Highlights from the ISE’s Attraction & Marketing Forum

On Tuesday 22nd October, we were delighted to host the Institute of Student Employers Attraction and Marketing Forum.

ISE Student Recruitment Survey 2019

To start off the morning, we heard an insightful presentation from Tristram Hooley (Chief Research Officer, Institute of Student Employers), looking into some of the ISE’s latest findings on trends in the graduate recruitment market.

The Inside Student Recruitment 2019 study saw responses from 153 ISE members and covered 37,389 student hires.

Recruitment Budgets

Their findings show that most (57%) of firms’ recruitment budgets are being spent on marketing; including online marketing and attraction (30%), selection (27%), face-to-face marketing and attraction (18%), diversity (9%) and other activity (7%).

The most effective approaches to attracting graduates

Tristram also shared that visits to universities, the use of external jobs boards and advertising on their own websites are the three most effective ways to attract candidates.

At Milkround, we know the importance of face-to-face engagement from the start of a student’s university journey. We visit over 70 freshers and careers fairs every year as well as touring universities to support and develop their skills. We encourage employers to do the same, to ensure you’re first to mind when they take their first steps into the working world.

If you’d like to partner with us at universities, tour with us on campus or work with us to deliver skills sessions, then please do get in touch and we’d love to help create a bespoke campaign for you!

Diversity

The study also reports that some firms are making changes to improve diversity, with 38% of respondents noting that they have changed the universities that they have visited to better enhance diversity. We also know from the report, that members believe the biggest driver for engagement with diversity is the desire to secure the best talent (cited by 76% of employers) – therefore showing that it’s not only a moral argument but it will actually help create a stronger and more talented workforce too.

 

Hype Collective: What students want in a Graduate Job

We then heard from Hype Collective, who shared their recent research, conducted with the ISE, on what students want in a graduate job.

The Work Issue Part 1 – July 2019 consisted of 9 industry interviews, 7 focus groups and a survey of over 1,000 students.

Im(moral) values

Hype Collective looked into whether Gen-Z prioritise a company’s values highly (after salary). They found that most students didn’t rank morals in the top 5 reasons why they would choose to work there (with some not even ranking this in the top 10) – which is quite surprising!

It’s time to talk

Whilst young people feel more comfortable than ever talking about their mental health to their friends (90%), when we look at whether Gen-Z feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental health, only 25% said they do.

The findings on mental health were really interesting and matched up with our own research on Mental Health Sick Days. We found that only 24% of Gen Z respondents have been honest with their employer about taking a mental health sick day. Hype Collective’s research echoed this, showing that two thirds of Gen-Z would be more to work for a company, if they had a public and transparent approach to mental health.

Assessment processes have also come under the spotlight in their research, with respondents noting that they are bad for mental well-being, since they feel their value as a human is being judged.

Hype Collective: Panel Discussion

Hype Collective also ran a panel as part of the ISE forum, with the following panellists:

  • Natasha Dallyn, Recruitment Marketing Advisor at Shell
  • Shanice Mears, Head of Talent at The Elephant Room
  • Maria Donovan, Recruitment Director at Unlocked Graduates

Here are a couple of highlights…

Asking applicants about their mental health

We know that students and graduates have support networks and counselling available at university, but what happens when they leave and enter the workplace. A lot of employers are making huge advancements to support newbies, but can you ask applicants too much, too early in the recruitment process?

Maria from Unlocked Graduates noted that it is easier for them to ask, as a large proportion of the prison population have a mental health condition. They recommend that employers ask mental health questions after the offer is made, so that young people feel confident that this will not affect their chances of getting the job.

The longevity of a graduate’s first role

Natasha Dallyn from Shell spoke about the concept of the ‘flaky graduate’, and how leaving a job can be polarised by many people, who make assumptions and consider this a negative. She added be asking whether it is bad to see that someone has moved around in their career.

