Overview

The landscape of graduate employment in the UK is undergoing significant transformations, primarily driven by rapid digitalisation and an increased demand for specialised services across various sectors. In addition, graduates are seeking meaningful employment and jobs that align with their principles and life goals. After university a single graduate will apply to at least 25 positions thus creating competitive job market. As such, there is a strong necessity for strategic engagement between universities, employers, and graduates. As the employability landscape evolves, understanding the current challenges and opportunities is essential for shaping a future where graduates can thrive.

  • 71% of industry leaders acknowledge that university education is pivotal in developing key transferable skills, according to research from Universities UK (2023)
  • They also found that by 2035, the UK’s labour market will require over 11 million new graduates
  • Full-time employment among graduates increased by 4 percentage points in 2020/21, as discovered by HESA
  • 73% of UK graduates claim university education secured them their desired job within a year (Universities UK, 2023)

Join us at the Graduate Employability Conference to collaborate on innovative approaches to harness the full potential of graduates. Learn and benefit from a series of best practice case studies on a range of topics including employer engagement strategies, developing students’ soft skills and creating digital platforms to showcase employment opportunities. You will also have the chance to network with senior colleagues and further your goals in improving pathways that lead graduates to rewarding careers and meet the demand for a skilled future workforce.

Why Attend:

Hear high-level keynotes on the latest initiatives in Improving graduate employability pathways

Learn from case studies showcasing successful strategies in engaging with students and providing graduates with the support they need in their career journey

Discuss a wide range of topics including graduate outcomes and how it can inform career services and curriculum development

Network with senior colleagues from across higher education

Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

This is a live event taking place online:
 Access a full live event with 8 hours of CPD points from home
 Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
  Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
 Review event materials and presentations post-event
 Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Agenda
  • Online Registration
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Becka Colley-Foster, Head of Careers and Graduate Employability, Edge Hill University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Taking A University-Wide Approach to Improving Employability for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

    • Strategies for embedding employability into curriculums to meet the rising expectations of a competitive job market
    • Developing and enhancing a university’s careers and employability services to provide comprehensive support across all stages of student development
    • Implementing early engagement in career discussions and employer interactions within the academic teaching framework
    • Engaging academics and teaching staff in career initiatives to create a cohesive environment for students
    • Co-creating employability services with students, using feedback to tailor support for future cohorts

    Becka Colley-Foster, Head of Careers and Graduate Employability, Edge Hill University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Deciphering Labour Market Trends: An Update on the National Picture of Graduate Employability

    • Outlining recent shifts in the labour market amid ongoing economic adjustments such as Brexit and the cost-of-living crisis
    • Guidance on current in-demand skills and how universities can help graduates acquire these
    • Exploring the impact of AI on the graduate employability market, including the creation of new roles and the need for AI-centric skills
    • Preparing graduates for ever-evolving roles through curriculum innovation and career services enhancement: key tips

    Paul Gratrick, President, AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Building Academic Confidence in Embedding Employability into the Curriculum

    • Strategies for embedding employability into curriculums to meet the rising expectations of a competitive job market
    • Developing and enhancing careers and employability services to provide comprehensive support across all stages of student development
    • Implementing early engagement in career discussions and employer interactions within the academic teaching framework
    • Engaging academics and teaching staff in career initiatives to create a cohesive environment for students
    • Co-creating employability services with students, using feedback to tailor support for future cohorts

    Tom Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Chair, University of Portsmouth and RAISE Network (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers
  • Comfort Break
  • Case Study: Partnering and Engaging with Employers in Creating Employment Opportunities for Students

    • Developing a successful partnership programme with employers to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Mapping strategies to tackle the disparity in students’ engagement with competitive graduate schemes
    • Establishing the co-creation process with employers to tailor recruitment processes and attract diverse candidate pools
    • Strategies to connect students with hard-to-reach industry partners and create tangible opportunities for graduates

    Cherise Basslian, Director of Careers and Student Enterprise, University of East London (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Integrating Work Based and Placement Strategy into Study for an Enhanced Student Experience

    • Background on how the Work-Based and Placement Learning programme at University of Westminster has embedded a range of experiences into the undergraduate curriculum to enhance career readiness
    • Implementation and consultation with academics, including the linking of work based learning activities with assessments
    • WBPL activities and options
    • Recording of activities, impact and testimonials

    Ben Powell, Work Based and Placement Learning Project Manager, University of Westminster (CONFIRMED)

