We hope that the results of conversations and feedback have the power to positively change how you do things and offers the deeper insights you seek.
You’ll also be giving local graduates/students, from under-represented groups the fantastic opportunity to build on key transferable soft skills, experience a work environment in-situ, providing greater awareness about a career they may be aspired to join, but perhaps lack confidence to apply or didn't succeed first time round.
The scheme was piloted in 2019-20 with four organisations in business and financial services: HSBC, Shoosmiths, Gowling WLG and BSN Associates. In 2021-21 the scheme was expanded to broader sectors and featured organisations such as: Air Liquide, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Birmingham City Council, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Deloitte, FDM Group, Future Genetics, ICF, SOTI, Steps to Work, Teach First, Unlocked Graduates & West Midlands Police. Details can be found here.
Feedback from employer involvement includes:
Emerging Talent Attraction and Selection Lead at HSBC
“The programme offers meaningful, first-hand insight into how employers can better recruit and support a broader range of candidates; for example, how increasing awareness of our flexible working policies could help us better attract top talent from single-parent families, which make up nearly a quarter of families in the UK.
As a result of participating in the scheme, we will be running commercial awareness sessions for local students about the business and will also be partnering up with a few faith culturally based societies to pilot a mentorship scheme to give students year round support.”