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  • Graduate Applications: The Corona Effect

    Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    With the media awash with gloomy predictions for graduates entering the labour market, it would be reasonable to assume that there will be a marked increase in the number of applications to vacancy ratio. Ironically, we are finding that, for graduate roles in the south west, this is not always the case. Anecdotally, we hear that many graduates are feeling 'pushed' into further study as the only ...

  • Kickstart Scheme

    Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Kickstart Scheme Funding Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a ...

  • News, Training & Funding Opportunities from Gradsouthwest - Recruiter Update July 2020

    Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this July 2020 issue: A Plan for Jobs - Kickstart Scheme | Is graduate recruitment recovering? | Office for Talent | Gradsouthwest runs "Working in the SW" webinar with the University of Exeter | Free Recruitment Advertising | A Plan for Jobs - Kickstart Scheme The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020, to outline how the ...

  • A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme

    Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented his ‘ Plan for Jobs’ to Parliament on Wednesday 8 July 2020, to outline how the government will boost job creation in the UK. The plan includes: A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and ...

  • Office for Talent

    Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    The government has created a new ‘Office for Talent’ to make it easier for scientists, researchers and innovators to settle in the UK. The announcement by business secretary Alok Sharma on 1 July 2020 is part of a research and development (R&D) roadmap, which is under a broader plan to help the UK economy regroup after the impact from the Covid-19 outbreak. It follows the government’s pledge to ...

  • News, Training & Funding Opportunities from Gradsouthwest - Recruiter Update June 2020

    Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this June 2020 issue: The Impact of Coronavirus on the Graduate Labour Market | Free Recruitment Advertising | Funded Summer Internships Scheme | Podcasting and Digital Content Resources | Graduate Recruitment Guide The Impact of Coronavirus on the Graduate Labour Market Analysis from Prospects Higher Education Intelligence identifies the key ways in which the graduate labour market has been ...

  • News, Training & Funding Opportunities from Gradsouthwest - Recruiter Update May 2020

    Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 by Admin GradWalesNo comments

    In this May 2020 issue: Recruitment during Covid-19 | Our Free Recruitment Guide | Free International Marketing Strategy | Free Remote Working Intern with Professional Pathways programme | Gradsouthwest in the Press | Recruitment during Covid-19 Setting aside the personal and societal impacts, snapshots from business surveys tell us what we probably already know - the impact of Covid-19 on ...

  • SW Manufacturing Barometer outcomes for March-April 2020

    Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020 by Admin GradWalesNo comments

    This survey opened on 25th March as the nationwide lock-down began and responses were collected up until 17th April. The barometer asked how companies across the manufacturing sector were managing their employees and supply chains, and questioned how this is affecting their production volumes, sales, and profits in light of Covid-19. Here are some snapshots from the south west regional report: ...

  • News, Training & Funding Opportunities from Gradsouthwest - Recruiter Update April 2020

    Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by Admin GradWalesNo comments

    In this April 2020 issue: Recruitment on hold? Still Recruiting? How can we help?We can find graduates for you | Be a Good Egg | National Minimum and Living Wage increases come into effect | How to interview people online & 6 Top Tech Tips for looking good Initial research from the Institute of Student Employers is saying that a third of companies have put their recruitment on hold, a third are ...

  • How to interview people online

    Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by Admin GradWalesNo comments

    Such unprecedented times has lead to many employers moving their face-to-face recruitment on-line with video interviewing being new to many employers and candidates. We recently came across this blog from DfE where they outline their experiences and some of the things you can do to make sure interviewees get the same high quality experience as they would face-to-face. Here is their guide: Plan ...