In this November 2018 issue:
Graduate Unemployment Rates ~ Good Things Come in Threes; Business Events, Funding Opportunites & Free Training ~ Record Registrations at Careers Fairs ~ News in Brief ~ Free Places to Exhibitors at the Big Careers Event.
Lowest Graduate Unemployment Rate for Decades
The latest What do graduates do? report by Prospects shows the unemployment rate for graduates (six months after leaving university) is at its lowest for 39 years.
Dr Deborah Watson, Director of Gradsouthwest said "With graduate unemployment at such a low the jobs market is getting increasingly competitive for employers seeking graduate talent. Employers must really look at what they are offering to temp the best graduates to join them."
For tips on how to make your recruitment advert stand out from the crowd, visit the Gradsouthwest Recruitment Guide!
Good Things Come in Threes!
We want our updates to be relevant and useful, so we're introducing our three useful things series. Each month, we will highlight a business funding opportunity, a free training event and a business networking event. We hope you find it, erm, useful!
WHY APPRENTICESHIPS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS
23 NOVEMBER ST AUSTELL
Organised by Cornwall Council and the Skills Hub, this workshop will outline recent apprenticeship refor, programmes and funding, top things an employer needs to know about recruiting and managing an apprenticeship plus information and links to key resources. Find out more...
DIGITAL CAPABILITY GRANTS FOR DORSET BUSINESSES
Digital Capability Grants are available to SMEs in Dorset that are implementing a step change in their business by utilising digital. To date, recipients have used the funding for investment in new websites, software, computers and more. Applications are now open at Dorset Growth Hub.
1-2-1 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CLINIC
4 DECEMBER WESTON & 6 DECEMBER BRISTOL
Do you have a question on intellectual property (IP) but don’t know where to turn? Attend one of these 1:2:1 clinics organised by BusinessWest where yo'll get an hour of exclusive time with an IP expert. Find out more...
Record Registrations at the Autumn Careers Fairs
Exhibiting at ten university careers fairs in four weeks allowed us to chat with thousands of final year students and achieve record new registrations.
Time and time again, the students visiting our stand told us that they want to develop a career in the south west and were delighted to find so many opportunities available all in one place. All in all, a great endorsement of the value we play in matching graduates with businesses!
Where do Graduates Employees in the SW Come From?
Know the facts behind the graduate labour market and you can tailor your recruitment accordingly.
Read our blog piece to find out more....
Meet Student Talent at the Big Careers Event - It's Free!
Want to showcase your company to the student talent? Hartpury University and College in Gloucestershire is offering free places to exhibitors at its Big Careers Event in 2019. You'll meet skilled and driven individuals, passionate about making a difference in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing sectors.
Find out more...
Vote for a new free service!
We're getting lots of enquiries from students interested in short term paid internships, work experience and summer jobs. We currently advertise very few and believe that recruiters may be put off by the cost.
To keep our service relevant to students, we're considering offering free job adverts for this type of vacancy based in the south west and want to assess likely demand.
Would you use this service? Vote now by leaving a quick comment on our blog.
Upskill your workforce
Postgraduate study is a great way to develop new knowledge and skills and can be a real incentiviser for your staff. Forthcoming Postgraduate Open Days include:
Plymouth Marjon University Postgraduate Open Day - Wednesday 28 November
University of Exeter Cornwall Campus Postgraduate Open Day
Monday 19 November
Registrations are now open for these events, so if you are considering a Masters, PGCE, or PhD for your or your team, take a look at what's on offer!