    Christine Zarb, Work Experience and Recruiter Engagement Manager, University of Westminster (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Pioneering the ‘Employability Pillar’: A Strategic Approach to University-Wide Employability Enhancement

    • Strategic plans for embedding essential employability skills and opportunities across humanities, social sciences, and law programs, despite stereotypical understandings
    • Methods for integrating internships and practical experiences into curricula to boost real-world learning
    • Presenting engagement strategies that mobilise both students and faculty towards a unified goal of enhancing employability
    • Sharing tangible outcomes and successes, highlighting improved employability rates and notable achievements of graduates

    Nicola Tully, Lecturer of Law, Employability and Graduate Skills Lead for the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, University of Dundee (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch

  • Case study: Empowering Futures: The Transformative Impact of Professional Mentoring on Graduate Employability

    • Insights into professional mentoring and its enhancement of key employability skills such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving
    • Strategies for developing the role of mentors in providing career guidance and industry insights, along with the impact on mentees’ self-confidence and motivation
    • Implementing the transition from academia to industry and key elements of effective mentorship programs
    • Addressing challenges within mentorship and outlining best practices for successful professional mentoring

    Ellie Galvin, Mentoring Programme Officer, Birmingham City University (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Fostering Inclusive Employment Opportunities to Support Minority and Disadvantaged Graduates into Work

    • Creating a customised approach to supporting diverse student groups in gaining work experience
    • Implementing tailored workshops and one-on-one advice to assist disadvantaged students career pathways
    • Developing specialised initiatives for care-experienced graduates to provide targeted support and guidance
    • Adapting support and access for disabled students, ensuring equal access to employment opportunities

    Rhianna Garrett, Multiple award-winning PhD studentship researcher, Loughborough University (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 
  • Breakout Networking: Soft Skills Synergy: Strategies for Confidence and Capability in Graduates

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in cultivating soft skills among graduates. This session is to allow you to share your experiences of ensuring students not only enter the job market with robust technical knowledge but with the essential soft skills that employers value highly. Learn from others and foster cross-sector collaboration for innovative solutions.

  • Comfort Break
  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

Sponsorship

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If your products, services, and solutions can support our audiences in their roles, and you want to make connections and generate new business with key stakeholders, decision makers, and influencers, then please contact Chris and Ali today at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here and we will contact you.

Benefits of partnering with us include:

  • Brand awareness: Be seen by a highly targeted and engaged audience before, during, and after the conference.
  • Lead generation: Meet the decision-makers and influencers responsible for making purchasing decisions on cyber security and data protection.
  • Thought leadership: Position your organisation and experts as thought leaders and the ‘go to’ experts.
  • Networking: Make valuable connections with potential new customers and partners across government and the wider public sector
  • Grow your business: Reach decision makers in a single event on just one day and in one location (with no travel/accommodation required), saving you time and money.
  • Gain valuable insights: Hear the latest from key stakeholders in government, and across the public and voluntary sectors.

IMPORTANT: There are only a small number of sponsorship opportunities available to ensure maximum exposure and ROI – contact us today to secure your place.

All packages include:

  • Extensive branding – before, during, after the conference
  • 15-20 min morning speaking session with Q&A
  • Virtual stand to showcase your organisation, products, services, and solutions
  • Opportunities to network during the day
  • Half to full page ad in the E-Guide
  • Banner ad on the virtual events platform
  • Announcement post on LinkedIn
  • Announcement within delegate communication
  • 1-3 delegate places (worth upto £1,947)
  • Access to the delegate details after the event
  • Ongoing exposure through OnDemand (coming soon)

For more information and discuss your specific objectives, please contact Chris and Ali at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here

Virtual vs F2F

Whilst F2F provide better options for networking, there are many distinct advantages of sponsoring our online conferences including:

  • Wider geographical reach of delegates and a different audience who prefer online to f2f
  • Lower sponsorship package costs
  • No travel/accommodation
  • Less time out of the office
  • No stand materials required (lower costs)
  • 1 of only 2 sponsors involved – less competition on the day
  • Prime speaking slot in the morning of the conference including Q&A – less distractions and easier for delegates to hear/absorb information
  • Receive all delegate data after the conference to follow-up directly with those who attend and don’t attend (small % but still key stakeholders)
  • Ongoing exposure via OnDemand access (coming soon)

To find out more and discuss your specific objectives, please contact Chris and Ali at sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form here

Pricing
  • Public Sector : £449+VAT
  • Private Sector : £649+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector : £379+VAT