Shanice from The Elephant Room discussed portfolio careers, and how getting the most of graduates can mean supporting passion projects and sabbaticals, which can help retain employees.

How side hustles benefit The Elephant Room

With a small team of 8, Shanice spoke about the different projects that each of her team members are part of, outside of their main role.

From writing books to organising events in the grime music scene, everything comes back to The Elephant Room. Employees get what they want from their role, understand what is trending in the student population so that they can feed this back into their day job.

 

Roundtable Discussions

Next everyone in the room got involved through group roundtables and a panel discussion covering diversity in the workplace and hiring challenges, this threw up some really interesting thoughts and ideas.

One of the discussions was around how marketing and attraction approaches have changed to improve the diversity of candidates. Groups fed back that the university a candidate attended was no longer an important metric in deciding whether a graduate was right for the job. Minimum requirements were being removed from job descriptions to create a fairer process – especially since the value of a degree classification can vary from one institution to another.

 

Siemens and AIA Worldwide: Using tech to identify and hire top STEM talent

The morning concluded with an impressive case study from Siemens and AIA Worldwide on their Sir Williams Siemens Challenge, engaging and empowering engineering talent.

Working with AIA helped to reinvent and advance their traditional Sir Williams Siemens Challenge (which used to consist of submitting an essay-based task).

Their objectives

  • Increase the diversity of candidates applying (gender and degree)
  • Convey the exciting aspect of Siemens
  • Raise awareness of the brand and sells of the business

Advice on how to make a hackathon successful

  1. Get people to sign-up

Using a mix of print work, web pages, a teaser video (showing someone in the field creating a model, so that people knew what to expect), run focus groups

  1. Make it exciting

Show those apply everything that is included (such as the equipment they will get to use) – highlighting why this is a great opportunity

  1. Keep them engaged

Through closed groups on Facebook, an educational hub (perhaps through a university) and event information (so that they can follow updates and competition rules)

  1. Properly plan

Create an event agenda and map out every hour of each day – detailed planning is key!

 

 

If you want to speak to us about how Milkround can better your student and graduate recruitment processes then please don’t hesitate to get in touch: https://recruiting.milkround.com/

 

UK Social Mobility Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The UK’s only awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of organisations and individuals in promoting social mobility celebrated their third year with a fantastic gala at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.

The winning entries of the third iteration of the UK Social Mobility Awards, in association with Capita, were announced at a dazzling awards ceremony last night. The Awards celebrated the organisations embedding social mobility as a core business strategy, both within their own workforces and by influencing the debate from beyond their own walls.

By celebrating those committed to doing things differently and raising awareness of best practice, these awards aim to advance the practical implementation of social mobility in this country and create a movement of institutions committed to making change happen.

The night began with a drinks reception and three-course meal, providing an opportunity for attendees to network and cement relationships brought about by a commitment to equality. The gala evening was hosted by TV and Radio presenter Andrew Castle, and guests were entertained by the Chineke! Orchestra, before the winners were announced and presented with their awards.

The Awards, which are sponsored by the RAF and Antin Infrastructure Partners, received an impressive array of entries from across the UK and from a range of sectors and industries that have demonstrated excellence in their social mobility initiatives. Entries were judged by a prestigious judging panel, made up of leading figures in business, charity, politics and the public sector.

Chris May, Strategic Team Leader at Milkround, noted:

“It was great to be a part of an event that supports the movement towards a more inclusive and diverse workforce. It was such an privilege to hear the amazing things companies are doing to increase Social Mobility within the workplace. All of the winners were very well deserved, especially to Kier Group whose achievements are truly outstanding!”

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Chair of the Judging Panel for the awards, commented:

“The SOMOs shine a light on the successful organisations who have discovered the benefits of finding, recruiting, growing and promoting talented team members regardless of their upbringing. In this way, the SOMOs are proving how social mobility delivers through competitive advantage to a wide range of organisations across the spectrum.”

