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 fFgRdaeature each year, both in print and online, and we are delighted to do so!
Our research partner – trendence UK
trendence is the UK’s leading employment research institute, with over 52,000 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.
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
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 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 best careers service employability strategy award
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in energy and utilities 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 apprentice of the year award
BPP is a national apprenticeships training provider in business, finance, accountancy and law programmes. Built on the foundations of over 40 years' of innovation and knowledge as one of Europe's largest providers for Professional Education, our apprenticeships are at the forefront of the industry.
One of the first training providers to offer new Apprenticeship Standards, our programmes include recognised professional qualifications and range from Level 2 to Level 7 - including Degree Apprenticeships (awarded by BPP University).
We offer businesses a full service solution including; consultation, programme design and tailoring, attraction and recruitment, expert tuition and 1-2-1 support and Account Management to deliver a successful programme and develop emerging talent.
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing 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.
With a particular expertise in early career recruitment, we are proud to be sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year Award 2017.
Find out more about how strengths can benefit your business at www.capp.co
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services 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 awards programme
Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. With thousands of lawyers working from dozens of offices around the globe, we offer expert advice to clients on all aspects of commercial law.
Our reputation in the field is formidable. In 2015, we were named number one law firm in the Chambers Global Top 30 for the second consecutive year.
We pride ourselves on being an exceptional employer. In 2014, we were named TARGETjobs Graduate Employer of the Year - the first law firm ever to win the award.
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.
Across Europe, in 2016 Colt welcomed over 30 graduates to the business in an array of positions from network engineer to Corporate Social Responsibility. In it’s debut year 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 2017.
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
Dawson Walker Communications
The most popular graduate recruiter in consulting award
With over 20 years’ experience, we have built and nurtured an extensive network of trusted partners who work with us on a fantastic diversity of projects. We reach far and wide working with global and local brands and enjoy the agility and impartiality of being an independent business. We cherish our swift-like newbies who whirl ideas with some wise owls to create original, impactful and focused solutions. We will keep you ahead of the game in bytes, in print and in person. We think strategically and always deliver on time, on budget and on brief - which is how we make things happen.
Call Adam Winterton on 020 7323 2713 or go to: www.dawsonwalker.co.uk
Sponsoring the best on-boarding experience award
Designed to support your onboarding programme, Eli builds knowledge and engagement, as well as supporting students through the difficult transition from study to work. Eli is the perfect solution for any early career employer looking to deliver an innovative, personalised onboarding experience.
On average, graduates spend over 7 minutes on Eli each time they visit and return over 18 times before day one to embed themselves into your culture as well as network with peers (and chat to buddies) through Eli’s instant messenger. Eli encourages this, building knowledge and a sense of community – all of which helps to reduce challenging dropout rates.
Eli helps you to effortlessly manage the whole onboarding process too. Everything from forms, checklists and events, to those responsible for delivering the onboarding experience (such as buddies and programme leads). This means reduced admin, increased consistency and some very impressed new starters.
It’s no wonder then that Eli has recently picked up some pretty big awards for Employee Engagement, Internal Comms and Onboarding Strategy & Experience. To find out more, and create your own award winning experience, visit geteli.com
University of Exeter
Sponsoring the award for the most popular graduate recruiter in the public sector
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 most popular graduate recruiter in investment banking and investment award
Sponsoring the best innovation in student recruitment award
Innovation has one purpose: improvement. It is inspired by a simple thought - there must be a better way. In graduate recruitment, innovation has particular importance as we are, to a large extent, focusing on a younger generation inspired by the possibility of positive change.
That is why at Havas People we are committed to working with our clients to make things better. That starts with providing continuous research and insight into the student and early careers audience. From white papers on Marketing to Generation Z, to the longest running longitudinal study into the attitudes of school leavers into the world of education, and our new work on
Meaningful Brands – we help to stimulate fresh and innovative thinking for both our graduate recruitment and university clients.Havas People are the talent specialists within Havas Group – one of the largest global communications groups in the world. We believe that it is our integrated approach – bringing insight, creativity and technology together – that delivers the results that matter most.
