Let’s talk recruitment. What’s the most effective way to get the best young talent into your organisation? Traditionally, graduate-hiring schemes were the tried and tested methods, with graduate fairs a common fixture in every academic and office calendar. With hiked tuition fees causing a drop in applicants in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), what can organisations do to find top class students? To unearth enthusiastic young minds, which aren’t tainted by previous work experience, businesses should look further to colleges and sixth forms where the raw talent lies.
An internship and apprentice programme could be the solution, but it’s not as simple as transferring an existing graduate scheme. Companies need to consider their whole approach when targeting different groups of individuals. Graduates have expectations and, with these expectations in mind, companies have formed programmes based on this. Placement students in between their second third year are looking for valuable work experience, whilst learning the practical application of the theory they’ve been taught at university. Graduates aren’t looking for theoretical approaches; they’ve finished their degree and want to start a career with a competitive salary and responsibility.
Apprentices and interns require guidance through real life experience without all the theory; achieving a valued qualification in the process. That’s a whole lot of diversity. After developing a successful placement programme at SilverDoor, we’ve decided to create more opportunities by unveiling three new schemes designed for graduates, interns and apprentices – this way we’ll bring in talent from all levels. By identifying the talent at an early stage, you’re giving the individual and the company the opportunity to grow together. All you need to do now is compile a comprehensive brochure that provides each group with all the information they need. This can range from application criteria to their everyday responsibilities in the office. It’s up to you how you do it.