Tunde Banjoko OBE, Founder of The UK Social Mobility Awards, added:

“This year’s entries reveal that there is much good work going on, but there is still much more to do, both from those who are already on this journey and from those who have not yet got on board. It will take enormous and consistent effort to turn the tide on social mobility, and the UK Social Mobility Awards will continue to be there to advocate for, and champion, this noble movement.”

 

Winners – Organisations 

Organisation of The Year
Winners: Ministry of Justice
Highly Commended: KPMG

Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Milkround
Winner: Kier Group

Leadership of The Year – sponsored by Police Now
Winner: DWP

Recruitment Programme of The Year – sponsored by Hedley May
Winner: Greene King

Progression Programme of The Year
Winner: HMRC

Community Programme of The Year – sponsored by PwC
Winner: Nissan
Highly Commended: HMRC

University of the Year – sponsored by Pentland Brands
Winner: Nottingham Trent University

School/College of the Year – sponsored by BNP Paribas
Winner: Southmoor Academy

 

Winners – Individuals

Outstanding Contribution to Social Mobility
Winner: Justine Greening MP

Champion of The Year – sponsored by Lidl
Winner: Professor Pamela Gillies, Glasgow Caledonian University

Mentor of The Year
Winner: Franklin Asante, Coutts

Rising Star – sponsored by Foxtons
Winner: Milambo Makani, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Widening Access Network

 

Join the discussion:

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Twitter: @UKSMAwards – #SOMOs19

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Instagram: @uk_social_mobility_awards

UK Social Mobility Awards announces 2019 Shortlist

Shortlist of progressive organisations announced for the UK Social Mobility Awards, including the Innovation Award sponsored by Milkround.

The third iteration of the UK Social Mobility Awards have received an incredible response with the recently announced shortlist containing 57 unique organisations chosen from 115 submitting organisations. The Awards celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations developing initiatives to promote social mobility, either within their own workforces or by influencing the debate from beyond their own walls. Milkround is proud to sponsor the Innovation Award, which has seen an impressive array of entries from companies across the board. We recognise that social mobility not only benefits business, but society as a whole.

The Awards, which are in association with Capita, received an impressive array of entries. The shortlist represents a range of sectors and industries that have demonstrated excellence in their social mobility initiatives. The judging panel includes prominent figures from business, charity, politics and the public sector and includes our very own Chris May. The independent judging panel will determine the winners, to be announced at an awards gala on 10th October 2019.

Tunde Banjoko OBE – Chief Executive and Founder of the UK Social Mobility Awards and Making The Leap, the charity that runs the Awards, said:

“We are delighted to have shortlisted our third cohort of finalists for the UK Social Mobility Awards, having received entries from many fantastic organisations and individuals. The Awards were created to encourage organisations across the UK to see social mobility as a business imperative and embed core strategies to advance it. While we celebrate the finalists, we are clear that this is a conversation and a movement for everybody.”

 

The shortlist is as follows:

Organisation of the Year            

  • KPMG UK
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Grant Thornton UK
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

Innovation                                     

  • Rothschild & Co
  • Accenture
  • Siemens
  • Fremantle
  • Bauer Media
  • Kier

Leadership of the Year                

  • Buildforce
  • BPP University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Stafford Long
  • DWP
  • Ministry of Justice

Recruitment Programme of the Year

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • Aon
  • Ashurst LLP
  • Mayer Brown International LLP
  • Greene King

Progression Programme of the Year

  • Google UK
  • Rexel UK Limited
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • United Utilities
  • WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

Community Programme of the Year

  • KPMG UK
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Sweco
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Reed Smith

School/College of the Year

  • Harris Westminster Sixth Form
  • Southmoor Academy
  • Latymer Upper School
  • Reigate Grammar School
  • Christ’s Hospital
  • Bodmin College

University of the Year

  • Kingston University
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Worcester
  • The Open University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Newcastle University

