expertise in psychometric development and strengths-based solutions. Helen is particularly passionate about evaluating the robustness of psychometric solutions, ensuring our innovative products support diversity, fairness and stand up to statistical scrutiny. She has a wide portfolio of assessment clients, including experienced hire, graduate and apprentice across a range of sectors, who are regularly recognised for their innovative and high-quality assessment solutions. She has published in practitioner journals including Assessment and Development Matters as well as international journals, including Psychology of Wellbeing on her work in strengths-based interventions.

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