We would love to share our ideas with you.
Sponsoring the best diversity strategy 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 most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award
ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a world-leading accountancy professional membership organisation. We are responsible for promoting and supporting over 144,000 students and members in more than 160 countries throughout their careers. We are very proud of our heritage which is rich in experience, knowledge and professionalism.
ICAEW is a professional membership organisation committed to:
- delivering world leading qualifications and professional development programmes;
- promoting, developing and supporting our chartered accountants throughout their careers;
- sharing knowledge, insights and technical expertise to advance the accountancy and finance profession; and
- protecting and guiding the quality and integrity of our members to ensure the highest professional standards.
ICAEW Chartered Accountants are in demand around the world, and can be recognised by the letters ACA after their name. They are known for their ability to deliver a higher level of performance, wherever they work, however large or small the challenge. We are proud to sponsor the award for most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management.
To find out more about becoming an ICAEW Chartered accountant visit careers.icaew.com. Alternatively visit icaew.com/trainACA to find out about the benefits ACA training can have for your organisation.
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 student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) 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
Consistently ranked amongst Britain’s leading universities, there is more beneath the surface at Leicester. Alongside high quality research and excellent teaching, we are re-defining the impact a university can have in the 21st century and are proud to be the amongst the most inclusive of the UK’s top 20 leading universities. We consistently attract a high numbers of students from under-represented groups but, as pioneers of the Higher Education Achievement Record, 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 2017 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 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 most popular graduate recruiter in logistics, transport and supply chain award
Rolls-Royce designs, develops, manufactures and services integrated power systems for use in the air, on land and at sea. Our vision is to create better power for a changing world and we employ over 50,000 people in 46 countries.
Our ability to deliver excellence is based on the ability of our people. That’s why we make sure we have a highly skilled and professional workforce to continue to deliver on our promises to our customers now and into the future. We also work actively to attract young people to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects to maintain our future talent pipeline around the world.
In 2016 we recruited around 270 graduates and 260 interns worldwide and we continue to attract large numbers of high quality graduates and apprentices to our early career development programmes. We have well-established programmes around the globe and continue to focus on expanding our offerings beyond the UK.
Create your future and visit careers.rolls-royce.co.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.
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 from 26 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 best work experience programme award
Recruiting graduates has never been a straightforward business and, with the ever-increasing competition, everyone needs to get more bang from their marketing budget. Which is why the ThirtyThree has experienced graduate specialists dedicated to finding creative ways in which to reach the very best student talent for our clients. From websites to brochures, on-campus campaigns to CAS relationships, we work with some of the UK’s largest graduate recruiters and some of its smallest, developing marketing plans and producing compelling creative work to bring their message to life. And our award winning work shows we’re pretty good at it too. If you’d like to hear more, please call Brian Forde on 020 7336 4533 or visit our website www.thirtythree.co.uk
Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in retail award
TK Maxx (TJX Europe) is Europe’s biggest Off-Price fashion and home retailer selling top quality brands for less - up to 60% off recommended retail prices.
We’re a market leader not only in the UK but also across Europe, in Ireland, Germany Poland, Austria and the Netherlands with 495 stores, online retail in the UK and the UK’s leading Off-Price interior design and homeware chain HomeSense.
TK Maxx has big plans for expansion and huge potential for longer term growth – and this means openings in all areas to work with us and join in the success story that is TJX Europe.We are a people business and our associates are our lifeblood. Our unique business model offers graduates unparalleled opportunities to develop commercial sense and business management skills in departments such as merchandising, buying, finance, business technology, logistics and loss prevention.
Whether it’s for industrial placements or graduate roles, we’re committed to contributing fully to graduate employment, promoting and developing graduate talent as we grow our business Europe wide.
Find out more at www.earlycareers.tjxeurope.com
Sponsoring the best graduate recruitment website 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.