 

Individual Categories

Champion of the Year                 

  • Malcolm Gomersall – Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE – Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Will Richardson – PwC
  • David Bates – Marks & Spencer
  • Tia Castagno – Vizeum
  • Sandra Wallace – DLA Piper

Mentor of the Year                      

  • Franklin Asante – Coutts
  • Lerato Marema – Deloitte
  • Geraldine Clement – Cabinet Office
  • Claire Preston – ENGIE
  • Julie Lindsay – Office of the Public Guardian
  • Meryem Ertac – PwC

Rising Star                                     

  • Leticia Nascimento – KPMG UK
  • Milambo Makani – FreshfieldsBruckhaus Deringer
  • Matthew Campling – Linklaters LLP
  • Nadia Mensah – PwC
  • Louisa Burden-Garabedian – Penguin Random House UK
  • Ashley Daniells – RPC

 

The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by leading Social Mobility charity Making The Leap, who have supported over 50,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1993.

 

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Exploring student and graduate perceptions of the working world: Our latest findings unveiled at Milkround’s annual Insight Breakfast

Milkround Insight Breakfast 2019

We had an exciting morning on the 4th July 2019, revealing our newly launched 2019 research into student and graduate career confidence, and their concerns when it comes to entering the working world.

The findings we shared, were from our Candidate Compass 2019 report, where we surveyed over 7,000 students and graduates on a number of topics, including career expectations, company culture, mental health, and whether students feel that employers are being diverse in their recruitment processes – including gender contrasts and how this impacts their perceptions of the future.

For 2019, we partnered with Universum, a global employer branding agency, who are leading in supporting employers through delivering talent market insights. Together, we shared valuable insight on Gen Z and how young people perceive employers and what makes them attractive.  

Milkround’s Key Findings

CC_Key-Findings_2019

 

How to stand out from the crowd as an employer

Claes Peyron from Universum delivered a fantastic presentation on the topic of employer branding, sharing a selection of tips for standing out from the crowd.

With students and graduates having greater options than ever before, it becoming increasingly important to ensure you’re seen as an attractive yet authentic brand to this audience. Universum’s Employer Branding Now Survey reports that differentiation is the number one employer branding priority for the World’s Most Attractive Employers.

How to gain talent through strong employer branding

  1. Revisit your key talent definitions
  2. Become more data-led
  3. Assess your Employer Value Proposition and the activation of this – the UK as a whole is focused on: having an inspiring purpose, having respect for people but also the commitment to diversity and inclusion – which isn’t a key proposition for other countries as a whole. What is most important to your company?
  4. Set long-term goals and KPIs – do you have employee-generated content to support corporate messaging and how is this tracked?
  5. Make sure your offering isn’t too generic and similar to other brands – stand out and have your own voice.

 

Top Tips from Student Minds

We were pleased to be joined by Scott Williams, Head of Development at Student Minds, who spoke about well-being among young people and how employers can best support those entering the workforce, as well as providing insight into their Graduate Well-being Report.

How to support student & graduate well-being and stress for those transitioning into the workplace:

  • Ensure graduates have a manager who is interested in their personal development
  • Provide graduates with someone they feel confident contacting if they are struggling with their well-being
  • Make sure graduates feel comfortable taking breaks during the workday, for example, taking a break for lunch
  • Support graduates in finding the work they are doing interesting
  • Ensure graduates feel able to keep up with financial pressures
  • Check that your organisation is proactive about promoting well-being
  • Allow graduates to feel included in work-related social activities
Source: Graduate Well-being Report 2017, Student Minds

 

To read our full Candidate Compass 2019 report or any of our other research, click here. To find out more, or if you’d like us to delve deeper into our research, contact us at: milkroundmarketing@milkround.com

Milkround Society Awards 2019

On 19th June, we were delighted to host our annual Society Awards finalist day in London.

