We wouldn't be able to put on much of a show without our sponsors. They all have a real passion for exceptional graduate recruitment – read their stories here.
Our media partner – The Guardian
The Guardian is proud to have been media partner for the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards for the last 5 years.
Each year, the awards go from strength to strength, and it’s a real opportunity for those working in the Graduate Recruitment sector, alongside suppliers and agencies, to really celebrate all the great work that goes on.
From our point of view the partnership we have with GTI for the awards demonstrates our collective commitment to the graduate sector. Media coverage of graduate employment has been less than positive in recent years, but events like this go against the grain and highlight some of the truly inspiring work that goes on across the UK in hiring the best and brightest talent - its this good news story that we feature each year, both in print and online, and we are delighted to do so!
Our founder sponsor – Teach First
‘Teach First is a charity working to end educational inequality. We believe inspirational teaching and leadership is key to helping every child succeed, regardless of their background. Since 2002 over 7000 graduates have joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in schools across England and Wales and helped change the lives of thousands of young people in low-income communities.
The LDP is a personalised programme encompassing high-quality training, supportive coaching, work experience and a PGCE qualification. The skills and experience gained can be taken forward into any career. That’s why many businesses recognise our programme’s ability to effect change and develop leaders for the future. Put simply, they know that graduates who can engage, stimulate and inspire in the classroom can handle pretty much any situation in any organisation.
As founding sponsors we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our theory of change and celebrate best practice with our colleagues in the Graduate Recruitment Industry’
James Darley, Graduate Recruitment Director, Teach First
Our research partner – trendence UK
trendence is the UK’s leading employment research institute, with over 70,000 students participating in the annual graduate research project.
With respondents from 126 universities, the trendence Graduate Study is the most comprehensive study into the employer perceptions, job expectations and career aspirations of the UK’s university students.
The research includes detailed information on students by year of study, gender, ethnicity, social profile, nationality, linguistic ability, university attended and more – plus information on over 480 UK employers.
trendence research is used by organisations to review, re-evaluate and refocus their graduate recruitment strategies. This data is the source of the sector awards at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.The trendence Graduate Study also sits behind The Guardian UK 300 rankings, with 100,000 copies distributed to the UK’s top universities every year.
Sponsoring the best university employability strategy award
Every organisation needs accountants. We're the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body committed to helping people with ability realise their ambitions and in-turn making businesses thrive.
With more than 198,000 fully qualified members and 486,000 students worldwide – our diverse network of talent are leaders of FTSE 100 companies, and future finance directors and entrepreneurs. What’s more, as a trusted and global organisation with over a hundred years of experience, companies like yours know and trust our ability to connect them with the best talent from school leavers to interns and graduates who are ready and willing to make an impact on the way they do business.
In this we recognise how important it is for students to have the employability skills to hit the ground running, and to create innovative, strategic-thinking accountants our fast-changing world needs. This is why we continuously work with our broad network of schools, universities and other influencers within the education sector to help develop the skills your business needs in modern day finance professionals.
We are proud to sponsor the Best University Employability Strategy Award and are excited to see the steps being made to help students achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment.
For more information on how we can help you identify and develop potential visit: accaglobal.com/employer
Sponsoring the AGCAS award for careers service engagement
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) is the professional body for careers and employability professionals working with students and graduates in higher education and prospective entrants to HE. The AGCAS membership currently comprises 150 member services and over 2,500 individuals. Our members are based mainly, though not exclusively, in the UK and Ireland. AGCAS also has over 50 members overseas, with representation in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Slovenia and the USA. AGCAS members are passionate about career development and offer expertise in employability. We are very proud to sponsor the AGCAS award for careers service engagement. We invite HE careers services to nominate an employer with whom they work collaboratively to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow them to enter, thrive in, and gain satisfaction from the world of work. This award recognises and promotes the important contribution many employers make to the work of careers services.
AGCAS can help employers raise their profile and network with careers and employability professionals:
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in logistics, transport and supply chain award
Blackbridge Communications is a specialist people communications agency that creates, and delivers, all types of messages to existing, and potential, employees.
We work with leading organisations such as Thomas Cook, E.ON, Clifford Chance and Vodafone and we’re experts at employer brand development, graduate attraction campaigns, internal communications, careers websites and engagement initiatives.
