RMP Enterprise was set up by three entrepreneurs: Ali Lindsay, Oliver Sidwell and Chris Wickson. Here they share their story...
We struggled to find placements in 2005. There were various local jobs on pin-boards within the university and websites with just graduate jobs. It was no surprise that when we eventually found our placements, we weren’t well suited to the roles and had mixed experiences of our years in industry.
And we weren’t alone. Hundreds of thousands of students were graduating each year without relevant work experience - the main competency graduate employers were striving to find on CV’s. The market was broken.
Since graduating with an idea and a dream, we’ve revolutionised the early talent market with our peer-to-peer approach. Today, we’re the experts in early talent attraction, helping employers across the UK attract the next generation of young people taking the first steps in their career.
2006 The big idea whilst on placement!
2007 Launched RateMyPlacement.co.uk after scoping idea in final year of university
2008 Finalists in HSBC Unipreneurs competition with Peter Jones
2009 Quit graduate jobs and landed £150k investment
2010 Moved into our first office and hired first full-time staff
2010 Won award for 'Best Niche Job Board'
2011 Launched On-Campus Promotions
2011 Won £50,000 in Barclays 'Take One Small Step' Competition
2012 Launched RMP Connect
2013 Took a plunge and launched RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk into the schools market
2014 Launched Campus Events as part of On-Campus Promotions
2015 Launch of 'A School Leaver's Guide to Career Options'
2016 We went international! First overseas Campus Event in Milan
2017 RMP Enterprise turned 10 years old!
2017 Early Talent Pipeline methodology launched
2018 We hit a monumental 50,000 reviews on RateMyPlacement
We're also a corporate sponsor of charity Centrepoint. Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK. They aim to give homeless young people a future and we want to end youth homelessness.