The awards allow students to showcase their hard work and commitment to both a society and university. It is also an opportunity for us to help students prepare for life after university, showing how they can use their involvement in a society as leverage in the world of work. Not only this, it’s an excellent way for the students to network with potential employers and find out more about the opportunities available.

Students were able to nominate either themselves or their society for one of two awards:

  1. Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society – £1,000 sponsorship prize
  2. Outstanding Contribution to a Society – £250 voucher

We had over 140 applications for our awards, which were narrowed down to 10 for each of the two categories. The judges then had the difficult decision of selecting a winner, after hearing each finalist present.

The Judges

Our employer partners and panel of judges for the awards were Mondelēz International, Enterprise Rent-a-car, Fidelity International and Lloyds of London.

What they had to say…

“An inspiring event where you get to see the current students and societies going above and beyond to help their fellow students and their surrounding communities not just excel and exceed but, in many cases, survive and thrive!  A complete privilege to see so many wonderful initiatives deliver so many tangible results.  Totally heart-warming!”

Brian Sinclair, Early Careers Talent Acquisition Manager UK & Ireland | Fidelity International

“I was in awe of the innovation in which students are truly impacting in their local communities. Being full time in university but very passionate about additional impacts they are making in society.”

Pj Singh, Talent Acquisition Specialist | Enterprise Rent-a-car

“It was great to see the drive and passion the students had for their societies – some really inspirational things happening and it’s great to have an event like this to highlight and celebrate the successes. At Lloyd’s we are always interested in hearing about students extracurricular activities and where they had achieved alongside their studies.”

Sian Carter, Emerging Talent Programmes Manager | Lloyds of London

The Finalists

UEA Paramedic Society University of East Anglia
Greater Manchester Nightline University of Manchester
Kite Oxford-Nairobi University of Oxford
Roots Community Gardening University of Bristol
Beat This Together University of Bristol
Warwick Maths Society University of Warwick
University of Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Society University of Edinburgh
Computer Science Society Lancaster University
Izzi Gilmour, Canoe University of Bristol
Kate Hassall, Team Surrey Squash University of Surrey
Emma Bihan-Poudec, A21 University of Southampton
Sarah Woodard, Women in Finance University of Bristol
Oluwaseye Kola-Ojo, Law Society University of Buckingham
Samuel Turner, Strand Magazine Kings College London
Millan Chauhan, Aston University Hockey Club Aston University
Mozomul Hoque, Community Challenge University of Birmingham
Doreen Chan, Durham University Business Society Durham University

Winners

Outstanding Contribution to a Society

We were very happy to crown Greater Manchester Nightline as the winners of the award and £1,000 sponsorship prize, a student-run listening service for students across Manchester, covering six universities and supporting 101,000 students.

Their dedication and hard work through a confidential phone and IM service, publicity events – such as delivering care packages during exam time – and plans to extend their support and further improve the infrastructure and publicity of their services, highlighted their dedication and support to the student community and clear plan for the future.

“The Milkround Society Awards finals were an incredible opportunity for both us individually and the organisation as a whole. We found out about the great work societies are doing across the UK and learned a great deal from how other groups overcame challenges this year. We also discussed volunteering opportunities with our fellow nominees and the Lancaster University Computer Science Society have offered to re-design our website!

We also got some great opportunities from networking with the amazing judges! Sian from Lloyds of London has already put us in contact with a mental health first aid training provider!”

Greater Manchester Nightline

Individual to have made the Biggest Contribution to a Society

Our judging panel were pleased to award Kate Hassall from Team Surrey Squash as the winner. They were impressed with Kate’s dedication to charity work, hard work in making sustainability an importance for Team Surrey Squash – removing all plastic waste from their social events – and creating a Blood Drive, to encourage those in the society to give blood… resulting in 36 pints of blood being given!

