Recruiter update - October 2018

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

In this October 2018 issue:

The Torbay and South Devon Jobs Fair ~ Autumn Careers Fairs ~ Student placements - adding value to your business ~ Top Tips: Job Descriptions & Person Specifications ~ Business Resources ~ Round Up of Business Events ~ Recommend us on Facebook ~


The Torbay and South Devon Jobs Fair

Our first fair of the autumn was in Torquay at the Torbay and South Devon Jobs Fair.

It was a pleasure to meet over 20 recent graduates who were looking to start their graduate careers. All of them were looking to stay in the south west, with many ideally looking to stay in the bay.

We also had chance to speak to some of the employers there and so here's a shout out to Riverford, Select Group, TDA, Teacher Active, Rockfish, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Active Assistance and British Ceramic, all of whom recruit graduates.

Thank you Torbay Council and Job Centre Plus in South Devon for having us.

Attract Candidates at Autumn Careers Fairs

We will be attending a number of autumn Careers Fairs this year and it's a great opportunity to profile your vacancies.

We showcase two companies at each event by discussing your vacancies with potential candidates when they visit our stand. Slots are allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Contact us to showcase your vacancy at any of the following events:

  • Wed 17 Oct - UWE Meet the Employers Fair
  • Thur 18 Oct - Solent Careers Fair
  • Mon 22 Oct - University of Bristol Grads Love Bristol
  • Tues 23 Oct - University of Exeter Careers and Placement Fair
  • Thurs 25 Oct - Bath Spa University Careers & Oopportunities Fair
  • Mon 30 Oct - Cardiff Metropolitan University Fair
  • Mon 30 Oct - Plymouth University Placement & Graduate Career Fair
  • Wed 7 Nov - University of Exeter Penryn Campus Fair
  • Wed 7 Nov - Plymouth University STEM Career Fair
  • Thurs 8 Nov - University of South Wales Careers Fair

The charge for this popular and effective service is just £50 on top of your vacancy advert. We only have a couple of slots left if you are interested.


Student placements - adding value to your business

Have you considered taking on a placement student?72% of employers said their placement brought 'Excellent' value to their business^

Here are some schemes that are currently open:

^ Data from UWE

More Information

Exeter College is looking for enthusiastic employers who can help mould the next generation of our workforce. Industry placements are designed to give Year 2 Level 3 students a meaningful and relevant, long-term work placement (45 days, one day a week with 4 block weeks) that will allow them to gain valuable work and life skills.

Employers will benefit from the placements as, having already completed one year of study, the students will arrive with a good level of knowledge and skills, as well as being work ready with an energy to learn. Employers will have the opportunity to meet the future workforce of the industry. It will give their own staff the opportunity to take on mentoring and managerial roles and be a part of new and exciting opportunity.
For further information please contact Al McLintock at or 01392 400841.

And at Level 4+

More Information

UWE Bristol students can bring new ideas and fresh insights to your business and are renowned for being workplace ready. Options include year-long placements and short-term placements, meaning you can recruit depending on your business’ needs.


More information

The University of Exeter is pleased to announce 'Funded Student Internships' for Autumn 2018. If you are a company in Devon or Cornwall seeking to employ one of our talented students, we can help you recruit the right intern and provide 70 hours of Santander SME funding. This offer is available until 28/10/2018.

For more information please contact Jo on 01392 722617 or


Go to Top Tips

Top Tips: Job Descriptions & Person Specifications

Job descriptions and person specifications are the basis on which to build your recruitment. They'll help you to focus on what you need, write your recruitment advert and know what points to consider when you interview. They also help to keep the recruitment process objective and fair.

Read our Tip Tips for writing one.

Business Resources

With our strong partnerships and campus links, we're ideally placed to hear about great opportunities for businesses.

We don't want to keep this to ourselves so we've created a new business resources section on our website.

Check it out for information about how to tap into student and graduate talent, training and networking events and the launch of funding and grants for south west companies.

Recruit with Gradsouthwest

Need a graduate?

Not sure where to start?

Use our handy recruitment guide...

We've used our experience and know how to compile a quick and easy guide to attracting, selecting and retaining the graduate talent on your doorstep.

Events Listing

Business Events Regional Round up

Browse the business events list.

Please note: the events are listed in reverse order for reasons not entirely clear to us! Thank you for your patience while we work with our developers to resolve this!

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