Half of employers in the public sector are reporting hard-to-fill vacancies currently, according to a 2023 CIPD report. Strikes, labour shortages and the cost-of-living crisis have all contributed to this issue, while the move to remote working for many organisations has transformed staff needs. Recruitment processes and marketing campaigns have had to adapt to a new style of working to ensure high-quality talent is not missed or lost. Recruitment teams are also realising the need to embed diversity into recruitment practices to reach a wider range of applicants and to drive a positive candidate experience. Through sharing best practice on tackling these challenges and proven solutions, HR practitioners can work together to improve recruitment pathways.

  • 45% of employers in the public sector predicted there would be considerable difficulties filling positions over the next six months
  • 40% of private sector employers also reported hard-to-fill vacancies and 23% predicted substantial challenges filling vacancies in the next six months
  • 60% the education sector and 55% in healthcare sector claim they are currently experiencing difficulty filling job roles

(CIPD, 2023)

Join us at the Recruitment in the Workplace Conference 2024 to hear the latest guidance and recommendations for transforming recruitment processes from experts across HR and organisational development. You will hear a variety of case studies showcasing a range of key topics, including delivering a successful recruitment marketing campaign, reaching a wider range of applicants and ensuring inclusive recruitment. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the HR sector to share and address common recruitment challenges.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes and updates from leading recruitment experts on complying with key protocols and processes
✓ Successful case studies demonstrating a range of strategies for widening talent pathways and improving candidate quality
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the HR sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Local Authorities, Voluntary, and Education and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

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

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Romain Muhammad, Founder, Diversify (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Key Guidance on Achieving Best Practice Recruitment Protocols and Processes

    • Insights into complying with discrimination and data protection laws throughout the recruitment process
    • Using protected characteristics to help disadvantaged and underrepresented groups and widen talent pools: key tips
    • Sharing the most engaging and impactful language to use when advertising job roles
    • Tools for identifying who is best to lead interviews and reducing scope for discrimination

    Dan Ellis, People Director, Acas (invited)

  • Keynote: Implementing Diverse Recruitment Methods to Attract a Wide Pool of Applicants

    • Recommendations for creating a recruitment strategy that includes multiple, non-traditional outreach methods
    • Forming links with local colleges, universities and job centres to attract local talent and marginalised applicants
    • Advice on using employee referral schemes alongside other recruitment methods to ensure a diverse range of applicants apply
    • Developing successful relationships with recruitment services and agencies to get the most out of external expertise

    Sukhy Carey, Talent Acquisition Manager, CIPD (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Using Innovative, Digital Tools to Improve the Candidate Experience  

    • Securing senior buy-in to transform more traditional approaches to recruitment and assessment
    • Upskilling HR professionals to ensure effective delivery of the hiring programme and that applicants feel supported
    • Utilising technology to introduce a fairer, strengths-based approach for applicants that allows them to act more authentically
    • Collecting feedback from assessors and candidates through surveys to continually evaluate and improve the process
    • Sharing outcomes from the process and areas to improve upon moving forward

    Helen Wickes, Education and Workplace Relationship Manager and Lizi Green, Digital Inclusion Consultant, AbilityNet (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Delivering a Place-Based Recruitment Strategy to Increase the Number of Applicants        

    • Guidance on embedding place-based recruitment into overall recruitment and retention strategies
    • Tips for identifying local workforce gaps within the community to inform and tailor job advertisements
    • Running specific programmes, training and work placements to attract and support unemployed young people into entry-level roles
    • Working in partnership with local community organisations to reach more talent and promote opportunities to a wider pool

    Andy Wells, Career and Professional Development Lead, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Making the Transition to In-House: Building Recruitment Capacity From the Ground Up

    • Strategies for developing and retaining your recruitment workforce
    • Developing relationships with partner organisations to provide external recruitment assistance
    • Guidance on designing careers website and marketing videos to improve digital presence

    Jenna Barrell, Recruitment Practice Manager, Essex County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Panel: Practical Approaches to Deliver an Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Process

    • Best practice initiatives to attract a diverse pool of applicants
    • Solutions to tackle and mitigate against unconscious bias during the interview and application process
    • Sharing insights into when and how best to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities or neurodiversity
    • Attendees will be invited to ask questions

    Harbhajan Brar, Director of Human Resources, Imperial College London (invited)

    Gerardo Faratro, Talent and Recruitment Officer, Lincolnshire Housing Partnership (CONFIRMED)

    Zara McArdle, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Lincolnshire Police (invited)


  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Solutions for Filling Vacancies

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in reaching a wider audience and higher quality candidates. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Developing an Inclusive Recruitment Process to Improve Equality of Opportunity for Candidates

    • Designing an inclusive recruitment welcome pack for interviewees to improve transparency
    • Upskilling staff through neurodiversity training to ensure a high degree of organisational awareness of EDI provisions
    • Engaging neurodiverse student researchers to monitor the effectiveness and experience of inclusivity measures

    Eleri Kyffin, AELD Manager, University of Westminster (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Strategies for Ensuring a Smooth Remote Hiring and Interview Process

    • Key considerations for implementing remote selection methods that effectively allow interviewers to determine the suitability of candidates
    • Training staff to be competent in using video calling software and other necessary online recruitment tools
    • Communication tools to support applicants to successfully take part in remote interviews and have a smooth experience
    • Adapting recruitment tasks to be effective online and allow the applicant to demonstrate their abilities

    Lee McNally, Head of HR Operations and Recruitment, Queen Mary University of London (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be HR professionals and leaders involved in recruitment.

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

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


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  • Private Sector: £649+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

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