To find out more and have a look at some of our work, please visit: www.blackbridge.co.uk
Sponsoring the best on-boarding experience award
BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies. We serve the needs of customers in the UK and in 180 countries worldwide. Our main activities are the provision of fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and TV products and services as well as networked IT services.
Our purpose is as simple as it is ambitious: to use the power of communications to make a better world.
At BT we don’t offer an ordinary career. We don’t offer run of the mill, routine or commonplace. We prefer to feed creativity – encouraging and empowering our people to contribute to a global communications technology business. We’ve a history that’s been driving innovation for over 170 years, constantly developing and evolving. We’re a business that millions of people rely on every single day to live their lives and run their businesses. Our services and solutions power industry, fuel innovation, deliver information and opinion across the world, and help find something relaxing to watch at the end of a long day.
So, imagine a career with a company that makes all these things happen, as well as many more innovations that we now all take so much for granted. Just imagine changing the world!
Let’s create the future
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in investment banking and investment award
The Strengths Experts.
Using our 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.
Driving efficiencies in screening with our Situational Strengths Test and supporting the early phase of employment with our unique candidate and manager induction solutions, companies large and small are benefitting from recruitment strategies that follow our strengths based approach to talent selection.
Our reasoning tests represent the next movement in ability testing with no adverse impact across gender, ethnicity or social mobility, ensuring that organisations do not lose talented individuals to unfair testing.
Find out more about how strengths can benefit your business at www.capp.co
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in consulting award
CEB is a best practice insight and technology company. In partnership with leading organisations around the globe, we develop innovative solutions to drive corporate performance. CEB equips leaders at more than 10,000 companies with the intelligence to effectively manage talent, customers, and operations. CEB is a trusted partner to 90% of the Fortune 500, nearly 75% of the Dow Jones Asian Titans, and more than 85% of the FTSE 100. More at cebglobal.com.
CEB Talent Assessment™ offerings help organisations assess, select, and develop the right people for the right roles using science-based assessments, benchmark data, technologies, and consultancy services.
Our offerings can be integrated into different stages of the graduate selection processes and include Sift-Out and Select-In Tools, 3D Graduate Talent Simulations, and Graduate Talent Analytics. We also help:
- Prove that your graduate recruitment efforts are getting the right graduates for your organisation before your competitors do
- Reinforce a position as graduate employer of choice and advance the employer engagement process
- Convey a positive candidate experience
- Benchmark your graduate talent and compare them to the wider geographical and industry sector graduate talent pool
- Create a pipeline for leadership talent.
For more information, visit www.cebglobal.com/graduate-hire
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in energy and utilities award
CGI is a global business with 71,000 professionals in hundreds of locations across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe who provide end-to-end IT and business process services that facilitate the ongoing evolution of our clients’ businesses.
With 40 years of experience and continued business growth, we offer financial strength and business rigour to support some of the UK’s biggest and best brands across the commercial and public sectors.
Our teams have experience in delivering award winning programmes in space, defence and national security, central government and the public sector, as well as the commercial sector including financial services, oil and gas, energy and utilities and communications.
We deliver a full spectrum of innovative and adaptable solutions including IT and business consulting, systems integration, application management and development, IP-based solutions, flexible infrastructure services and comprehensive outsourcing services.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in IT & technology award
Colt provides high bandwidth services for enterprises and wholesale in Europe and Asia’s largest business hubs. Customers include 18 of the top 25 bank and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.
Colt customers benefit from our state of the art, unique, cloud-ready, intelligent network. This means connectivity to almost 500 data centres around the globe, with over 24,000 on-net buildings and growing. We employ the best talent globally, so our customers benefit from local expertise. And being owned by Fidelity means Colt is one of the most financially sound in our industry. All of this means Colt provides the best customer experience at a competitive price.
Colt early careers has grown, we have welcomed a new graduate cohort in 2017 across our European offices, in addition our second year global rotations. This three year scheme was well received in the graduate market and we are proud to sponsor the Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in IT & Technology 2018.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in scientific research and development award
cut-e are a world leader in the design and implementation of online tests, questionnaires and systems for use in recruitment, selection and development of people in the business world. We assess over 4 million people per year in more than 70 countries and 40 languages. cut-e have a vast amount of experience helping some of the world's most successful and respected businesses bring the best talent into their organisations. cut-e offer a suite of products which include psychometric assessments, knowledge and skills tests, and online video interviewing.
