Recruiter News - April 2022

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 by Admin GradWalesNo comments

In this issue: Attracting Graduate Talent in a Tough Climate | Fully-funded SME Internship Scheme OPEN | In Other Business News | Recruit with Gradsouthwest

Attracting Graduate Talent in a Tough Climate

Attracting Graduate Talent in a Tough Climate

As we enter the peak graduate recruitment season we are re-posting our top tips for securing a graduate from the class of '22.

Your job ad is competing with hundreds, and probably thousands, of others. Employment is at an all time high, skills shortages abound, and lots of potential candidates don’t feel secure enough to make the jump to a new job. Record numbers of graduates have opted for postgrad study and others are re-evaluating their life goals after two years of pandemic restrictions.

Many employers are reporting challenges with recruitment, and whilst we can’t wave a magic wand, we strongly recommend the following:

#1. Allow plenty of time for recruitment
We are finding that roles will fill, but much more slowly than before. Allow a minimum of 6 weeks to advertise your vacancy - and be prepared to extend if you need to. We offer 4 weeks as standard and will always extend free of charge on request.

#2. Offer hybrid working
Graduates used to look for salary, location and career progression. Now they look for hybrid working. Nearly every company offers this nowadays but it’s important to make it explicit in the job advert.

#3. Define the salary
Graduates are put off applying for roles that don’t state the salary - or at least the salary range. Rightly or wrongly “competitive” or “available on application” translates to candidates as rubbish pay and significantly decreases the number of applications.

#4. Allow candidates to apply direct
Sending candidates to your website to apply makes sense. But for reasons we don’t fully understand, it deters candidates from making an application. We appreciate that standard application forms are excellent for collecting the information you need in a consistent format, but in the current climate, to maximise applications, you may need to consider accepting CVs direct from the recruitment website.

These tips are written for recruitment in today’s climate. For more general advert tips, please see Creating Your Job Advert in our Graduate Recruitment Guide.

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Fully-funded SME Internship Scheme

Fully-funded SME Internship Scheme OPEN

The University of Bristol is offering a grant of £1,260 to cover an intern’s wages for 140 hours of work.

Internships can take place any time during the year, but they must start before the end of June 2022. The scheme is usually oversubscribed - so hurry and apply now.

More details can be found here.

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And in other Business News...

University of Plymouth R&D Solutions Fund 2022

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to solve business problems through encouraging strong academic and international collaborations with the University of Plymouth.

Call closes at 5pm on 25 April 2022

👉 Find out more...

National Minimum Wage uplift

A quick reminder that the National Minimum Wage increased on the 1 April 2022. Uplifts apply immediately - so do make sure you are paying correctly.

👉Find out more...

Help to Grow: Management course

The government-backed Help to Grow: Management course will open the door to growth for thousands of business leaders. Delivered by leading UK business schools accredited to the Small Business Charter, Help To Grow: Management includes 50 hours of in depth training, 1:1 business mentoring, and the opportunity to grow your business, fast.
The 12-week programme costs just £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government. You can take part around your existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

👉Find out more...

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