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Thursday 31st January

Sourcing Talent: How to Find, Select and Keep the Best Graduates (Sheffield)

Date: Thursday 31 January 2019
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, S1 2BQ

Whether you’re successful at recruiting graduates or completely new to the world of graduate recruitment, this Masterclass will share the best ways to attract and recruit in the early-careers candidate market.

Taking insights from corporate employers, the third sector and SMEs, we will show you how small and medium-sized businesses can use their size to their advantage and compete with big businesses to attract top graduate talent.

Though the Masterclass will primarily focus on attracting top-calibre graduates to your business, we will also discuss selection methods and how to develop and retain your graduate employees.

The Masterclass will cover graduate recruitment in all sectors, from Engineering to IT, Marketing to Fundraising, and everything in between.

What are the benefits to my business?

You can expect a hands-on Masterclass that will utilise real case studies and give you some useful resources to take back to your business. Taking a knowledge-sharing approach, we will help you answer some common questions in graduate recruitment, based around attraction, selection and retention of graduates.

  • Why hire graduates? The graduate skillset, misconceptions and opportunities
  • What graduates want, and what you should pay them
  • Working effectively with universities
  • Writing attractive job adverts
  • Application forms, video interviews, assessment centres, work-sample tests or interviews – selection methods that will maximise success
  • Developing and keeping your graduates using appraisals, L&D, stretch projects and mentoring.

Who is leading it?

The workshop will be facilitated by Gabi Binnie, Project Consultant with Gradconsult, an independent consultancy that specialises in graduate recruitment and employability.

Gabi has substantial experience recruiting and developing graduates across a broad range of businesses, from SMEs to large national corporates. She currently manages RISE SCR, a corporate-style graduate recruitment programme for SMEs across the Sheffield City Region, and has screened and assessed hundreds of graduates across a huge spectrum of disciplines, from Engineering to Digital Marketing.

Gabi also works closely with SMEs across the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire regions to assist them with attraction, selection and retention of students and graduates; and is studying for a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology.

Who is the Masterclass for?

The Masterclass is for all growing SMEs in the Sheffield City Region that want to, or are already, hiring graduates. It is equally suited to a HR professional within an SME, as to an expert Marketer/Analyst/Engineer/etc who has been tasked with bringing new talent into their business.


Q/ How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

A/ Email

Q/ Do I need to bring anything on the day?
A/ Copies of current graduate-level job adverts would be helpfu,l but not essential

Q/ What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
A/ Paid parking is available beside the venue in a multi storey car park. There are numerous parking facilities around the city centre close to the venue.

Q/ I would like to bring a colleague, is this ok?

A/ No, only one attendee per company is permitted.

Q/ Will refreshments be provided?

A/ Hot and cold drinks will be provided


Only one registration per business via Eventbrite will be confirmed. If additional people from your business would like to attend, they can be added to a waiting list by emailing with the business name, name of additional attendee and contact telephone number. If this Masterclass isn’t fully subscribed upon the closure of registrations, we will contact you to offer the additional place. The waiting list will be prioritised on a first come first served basis. Businesses that register more than one attendee via Eventbrite will be contacted and asked to nominate one person to attend.

This Masterclass is open to small and medium-sized enterprises based in the Sheffield City Region. If you are unsure whether you fall into this region you can use the postcode checker.

A part of your business must be based in one of the following districts: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire. Rotherham or Sheffield.

Find out if your business meets the definition for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME).

Please note that if your firm that is part of a larger Group you may need to include staff headcount, turnover, balance sheet data for the Group too, to ascertain whether it is eligible.

We are pleased to be able to provide this masterclass free of charge due to funding from the European Regional Development Fund. There are a number of eligibility criteria for attendees which we will check using the online registration questions and in a phone call to every attendee prior to the event.

More Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project Masterclasses.

Contact us for more information.

This event will be delivered by the ‘Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project’ that is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The project, for high-growth businesses in the Sheffield City Region, aims to increase their competitiveness and so help them grow and prosper.