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 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.
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 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 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 2018.
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
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 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 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 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.
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.