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

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

In this February 2020 issue: SW Retains Graduate Talent | Recruitment Support for SMEs | Skills Survey 2020 | The Graduate Market in 2020 | Chancellor Urged to Back The Great South West | MSc Data Science Degree Apprenticeship

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South West Retains Graduate Talent

Five years after graduating, roughly two thirds of those who study in the south west remain in the region. So say figures from the latest Longitudinal Education Outcome (LEO) report.

While there are variances at institutional level, this means that there is a vast local pool of skilled graduates from a diverse range of institutions: Russell Group, Million Plus, Pre / Post 92 Group, Further Education Colleges, Specialist Providers, and University Alliance - each offering its own blend of talent.

"the challenge for many, especially SMEs, is to raise the profile of local opportunities to tempt those qualified to take them up."

However, the challenge for many, especially SMEs, is to raise the profile of local opportunities to tempt those qualified to take them up. Large companies recruit in sufficient volume for big promotional campaigns to be cost effective. For SMEs, which might recruit in single numbers every couple of years, it’s not so easy.

And this is where Gradsouthwest comes in. We champion SMEs across the south west (after all, we are one!) and offer recruitment advertising at rates every business can afford (starting at just £100+VAT). Whilst we will never be able to compete with the big job boards in terms of quantity, we can help you target your advertising budget at the right people to generate high quality applications.

Our aim is, and always has been, to help great graduates and businesses find each other because this benefits all of us who are fortunate enough to live and work in this beautiful part of the world.

GradTalent Development Agency

Recruitment Support for SMEs in Devon, Dorset and Somerset

If you are recruiting to a graduate level position and have not have advertised on Gradsouthwest in the last 2 years we can provide you with a range of recruitment services free of charge via this Office for Students funded project.

Who do I contact?

Please contact the Gradsouthwest team and we'll be pleased to assist.

Tel: 01392 241 302

HotSW LEP Employer Skills Survey

Skills Survey 2020

The Heart of the South West 2020 Employer Skills Survey has been launched to gather information on the skills gaps and training needs facing SMEs. It's now open to employers across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

In taking part, you have the opportunity to influence future skills development and support in the Heart of the South West area.


In Brief:

The Graduate Market in 2020:The Times Top 100 High Fliers report

In summary, the graduate recruitment market is growing at the Top 100, but not as fast as the number of graduates. Salaries are static. Public sector growth is outstripping private sector growth. Employers are taking their responsibilities to provide work experience seriously.


Chancellor Urged To Back The Great South West

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, is being urged to back the Great South West in the Budget and help kick start ambitious places to create the UK's first clean energy powerhouse.


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