2017 was a standout year in a multitude of ways for the world and here at Milkround, we were kept pretty busy too…

We would like to thank all who have worked with us throughout 2017, and here’s to the year ahead!


Attending the RAD Awards was a great way to kick off the year. Congratulations to all the winners!


We considered the importance of a socially diverse workforce, an issue that would remain a heavy focus throughout 2017, both nationally and within Milkround’s own research.


For our first Parents Evening of 2017, we were joined by Aldi, IBM, ICAEW, Goldman Sachs, Laing O’Rourke, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, EY and ACCA. Parents and students gained valuable insight into apprenticeships thanks to the panellists and apprentices offering their thoughts.

We celebrated National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to bring together will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

We held our first After School Options Fair of 2017 at Emirates Stadium alongside our partner, UK University Search. Thousands of students and school leavers were able to communicate directly with top employers to learn about the range of opportunities that offer a viable alternative to university.


Our After School Options Fair was bursting with school leaver talent



We partnered with UpRising, a youth leadership development organisation, aiming to further open the career pathways for young people from underrepresented backgrounds. As part of their ‘Fastlaners’ two-week programme, Milkround spent a day with the candidates running activities focusing on the skills needed to succeed in an interview.

Over 75 of Milkround’s top candidates attended an Amazon Insight Day, an incredible opportunity for them to learn more about careers in operations. The event included interactive games, workshops and a Q&A session.


We hosted our annual Careers Adviser Conference in partnership with Central Careers Hub and TfL.  Careers advisers had the opportunity to pose questions to some of the UK’s leading school leaver employers, including IBM, Grant Thornton, ACCA, Laing O’Rourke, ICAEW and EY.


Milkround’s research revealed a case of the fear of missing out – with social media playing a significant role when it comes to career envy in young people.


Milkround launched new web features that maximise job searching for candidates, utilising unique technology that targets candidate profiles alongside their onsite behaviour. Online job recommendations, regular and personalised emails and instant job match notifications work together to ensure the right roles are placed before the right candidates.

Our annual Candidate Compass report was published, covering the graduate gender pay gap, salary expectations, reneging job offers and social mobility.

Milkround’s findings regarding female graduates low salary expectations contributed to the conversation surrounding the gender pay gap in national news.

Our annual Society Awards event took place, judged by representatives from AstraZeneca, IBM, and UpRising. Individuals from universities across the UK showcased their skill, determination and passion for their societies and positively wowed the judges.

The finalists of the Society Awards

We were joined by UpRising at Milkround’s offices to teach young people about the “elevator pitch” and other essential employability skills to aid them in their job search.


We celebrated A level results day and partnered with Student Hut, The Student Room, Careercake and Revision World for a Twitter takeover covering all things Results Day – from revision to the Clearing process, to university and career choices.


Our second After School Options Fair was attended by over 6,000 school students who were full of curiosity about the opportunities on offer.

Our first guest post by Benivo was published on our recruiter blog, considering how young people experience the relocation requirements of their first role. [To enquire about guest postings, please contact info@milkround.com].


We attended university careers fairs across the country, engaging with students face to face and highlighting how Milkround actively aid them in their job search.

Milkround also had the pleasure of sponsoring Oxford Student Union Debate on campus, which saw students confidently pose questions and raise structured arguments to their fellow students, as well as MPs.

Our Accountancy Parents Evening provided in-depth insight into apprenticeship opportunities in the Accountancy sector for parents and their children. Representatives from EY, KPMG, ICAEW, Grant Thornton and RSM joined us for networking and multiple Q&A panels.

Our final UpRising event of the year took place, focusing on dressing for success and how to confidently articulate personal skills and traits concisely in an interview or networking context.


Our second research piece of the year, the School Leaver Candidate Compass report was published, revealing the latest trends and thoughts of school leavers in light of the GCSE changes and their perceptions of apprenticeships. We were thrilled to be joined by our partners The Prince’s Trust, who offered their own insight into social mobility within the school leaver demographic.

Our School Leaver Insight Breakfast saw Milkround enjoy tea, coffee and croissants with employers and career advisers from a range of sectors, while launching the findings of our latest report.

Milkround presenting findings at the Insight Breakfast

We also had a great time attending the In-House Recruitment Awards – Milkround sponsored Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy. Congratulations to the winner, Deloitte (Pink Squid)!


We attended the Apprentice and School Leaver Conference and chatted to attendees about creative and tailored campaign plans for the new year.

That’s it for our whistle-stop tour of 2017!

Feel free to get in touch with our sales team on 0333 0145 111 or email sales@milkround.com to enquire about your next recruitment campaign.

Please email info@milkround.com for more information on any of our past and future events.