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InterContinental Hotel – London 02

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1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula
London, SE10 0TW

InterContinental Hotel – London, 02


The 11th 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

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors



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.


TARGETrecruit, part of Group GTI, is one of the world's leading early careers outsourcing recruitment specialists. They are passionate about early careers recruitment and are fully embedded in the early careers market - and it shows in their results. They bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to their clients' campaigns, allowing them to recruit the highest calibre talent for their apprentice, school leaver and graduate opportunities. Some of TARGETrecruit's clients outsource their complete early careers recruitment campaigns to them, while others use them to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process such as marketing and attraction, application screening, telephone and video interviewing, candidate managements, and assessment centre design.


Milkround logo


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.


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.



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 - Paul Blackmore, Head of Student Employment, University of Exeter

New frontiers in talent assessment

  • The latest developments in the innovations for assessing talent in your organisation
  • To what extent technology will impact businesses in the future
  • How the roles of recruiters will change in the future of talent assessment



Case Study: How to factor in diversity and inclusion in to your graduate schemes

The Lloyd's commitment was to reflect the diversity of their customer base and the communities they support more closely

  • Find out how Lloyd's Banking Group exceeded the industry norm on key diversity metrics from both an application and offer perspective
  • Discover how Lloyd's have ensured they have no adverse impact in assessment and selection processes
  • Why factoring in diversity is so important

Samantha Wainwright, Lead Recruitment Manager, Emerging Talent Programmes, Lloyds Banking Group


Questions and discussion with speakers


Panel: How to improve your social media offering to attract more graduates

  • Does your employer branding affect your graduate scheme success?
  • What tools can you use to help make your proposition more in demand
  • How to do it effectively, on a low budget and with limited resources

TBC, Milkround

James Mehmed, Organisational Development Lead, Suffolk County Council

 11:10 Refreshments and networking

Case Study: The gamification of recruitment

  • How gamification facilitates more rapid engagement
  • How gamification helps you to move more quickly through your hiring process and engage with talent in your pipeline
  • How gamification forms part of your data analysis for measuring candidate capability

Sarah Harte, Graduate Talent Manager, Taylor Wessing


Content to be announced soon!

Saville Assessment

12:20 Questions and discussion with speaker
 12:30 Lunch and networking

Marketing Insights: Current and future trends in graduate recruitment

  • Research results from 60,000 graduate insights about what they are looking for in their early careers
  • The perception of degree apprenticeships and the future of graduate schemes as a result
  • An employer case study on seeking diverse candidates and how successful that has been to their business



STREAM A - Case Study: Employer branding is key - from attraction to retention

  • How NFU Mutual changed their proposition to allow them to get the right candidates at the application stage
  • How to use social media to spread your message
  • How NFU Mutual created a programme that retains talent throughout the recruitment process and beyond

Aileen Cowler, Learning & Development Specialist, NFU Mutual


STREAM B - Innovating your graduate offer all year round

  • How to build your offer from the beginning and make it scalable
  • How to make sure the graduates are at the centre of your offer and are dealt with in the same way whether they are successful or not
  • Innovating your assessment processes to get the best out of your candidates

Catherine Stoneham, Head of HR, Explore Learning


STREAM A - Lead with values: from onboarding to development

  • How to onboard the right candidates using values based methods
  • How to create bespoke training plans tailored around the 'whole' person
  • Developing the leaders of the future, with a capability based approach

Jessica Farley, Talent Development Manager, Coventry Building Society


STREAM B - 'Joining up the dots' - a collaborative approach to growing future public sector leaders

Discover how Suffolk County Council:

  • Developed a collaborative graduate programme comprising of eight partners
  • Experimented and embraced technology in attraction and assessment
  • Support the graduates to experience a system perspective on public service delivery

James Mehmed, Organisational Development Lead, Suffolk County Council

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking

Panel discussion - The challenges of selection criteria: does academic success yield the best results?

  • Majority of graduate schemes are aimed at 2:1 achieving students, or graduates from highly ranked universities
  • Discussion around the successes and the challenges the panel has experienced when it comes to selection criteria and how they developed their schemes to get the best candidates
  • Does passion play a part? If the student chose the wrong degree, does it reduce their chances of workplace success?

Samantha Wainwright, Lead Recruitment Manager, Emerging Talent Programmes, Lloyds Banking Group

Catherine Stoneham, Head of HR, Explore Learning

Laura Nielsen, Head of Early Careers - Acquisition and GRaduate Development, Thales


Global Graduate Development

Stacey Turner, Talent Development Manager, Early Careers, Dyson

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

Speakers to be announced soon!

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