“I had such an amazing day at the awards, it was really well organised with a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere! I loved being able to meet the judges from an array of companies and fellow students from across the country. All the finalists had done some incredible work and it was a great way to discover different initiatives and ways we can improve our societies further!”

Kate Hassall, Team Surrey Squash

 

Special mention to:

  • Samuel Turner from the University of Buckingham, for founding and running Strand Magazine as well as self-teaching himself all aspects of design. Strand has been distributed to 27,000 people at King’s College London, as well as receiving sponsors such as Tate, Somerset House and King’s too.
  • Millan Chauhan from Aston University Hockey Club – elected and re-elected as Secretary of Aston University Hockey Club. His hard work enabled the club to gain £14.4k in sponsorship over the two years, as well as introducing numerous initiatives, securing deals and pro-actively helping members where possible.
  • Emma Bihan-Poudec from A21 at Southampton University – a society committed to raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. The judges were impressed by the projects and campaigns Emma completed and her success in separating the human struggle from the political aspect of trafficking.
  • Kite Oxford-Nairobi, a student-led initiative with numerous projects, with the aim to empower communities, use access to resources to drive innovation in development and engage with students in Oxford and Nairobi.
  • Warwick Maths Society provides support to those studying Mathematics as well as ensuring that the subject is an equal and attractive opportunity for all genders. Through academic support officers, students can attend weekly sessions, there is also the opportunity to purchase revision guides and attend events.
  • UEA’s Paramedic Society run academic events to provide opportunities for their members to develop. They also spend time creating national campaigns, lobbying UK Government to enable student paramedics to access HEE additional funding.
  • Roots Community Gardening is a project to get students involved in conservation and sustainability around Bristol. They run workshops, improving mental health by encouraging individuals to increase the time they spend in green spaces, working with care homes and primary schools to improve their gardens.

Join us on the judging panel at our Society Awards

We are delighted to launch this year’s Society Awards, which will be taking place on the 19th of June 2019.

Students will be able to nominate themselves or their society for one of two awards:

  1. Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society
  2. Outstanding Contribution to a Society

The awards allow students to showcase their hard work and commitment to both a society and university. It is also an opportunity for us to help students prepare for life after university, showing how they can use their involvement in a society as leverage in the world of work.

How does it work?

Step 1:  Students complete the nomination form via the Milkround website

Step 2:  20 finalists (10 from each category) are picked to attend the awards day

This will entail workshops, a Q&A and a presentation to the judging panel – explaining how the prize money would be spent.

Step 3:  £250 voucher for an individual

£1,000 cash prize for a society

Why get involved?

  • Networking opportunities with top students who have a strong extracurricular background
  • Drive job applications and have your name advertised to over 700,000 students and graduates
  • Build your brand with our student audience:
    – 50,000 students on our social media channels
    – 46,000 visits to our content hub each month
    – 311,000 current students through Milkround’s email communications and further reach through our partner’s websites

Sponsorship Package

  1. Network with over 20 top students at the awards day
  2. Join the judging panel for both categories
  3. Deliver a workshop to the engaged students
  4. Have your branding across all student communications (inc. solus emails and social media posts across all channels)

Take a look at last year’s winners

To find out more and how you can become a sponsor and judge of our Society Awards in June, give us a call on 03330 145111, or contact your Account Manager directly.

Increasing Diversity in Recruitment with the UK Social Mobility Awards

We were delighted to attend the UK Social Mobility Business Seminar on the 19th of March.

The UK Social Mobility Awards have been established to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those organisations that are making huge advancements when it comes to social mobility in the UK. 2019 marks the third year of this inspiring series of events, and Milkround is proud to be sponsoring the Business Seminar and launch of this year’s awards.

We heard from keynote speaker, Nadhim Zahawi MP and Professor Anthony Heath of CSI Nuffield, as well as panelist members on the day: Matthew Coats CB, Sarah Moore, Steven Cooper and Yasmine Chinwala.

