Posted by Lizzie ● 2 November 2016

Celebrating successes in undergraduate recruitment

With only a week to go until nominations close in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017, Director of RMP Enterprise, Oliver Sidwell, gives his thoughts on why it's never been more important to celebrate the work that goes on in the undergraduate recruitment market.

"What a rollercoaster year 2016 has been. The media have had a field day. Politically we've ingested all the implications of Brexit and the at times farcical US election debate, on the back pages we've unearthed drugs scandals in athletics and uncovered the England football manager admitting to bribery, and in the gossip columns discovered the sad news that Brangelina is no more... What chaos. How are we all able to cross the road in the morning?

Amidst all of the hullabaloo, recently the PR columns in our wonderful early careers recruitment world, have highlighted some good news in the continued rise of internships as a successful method of recruitment. 

"Nearly three quarters (73%) of graduate employers hired interns this year, offering 9,390 internships, representing a 13% year-on-year increase in vacancies"

Having spent the last nine years growing RMP and championing the investment in talent of forward-thinking employers in first and second year recruitment, this article was a welcome headline in the myriad of 2016's perplexity.

"An average of 45% of 2015 interns went on to secure graduate jobs in the same company this year"

The beauty of this statistic is it's consistency with results we announced at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in March, which stated that across all Top Undergraduate Employers - offering over 20,000 vacancies - the average retention rate of undergraduates returning as graduates was 51%. With the growing momentum and such positive news for undergraduates, there's no better time to start thinking about how you or your students could feature as part of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE) in February 2017.

Rewarding and celebrating excellence across all stakeholders in undergraduate work experience,  the NUE Awards provide the benchmark for the mavens of the undergraduate world to aspire to. With 17 categories for employers, universities and students, the deadline for entering a nomination for the NUE Awards is Friday 11th November. If you run an undergraduate programme, have an objective to put your scheme on the map, or just fancy attending, get in touch and we can explain more. We promise to keep the conversation positive and won't mention Brad. What was he thinking?!"

To find out more and to nominate in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2017, visit the website here. Be quick though as the deadline for all nominations is Friday 11th November. Good luck!

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