Recruitment Fairs Report 1.1

Recruitment Fairs 2016

Recruitment Fairs 2016

Online Guide

 For 2016 we introduced a new online e-guide for our Recruitment Fairs, which allowed students to access the guide digitally, connect with companies on LinkedIn and research companies in advance of the Fairs. The guide was shared on Futurehub and over social media. Students could download the guide and perform key word searches using this new digital platform.  For the Clifton Placement and Graduate Fair, we trialled using an online fair guide only, without printing hard copies on the day. We provided students with a list of exhibitors on the day and encouraged students to refer to the e- guide. Students seemed comfortable accessing the guide digitally.

Video Profiles

 We successfully trialled online video profiles in our Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair e-guide. This provided employers the opportunity to include a short video clip and promote their opportunities and organisation in an interactive way. Several organisations shared their online videos profiles in the e-guide.

Introduction of new events

 In 2016 we successfully introduced the first Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair at our Clifton Campus, the event was developed to meet student demand for events across campuses. We now have two established Recruitment Fairs at our Clifton Campus, which provide a fantastic platform for employers to meet our talented students, across a wide range of disciplines.

Event Management

 We fully managed all Recruitment Fairs on Futurehub, allowing staff and student’s access to up to date information regarding employer bookings.  For the City Recruitment Fairs we introduced a new central entrance point for visitors, which allowed a better flow of student traffic. We strategically moved the You First stand to the entrance point, ensuring students were greeted by the Employability team.  We provided regular updates to the team through our monthly staff comms “What’s on” email, sharing the latest employer bookings, introducing our new e-guides and employer video profiles.  We introduced monthly meetings with the new Employability Adviser Coordinator team to ensure student communications were consistent across campuses.  Recruitment fairs were promoted to employers over the NTU talent pages, social media and the employer WWY E- Zine. Fairs were also promoted to employers on external websites including AGCAS, Prospects and the Association of Graduate Recruiters. Marketing & Communications

Employer Survey

 We used the 2016 employer survey to create leads for case studies. We asked exhibitors if they have had successfully recruited a placement student or graduate from NTU and if they would be willing to share this with us. This has generated a high number of leads, which the team will pursue.

City Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair

Number of Exhibitors

Number of Students

115

2218

Online e-guide - Number of views

1741

Student Attendance by School Nottingham Business School

Count

1148

Art and Design Social Sciences

295 200 139 117

Nottingham Law School Science and Technology Arch Design and Built Envi

96 93 18

Arts and Humanities

Nottingham Institute Education Animal Rural and Env Science

7 3 1

(no category)

BLSS - Graduate School

Education

1 2118

Student Attendance by Year of Study

Count

1st year 2 nd year 3rd year

547 662 579

4th year (this is a combination of final years and postgraduate students)

303

(no category)

3 2094 88 2182

Manual Sign in

Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair

Number of Exhibitors

Number of Students

106

559

Online e-guide - Number of views

854

Student Attendance by School Arch Design and Built Environment

Count

480

Nottingham Business School Nottingham Law School

57

9 5 4 2 1

Art and Design Social Sciences

Animal Rural and Env Science

Arts and Humanities Science and Technology

1 559

Student Attendance by Year of Study

Count

1 st year 2 nd year 3rd year

181 232

52

4th year (this is a combination of final years and postgraduate students)

94 559

Science and Technology Recruitment Fair

Number of Exhibitors

Number of Students

41

635

Online e-guide - Number of views

366

Student Attendance by School

Count

Science and Technology Arts and Humanities

603

12

Nottingham Institute Education

9 3 3 1 1 1 1

Social Sciences

Animal Rural and Env Science Arch Design and Built Envi

Art and Design

BLSS - Graduate School

Nottingham Business School Nottingham Law School

1 635

Student Attendance by Year of Study

Count

1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

182 235 161 57 635

Clifton Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair

Number of Exhibitors

Number of Students

30

491

Online e-guide - Number of views

407

Student Attendance by School

Count

Arts and Humanities Science and Technology 93 Nottingham Institute Education 47 Nottingham Business School 9 Nottingham Law School 2 Art and Design 2 Social Sciences 1 491 337

Student Attendance by Year of Study

Count

1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

127 176 165 23 491

Employer Feedback

City Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair

How would you rate today's fair?

Very good - 54% Good – 42% Neutral - 2% Poor – 2%

How would you rate the overall calibre of students attending today's fair?

Very good - 38% Good - 52% Neutral – 6% Poor – 2% Very poor - 2%

Please describe your highlight(s) from today's event?

“Fantastically well organised, really busy and some great candidates” – Rebecca Owen, Castle Recruitment Solutions

“Speaking with potential employees and next generation workers” - Tom Nash, Recticel

“We had a significant number of hires from this university” - Denisa Kopecka, BDO LLP

“Speaking to many engaged and willing students that are passionate about their university, degree and their future. Hopefully we have persuaded a few students to apply for our graduate roles” - George Holland, Bakkavor

“Meeting keen students with an interest in software and technology” - Robin Cox, Esendex

Employer Feedback

Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair

How would you rate today's fair?

Very good - 47% Good - 42% Neutral - 5% Poor - 5%

How would you rate the overall calibre of students attending today's fair?

Very good - 34% Good – 61% Neutral - 3% Poor - 3%

Please describe your highlight(s) from today's event?