Professor Anthony Heath covered both research and insight into why organisations should be caring about social mobility. With the answer being that it’s not just about social justice and a moral argument, but there is also a business case for it too – with greater diversity and less groupthink creating a better work dynamic and working environment.

There is a wastage of talent if you or universities do recruit based on your social background, rather than an ability to do the job

Professor Anthony Heath, CSI Nuffield

It is therefore important that employers are making these changes, especially those large organisations who can use their size and reach to put a stamp on social mobility and create influential change in student and graduate recruitment.

Putting this into action

Both Steven Cooper, previous CEO of Personal Banking at Barclays and Sarah Moore of PwC discussed how they are helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds get into these industries.

With Barclays struggling to recruit young people into their Cardiff regional office and a realisation that they could be doing more when it comes to diversity, they created a successful apprenticeship programme, going into the poorest and least privileged schools to promote the opportunities within the bank. From this, Barclays were able to access a significant amount of talent, creating a strong business case for improving social mobility on a larger scale.

PwC shared insight into their 5-point plan and why it is important to be clear on what works for your business, how you are going to get there and what you are trying to achieve. For PwC, they found going into schools really built momentum and opening an office in Bradford enabled them to reach out to students from poor backgrounds, offering a training plan and giving them opportunities to strive for.

Diversity with Milkround

We recently worked with leading accountancy and professional services firms to improve social mobility in the industry. As part of this campaign, we educated our audience through content pieces on our site, ran workshops at schools across the country and hosted a national competition for students from lower socio-economic areas of the UK.

If you are interested in attending this event or learning more about the 2019 UK Social Mobility Awards, visit: uksomo.com if you’d like more details on how you can enter, contact Paola Contessi: paola.contessi@mtl.org.uk
For more information on how we can help you to become more aware of this topic and take steps to increase diversity your organisation, call us on: 0333 0145 111 or visit recruiting.milkround.com

Delving into Diversity & Inclusion at the ISE forum

We recently hosted the ISE Diversity & Inclusion forum at the Milkround offices, where we saw a number of employers talking about hot topics in the industry, as well as the actions employers can and should be taking in order to overcome their diversity challenges.

To kick things off, we heard from Tristram Hooley, ISE Research Chief Officer, who explored the latest ISE Annual Student Recruitment Survey. Among their research, Tristram spoke about the importance employers are placing on diversity, reporting that 96 per cent of respondents are prioritising at least one or more diversity issues, with some being very focused on multiple diversity strands.

More interestingly, the findings showed us that whilst 67 per cent of employers are changing the way they manage recruitment to address concerns about diversity, when looking at how representative this is of their actual hires and the wider population, the results are very different. People who attended state schools, women, first-generation graduates and disabled people are all under-represented amongst current hires. The average proportion of hires who attended a state school, for example, is 57 per cent and the average UK population average is 91 per cent, showing a clear contrast between what is being done and what the overall population looks like.

Social Mobility and Contextual Recruitment

We then heard from Timi Dorgu, Senior Digital Account Manager from Rare Recruitment and Jen Baird, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Hogan Lovells – who spoke about how Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System can transform the hiring decision process and increase diversity too. The system indicates to employers any candidates who have come from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who are resilient outperformers, allowing employers to deliver tangible results when it comes to diversity.

A behavioural science approach to Diversity & Inclusion

Alice Scott from Development Beyond Learning (DBL) shared research on behavioural science, explaining that it’s not always easy to completely eliminate bias and influence from recruitment decision making. She noted that behavioural science can help employers since it looks at how people really behave, instead of how we think they ought to behave.

Alice spoke to us about how removing information with inaccurate ‘representative models’ in application processes or hiding demographic information on forms can help to focus attention to purely just data, which could lead to more diverse and inclusive actions from employers.

