In the graduate recruitment space, understanding the student audience, and meeting their expectations both in terms of the salary and company benefits is essential to attract the most suitable candidates. At trendence, we help employers optimise their recruitment campaigns, by providing insights into students’ expectations from their first job. Every year we survey thousands of students from more than 120 institutions, across all year groups, asking about their preferred employers, career areas, but also about their personal and professional expectations at their start of their career.
The topic of the last Breakfast News was mental wellbeing. We all know that young people can become anxious about applying to, and being assessed for, jobs. But what precisely is generating that anxiety? This was the main focus of our Student Anxiety Study where we explored job-related anxieties and their implications for different groups of students.
As the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) moves into its third year, universities and students are becoming more familiar with the government’s new university rating system. With the year 2 ratings released in June 2017, the majority of HE providers in the UK now have a Gold, Silver, or Bronze TEF rating.
A consortium of students’ unions have come together to better understand what students across the UK think of TEF and of ‘teaching excellence’. Together with trendence UK, they have conducted the UK’s largest research project to date on students’ views of the TEF metrics.
Findings at a glance:
• There is strong support amongst students for a government exercise that encourages excellence in teaching (84% agree).
The 2017 ASET conference focused on the role of international placements and work opportunities in supporting students to work in multinational and multicultural organizations across the UK and the world. Whilst we know that employers value students with a diverse work experience background, at trendence we are passionate about understanding how students envision the global workplace and international placements. We ran a snap survey and in 48 hours we collected 350+ responses that provided us rich qualitative data.
We were delighted to attend the CASE Europe Annual Conference, where we co-hosted with Inspiring Futures a presentation on when students start making career-related decisions, how they make these decisions and why doing a degree is still their default option.
trendence and Accenture have come together this year at the AGR conference in Brighton to demonstrate how research is being practically used to adjust and refine university targeting strategies, and how taking a data-first approach to setting targets (especially diversity goals and apprentice recruitment figures) can be invaluable for senior management.
Here are some key points from our session:
#1: Adjusting your university targeting strategy is one of the most efficient ways to improve diversity
Gender differences in the workplace are well-documented with an increasing number of employers adopting a pro-active approach to combat gender biases and offer all employees equal opportunities. However, gender differences still persist, as even from an early age students are aware and respond to these issues. For the last 17 years, trendence has been carrying out Graduate surveys, assessing students' perceptions of the workplace and what they expect from their first employer.
The Apprenticeship Levy has the potential to provoke a seismic shift in the way early talent recruitment works in the UK, and employers are preparing to respond.
BPP and trendence have collaborated in order to survey 100 of the Guardian UK 300 employers and bring you the Apprenticeship Levy Study. We asked employers to tell us about their apprenticeship strategies in great detail: how will the levy affect their operating model? What about cost management? Attraction strategy? Other early talent programs? How do recruitment professionals feel about the levy?
A poll of over 2,300 students has found that almost a third (29%) of UK-based international students have changed their post-graduation plans as a direct result of the Brexit vote.
The survey, conducted by trendence UK, showed that many international students who were intending to find employment in the UK after graduation are now considering employment either in their home country or elsewhere in the EU.
Overseas students currently account for around a fifth of the UK higher education student body. The reason given was the post-Brexit fear of being unable to secure a job after graduation, or at least the reluctance to go through additional hurdles to secure a working visa, compared to the current working provisions provided by EU members.