We are delighted to be a sponsor of this years TARGETjobs Awards.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8133 3361
University of Exeter
Sponsoring the award for the most popular graduate recruiter in construction, civil engineering and surveying
As a leading international and Top 10 university, the employability of our students is a major strategic priority for everyone at Exeter. The huge investment and commitment in embedding career and employability support internal and external to the curriculum continues to impact on the success of our graduates across all sectors of the graduate labour market and related league tables.
These achievements are formally recognised through multiple accolades and national awards including Exeter becoming the first and only University to receive the AGR’s ‘Best of the Best’ Blue Ribbon award.
In the seminal and critically acclaimed paper on the future of higher education “An Avalanche is coming” the authors referred to Exeter’s employability services as “A great example of the future”. Our aim is to build upon this reputation and become the University of choice for employers and career-minded students alike.
If you would like to work with us on developing and recruiting world-class student and graduate talent visit our website to find out more: www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/employers
Sponsoring the apprentice of the year award
Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally and useful, not just for some - for everyone. At Google, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn, succeed and be heard. We know that every employee has something important to say, and that every employee is integral to our success. Googlers thrive in small, focused teams and high-energy environments, believe in the ability of technology to change the world, and are as passionate about their lives as they are about their work. For more information, visit www.google.com/careers.
Hodes (Part of Symphony Talent)
Sponsoring the graduate employer of the year award
Thoughtful, useful creativity. Global, credible expertise. When it comes to recruitment marketing, employer branding, content creation, social media, websites – at Hodes, we know what we’re about. Our experience in the school leaver, graduate and experienced talent markets helps us partner clients across sectors, across countries, and across the FTSE 100.
In the early careers sector, we use our expertise and creative insight to make campaigns, branding, and experiences that capture the essence of each client’s offering. From the legal sector to the cosmetics industry, from aeronautics to consumer goods, we help big and small companies attract the best in graduate talent. That’s why we’re the award-winning creative agency for employers.
To get to know us and find out what we can do for you, visit hodes.co.uk.
Sponsoring the best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) award
HSBC are the World's Leading International Bank.
Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 6,300 offices in 75 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
The HSBC Group Values describe how the Group interacts with each other internally, with customers and with the wider community. All employees are expected to have and reflect Group Values.
The following three statements summarise the Group's Values. HSBC's culture is amongst its signature strengths, it has been and is key to the Group's past and continued success.
Open to different ideas and cultures
Connected with our customers, community and each other
Dependable and doing the right thing
The HSBC Group is committed to the following Business Principles:
- Outstanding customer services
- Effective and efficient operations
- Strong capital and liquidity
- Prudent lending policy
- Strict expense discipline
In the UK HSBC provides over 300 graduate jobs each year in Commercial, Global Banking and Markets, Group Private Banking and Retail Banking, and Wealth Management. We also offer over 190 internship placements to undergraduates. HSBC is committed to developing people to perform to their potential.
Sponsoring the best diversity strategy award
As the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for nearly four decades. Our constellation of 13 satellites supports global connectivity for maritime, aviation, governments and a wide range of businesses from banking to mining who need to communicate where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach.
We are passionate about developing talent and recognise the importance of promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education to young people and run specific programmes to support careers in satellite communications.
Inmarsat is proud to be part of the 2018 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, and, in particular sponsoring the 'Best Diversity Strategy' award category.
Sponsoring the best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year) award
With 32 world-famous brands selling in 130 countries, it’s easy to see why L’Oréal are the world’s No. 1 cosmetics group. Even our brands are household names in their own right. From Ralph Lauren to Diesel; Maybelline to the Body Shop, if there’s a name you love in cosmetics, there’s a good chance it’s ours. That’s because we have the best talent in the business, constantly working to invent and revolutionise the industry.
We believe every day is a new day to explore, start new adventures and lead the change, and that’s reflected in the talent we recruit for our management trainee schemes, industrial placements, summer internships and spring insights. You’ll be inventive and passionate; driven and talented. And we’ll help you do great things with that talent, challenging you to push yourself and hone your skills. Wherever you are and whatever you do, you’ll work on real projects for global brands, and make a palpable impact on our international success story.