ASD Awareness

Lastly, we heard from Nick Heckscher from ASPIeRATIONS which is a Community Interest Company, set up to help employers attract, recruit and retain highly-skilled, autistic talent. Nick spoke about the benefits of employing high-functioning autistic and Asperger’s individuals into a team, with the increased capacity for innovation and enhanced employee retention rates.

 

If you want to speak to us about diversity and inclusion and how Milkround can better your student and graduate recruitment processes then please don’t hesitate to get in touch: https://recruiting.milkround.com/

 

 

Come and join the discussion on career confidence in students and graduates

Earlier this year we probed the minds of over 5,700 students and graduates, gaining insight into their career confidence and what they expect when they take their first steps into the world of work.

The response was thought-provoking and posed questions around salary expectations and the gender disparity that lies, along with the pressure that graduates face from the competition when applying for sought-after graduate roles and internships.

We’ve been conducting further research into these topics and will be presenting our insights as well as offering advice on hiring processes during an hour long webinar on the 22nd November.

We also want to hear about your thoughts on the topics so we’ve partnered with HRreview to give you the opportunity to share any challenges you currently face when recruiting student and graduate talent. Register today and join the discussion here.

Webinar information:

Date: November 22nd 2018

Time: 11am – 12pm

Register for the webinar here.

Student Success at the Milkround Society Awards

On Wednesday 25th June, we hosted our annual Milkround Society Awards – which saw students from all over the UK coming together, demonstrating what they have been getting involved in at university and how these avid individuals have contributed to their societies.

The event is a great way for us to meet some of the most inspiring young people and connect them to leading employers. It also allows us to understand what drives students, what challenges they’ve faced along the way and how they’re developing themselves outside of university studies, to ensure that they are the most employable candidates.

Our panel of judges: Isabella Luba from Merkle | Periscopix, Jack Culpan from Sponsor My Society, Andrew Crisp from UpRising and Stefan Kovacevic & Alex Bellotti from One Young World, connected with the finalists, offering both employment advice and specific guidance around society sponsorship. Both us at Milkround and the judges were overwhelmed by the pitches, making the all-important final decision a very difficult one!

 

Milkround's Society Awards 2018
Kelsey Robb from Lancaster University’s Advertising Society, pitching to the judges

We accepted over 130 applications and shortlisted this down to 9 societies for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Society’ award and 6 students for the ‘Individual Contribution to a Society’ award. We assessed the applications based on their efforts, their dedication to developing a society and what they would do with our £1,000 cash prize. These finalists were then invited to attend our Society Awards at the Milkround HQ – pitching to the judges.

Throughout the day, the students were able to network with one other and learn about what employers are looking for. It gave employers the opportunity to present the companies they work for and their graduate offerings, with one student applying for a role at One Young World on the day!

 

The Winners

 

Mima Markicevic - The Holdsworth Club Society (University of Birmingham)
Mima Markicevic won ‘Individual Contribution to a Society’ after demonstrating her dedication to The Holdsworth Club. In just one year, Mima transformed this declining society into one with clear goals and great support
Handprints-eNABLE Scotland
Handprints were awarded with ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Society’ for their selfless contribution to local communities, creating prosthetic arms for those most in need. They were passionate about changing people’s lives – working on projects for hospitals and vets where funding was lacking

What our judges said…

“The level of ambition, motivation and entrepreneurial spirit in the room was unmatched, and choosing a winner was a very difficult decision. I am sure that all the attendees will go on to do great things!”

Jack Culpan, Sponsor My Society


“It was an excellent opportunity to see the fantastic work students are doing in their societies. I was overwhelmed by the creative ways they were solving problems they faced and could see how all the skills they were learning could directly help them in future careers. It was also inspiring to hear about the amazing work they do for local and global communities, both within University boundaries and beyond.”

Izzie Luba, Merkle | Periscopix

 

 

Want to get involved in sponsorship with us?

If you are interested in being part of any Milkround events, increasing awareness of your organisation in the student and graduate market or if you just want to partner with us, then please give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or email us at info@milkround.com