There are two main types of awards: the student panel awards and the sector awards. Every single award within these two categories is voted on and determined exclusively by students, a fact that makes our graduate recruitment awards event unlike any other. In addition, there's also the AGCAS award and the graduate employer of the year award – for the outstanding employer of the year.
Entering the student panel awards
- The criteria for each award and details on the judging can be found here in late 2017, when entries are open.
- To enter you should first complete the booking form here.
The student panel awards – judged at The Guardian HQ by students
This year we have made a number of changes to the categories and judging criteria for the student panel awards.
There are twelve student panel Awards:
- Best social mobility strategy
- Apprentice of the year
- Best school leaver programme
- Best diversity strategy
- Best innovation in recruitment
- Best work experience programme
- Best student marketing campaign <50
- Best student marketing campaign >50
- Best use of social media
- Rising star
- Best graduate website
- Best on-boarding experience
The sector awards – voted for by students
The winner of each award is determined by an online student poll conducted by our research partner ‘trendence’ and we have captured 62,814 student votes in 2017. All shortlisted organisations are also eligible to enter for the graduate employer of the year award. These awards recognise the most popular graduate recruiters in the following fifteen categories:
- Accounting and financial management
- Banking, insurance and financial services
- Construction, civil engineering and surveying
- Consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing
- Energy and utilities
- Engineering, design and manufacture
- Hospitality, leisure and tourism
- Investment banking and investment
- IT & technology
- Law – solicitors
- Logistics, transport and supply chain
- Public sector
- Scientific research and development
The best university employability strategy
This award celebrates the achievements being made by higher education institutions to ensure that their undergraduates are best equipped to achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment.
Who is eligible to enter?
All higher education institutions in the UK can apply to enter the award, and we are particularly interested in hearing from careers services. You should enter if you are invested in providing your undergraduate students with a broad range of skills beyond academic achievement so that they leave university with the best chance of future success.
How are the awards judged?
Your award entry will be reviewed and judged independently by 20 graduate employers. The judges’ decision will be final. A shortlist of up to 10 entries will be released in early 2018 and the winner will be announced at the TARGETjobs Awards ceremony in March 2018.
What are the judging criteria?
The judging criteria for this award are found here. Please follow the criteria, as these will directly correspond to the points awarded by the student judges. Please do not exceed the stated word count for each criteria.
How do I submit an entry/entries?
The AGCAS award – voted for by careers and employability professionals
The AGCAS award for careers service engagement focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services. Voted for by careers and employability professionals, the award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services’ work with students and graduates.
The graduate employer of the year award
The climax of the evening is always the ‘graduate employer of the year award'. Importantly, this prestigious award is ONLY open to shortlisted organisations, and is simple and at no cost!
You only need to do TWO things:
- One – complete a short online application form (available after the shortlists are announced in February 2018).
- Two – ask at least 6 recent graduate hires to provide a report on how well you have fulfilled your recruitment promise.
The closing deadline will be in early March 2018.