Sponsoring the best graduate website award
With a heritage spanning over 150 years, Laing O’Rourke is an internationally-focused engineering enterprise with world-class capabilities. We operate an integrated business model comprising the full range of engineering, construction and asset management services delivering single-source solutions for some of the world's most prestigious public and private organisations.
Committed to a sustainable future, Laing O’Rourke is re-thinking the way the built environment is designed, delivered and operates - collaborating with world-leading industry and academic partners, bringing innovative new solutions, ensuring the most efficient long-term engineering solutions.
University of Leicester
Sponsoring the advancement of social mobility in graduate recruitment award
At the heart of the UK, Leicester is a leading university committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are re-defining the impact a university can have in the 21st century and are proud to be one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s leading universities. We consistently attract high numbers of students from under-represented groups, but our commitment to an inclusive and accessible culture goes much further than providing a first class education. We work with employers and graduate developers to help the brightest talent – regardless of their background – understand, work towards, and access, the most sought after graduate roles. We firmly believe that the greatest impact on social mobility comes through employment. By sponsoring this award we want to celebrate employers that not only share in this vision but, like the University of Leicester, are leading the way to make this happen.
Sponsoring the rising star award
Lidl UK is delighted to be part of the 2018 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards and, in particular, to be associated with the Rising Star Award.
For more than 20 years now, we’ve been working hard to change the British retail landscape, proving beyond a doubt that shoppers can have the very best quality at an incredible price. Today, our brand is endemic up and down the nation. And it’s all down to our people.
We’ve taken a pro-active approach to championing, promoting and supporting talent wherever we find it – meaning you’ll find rising stars at every level in our organisation. With all of our current UK board having joined Lidl as Graduates, we really do recognise, reward and encourage the value and potential of our Graduates.
We are passionate about developing grassroots talent through every stage of their career, from educational achievement through to professional ambition. It’s what has shaped our diverse and committed workforce, and what will ensure we continue to be an agile, quality driven business.
Sponsoring the best use of social media award
Lloyd’s is the world’s only specialist insurance and reinsurance market that offers a unique concentration of expertise and talent, backed by strong financial ratings and international licences. It is often the first to insure new, unusual or complex risks, proving innovative insurance solutions for local, cross border and global risks. Its strength lies in the diversity and expertise of the brokers and managing agents working at Lloyd’s, supported by capital from across the world. In 2015, more than 90 syndicates are underwriting insurance and reinsurance at Lloyd’s, covering all lines of business from more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Lloyd’s is regulated by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services award
NFU Mutual offers a wide range of products, including general insurance, pensions, and investments. These products and services are delivered through the agency network, as well as through a direct sales and service centre.
With over 300 offices located in rural towns and villages throughout the UK, NFU Mutual has become part of the fabric of rural life and remains committed to serving the needs of people who visit, live or work in the countryside.
We welcome graduates into our organisation every year across all areas of the business from Customer Services, Marketing and HR, through to potentially becoming one of our sales agents of the future.
We are really proud to sponsor the award for the most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services 2018.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in law award
A university education, powered by industry experience.
Pearson College London was launched in 2012 as part of Pearson PLC, the only FTSE 100 company offering degrees in the UK.
Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do; it’s the key to delivering our vision of empowering the people that will change the world.
Our mission is clear: to become the UK’s leading university for in-depth industry engagement. Our academic schools are united by our mantra “designed, developed, delivered by industry” and we ensure our students graduate industry ready, as their career starts from day one.
Pearson Business School offers a range of degrees and degree apprenticeship programmes, and it is the first to offer a Rotational Degree Apprenticeship, an unrivalled opportunity to combine apprenticeships across three different leading companies and complete a degree over a three year structured training programme. Some of the employer partners we work with include corporate giants such as Tesco, Unilever, Direct Line Group, IBM, and WPP’s Ogilvy.
Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.
Sponsoring the best innovation in recruitment award
More Insight More Impact
TalentLens is part of Pearson plc, the world’s learning company and global market leader in assessments. We are an international talent assessment business, using psychometrics to help organisations select and develop top performers and high potential.
With a huge number of graduate applicants for a limited number of roles, graduate recruiters need up to date, efficient and cost effective ways to attract and select those candidates who are most likely to perform in the role and add value to your organisation.