“Meeting passionate students and graduates” - Lisa Warden, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd

“The sheer number of students we got to speak to who were interested in LSH, we collected contact details from a record 100 students” - Mark Winsor, Lambert Smith Hampton

“Volume of students willing to engage and listen about our business and hear what we have to say” - James Foster, DBK Partners Ltd

“We spoke to many students, who came across very well and most were studying a suitable degree to apply for one of our positions. We also won a prize for having the best stand, which was very unexpected” - Michelle Fairbairn, John Rowan and Partners

Employer Feedback

Science and Technology Recruitment Fair

How would you rate today's fair?

Very good - 18% Good – 59% Neutral - 23% Poor – 0%

How would you rate the overall calibre of students attending today's fair?

How would you rate the overall calibre of students attending today's fair?

Very good - 15% Good - 62% Neutral – 21% Poor - 3%

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%

Very good

Good

Neutral

Poor

Please describe your highlight(s) from today's event?

“We had some really engaging conversations with students. Following our presence at the fair, we believe students will think outside of the box into industries, which do not stereotypically offer careers in their area of interest. It was rewarding to have so many positive conversations about our opportunities and to see genuine interest from the students” - Bradley West, Nationwide Building Society

“Meeting with ambitious students” - Kumar Contractor, Dunelm

“Good position of stand and staff super friendly and organised” - Karen Standard, Sumo Digital

Employer Feedback

Clifton Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair

How would you rate today's fair?

Very good - 60% Good - 20% Neutral – 20% Poor – 0%

How would you rate the overall calibre of students attending today's fair?

Very good – 55% Good – 30% Neutral – 15% Poor - 0%

Please describe your highlight(s) from today's event?

“Great working relationship with employability team and great students” - Rebecca Buck, Galleries of Justice Museum

“The students we spoke to were very engaging and passionate” - James Seymour, Advanced

“Speaking with lecturers who were interested in discussing our opportunities with their students” - Natasha Zielinski, UK Soccer International

“Talking to a mix of interested and engaged students” - Sam Miles, Step Enterprise

Reflections, Recommendations, Actions and Issues

 Wi-Fi was an issue at the City and Clifton Campuses leading to employers not being able to log into the NTU Wi-Fi.

Action: We contacted ITS Support on the day; they said that there were too many people trying to connect to the network. We have not had this issue at previous events. We will liaise with ITS again before the Law Fair in January

 There is a concern with the tablets used to scan student’s attendance due to the connectivity being lost. We contacted ITS Support who confirmed signal strength is not the issue; it was narrowed down to the inbuilt Wi-Fi speed capacity of the (now old) tablet devices.

Action : The tablets have been tweaked to the designated psk Wi-Fi connection. We can in addition purchase an app for £1.50ish for each tablet that prevents it trying to switch from psk Wi-Fi to the NTU Wi-Fi.

 We created a QR code to direct students to the online e-guide; unfortunately, students mistook this for an attendance login barcode, leading to recorded numbers being lower for the Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair (26/10/16)

Action : In future, we are going to use a short URL linking students to the relevant Futurehub Events page, where they can access the online e-guide.

 Due to issues with production of the Science and Technology Fair banner by marketing, the banner was late and did not go up until the day of the event.

Action: We will meet with the student comms team and discuss whether a dated banner is still necessary for the two Clifton events as we don’t create them for any of the other fairs and progress accordingly.

 An Exhibitor brought a larger stand than agreed, creating a blockage restricting view and entry to LT025 and LT026 at the Science and Technology Fair. This effected footfall to Exhibitors stands in this area. Due to the layout of the Pavilion and the limited useable space for events, we feel these rooms are key areas for maintaining exhibitor numbers

Action: For next year’s fair, we will trial removing stands positioned in front of LT025 and LT026, allowing better accessibility for students, avoiding crowding and congestion.

 A positive issue was that four employers who we were not expecting arrived at the Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair.

Action: We reconfigured the stand plan to accommodate these additional employers. We have since investigated the booking procedure to identify any irregularities and have taken appropriate action.

 Due to the development of the online e guide, we have now identified that we need the fair guide covers, designed and readily available to us at an earlier point in the year.

Action: We are negotiating with central marketing re development and lead times for production of covers.

Recruitment Fair dates 2017/18

2017

Nottingham Law School Law Fair - Wednesday 25 January 2017

City Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair - Tuesday 7 March 2017

City Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair - Wednesday 25 October 2017

Property, Design and Construction Recruitment Fair - Wednesday 1 November 2017

Science and Technology (STEM) Recruitment Fair - Tuesday 14 November 2017

Clifton Placement and Graduate Recruitment Fair - Tuesday 21 November 2017

2018

Nottingham Law School, Law Fair - Wednesday 24 th January 2018

Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair - Tuesday 6th March 2018

Events planning

Although we can book space with Estates for the large central areas a year in advance we cannot book corresponding lecture theaters. Periods where bookings can be made for non-teaching events are as follows:

Booking Period

Open for room bookings from

1: 1 August 2017 – 31 December 2017

3 July 2017

2: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2018

1 November 2017

3: 1 April 2018 – 31 July 2018

1 March 2018

Note: the space has been confirmed with Estates for these events

Employability Team Nottingham Trent University City site Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 4BU Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4175 Email : employability.events@ntu.ac.uk

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