Supported by over 70 years of research, our assessments such as Watson Glaser, Ravens and SOSIE, are used by companies around the world for their employee recruitment. Among other benefits, by working with TalentLens, you will reduce the risk of making a bad hire by gaining an objective view of potential performance and decision making ability, their fit to organisational culture and likelihood for counter productive behaviour.
To find out more about how we can help you please visit www.talentlens.co.uk
Connect with us – twitter.com/talentlensuk or www.linkedin.com/company/pearson-talentlens-uk
Sponsoring the best school leaver programme award
Realise your potential at RSM.
At RSM we provide a challenging and rewarding environment and the chance for you to build your own knowledge and expertise while helping your clients to realise their ambitions.
Our dedication to providing outstanding levels of client service means we’re always on the lookout for bright and ambitious individuals to join our global team of talented professionals. We provide extensive training and development to help you achieve your best.
At RSM, you will be valued as an individual, mentored as a future leader, and recognised for your accomplishments and potential. RSM, providing audit, tax and consulting services to middle-market leaders, globally.
As sponsors, we are very excited to share with you our brand values as a unified global network.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in hospitality, leisure and tourism award
Student experience and enterprise management software solution
Developed in conjunction with university careers services, TARGETconnect’s unique relationship management software manages university careers service processes more efficiently and effectively. NEW! TARGETconnect now includes TARGETconnect Link - the UK’s only national graduate job and employer distribution service to be integrated into each university’s TARGETconnect internal careers and employability infrastructure.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing award
TARGETrecruit's services and products are delivered by GTI, one of the world's leading student and graduate outsourcing recruitment specialists.
Some clients outsource their complete graduate recruitment campaigns to us, while others use us to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process. Our work extends across all sectors, both locally and internationally, with a diverse client list from multinational market leading brands to SME's recruiting one or two graduates a year. We bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice, and use our considerable intellectual property almost 30 years of working in this sector, to enable our clients to recruit the best talent for their organisations.
Add our group wide GTI products and services, such as our own market leading ATS, our media businesses such as TARGETjobs, or even an events management CRM to manage on and off campus events and you can understand why we are the go to provider for entry level recruitment support.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in public sector award
TMP’s world exists where science and art meet. Our solutions are grounded in science; pulling in detailed analysis, technical expertise and innovation, and then we blend in the art of branding, creative thinking and inspiring ideas.
We’re fascinated by all facets of employment; with such a broad spread of talent from our creative and digital teams to our occupational psychologists, our capacity for full RPO provision, to niche specialist search and employer branding expertise – over decades, we built a deep understanding of how the talent markets move. Working across a broad mix of public and private sector organisations, our objective remains consistent; delivering direct sourcing strategies that help you attract, assess and retain great talent.
For further information visit www.tmpw.co.uk
UK Power Networks
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in engineering design and manufacture award
UK Power Networks is one of the UK’s largest energy distribution companies. We’re responsible for delivering electricity to more than eight million customers including homes, schools and businesses in the South East, London and the East of England.
That means we need a steady flow of bright, enthusiastic and committed graduates to help us shape the engineers, business managers and information systems experts of the future.
Our people are central to our business and we work hard to attract, recruit and retain high performing individuals with the potential, skills and experience necessary for UK Power Networks’ continued success.
We are working hard to become an employer of choice so we take recruitment and training very seriously. That’s why we’re sponsoring this award. We recently gained the Investors in People Gold Standard and our recruitment and training programmes have won numerous accolades and awards.
Our Graduate Engineering Programme gives graduates the skills and competencies to become Chartered Engineers in the Power Distribution Industry. We also have similar programmes for careers in commercial or IT focused roles through our Business and Information Systems Graduate Programmes.
Each scheme gives recruits a clearly structured series of relevant placements. Mentoring, training and constant two-way feedback make sure that our graduates have the best possible introduction to the business. We then help them gain professional qualifications that will make them ideally placed for a successful future in the utilities industry.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in retail award
Your potential. Your future. Make the connection with Vodafone
Think you know Vodafone? Think again.
We’re changing for the future – and we need you to make it happen.
As one of the biggest mobile networks, we keep 450 million people connected all over the world, every single day. From amazing success stories to some of life’s most epic moments, Vodafone gives everyone the platform to make things happen.
But we’re more than just a network.
We believe innovation and empowerment can make the world a better place. That’s why we’re creating pioneering digital solutions that tap into a connected tomorrow – and change people’s lives.
Your Future is exciting.