ISE Scotland & the North regional meeting
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ISE Scotland & the North regional meeting

When: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Where: University of Edinburgh, Lister Learning And Teaching Centre
Room G.13.
5 Roxburgh Place
Edinburgh EH8 9SU
United Kingdom
Contact: Anna Szyperska
020 7033 2460

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ISE Scotland & the North regional meeting


ISE Scotland & the North brings together employers, universities and suppliers across a variety of sectors to support the promotion of early career opportunities in the region. Quarterly meetings are organised by the steering group and all members based in Scotland and the North are very welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions.

Members are invited to bring along non-members to this event to give them an insight into the benefits that ISE membership brings.



11am – Welcome From Jeff Lovejoy, FDM

11:10am - University of Edinburgh >  (Presentation slides only available to ISE members)

“What can we do to bridge the skills gap? University of Edinburgh examples and discussion on what we can do as a community” with Dr Gavin McCabe, Employability Consultancy, University of Edinburgh (and Lucy Everett, Employer Engagement Manager, Careers Service)


11:40am - Blackbridge Communications – Mike Hanbidge and Huw Atkin from Blackbridge Commmunications LTD > (Presentation slides only available to ISE members)

Early careers marketing – developing a campaign to attract the best

Early careers recruitment has never been more complex. From the ever-changing Social Media landscape, to the curveball of Brexit, change is a constant. So how do you keep ahead of the competition to make sure it’s your brand that’s attracting the leaders of tomorrow?

By building a deep understanding of your audience, your competitors, and the latest market trends. By delivering exciting creative campaigns that make you stand out. And by breaking through with memorable experiential activity on-campus.

We’re Blackbridge. One of the UK’s leading recruitment marketing agencies, we have extensive experience in the world of early careers attraction. Join our Directors Finn Lynch and Ben Nunn, and we’ll share our insights into the current student audience, along with practical ideas on how to create and deliver research-led campaigns that get results.


12:10pm - Innovations and the future for Early Talent >  (Presentation slides only available to ISE members)

Speaker: Simon Reichwald – Strategic Lead for Emerging Talent at MyKindaFuture and Hon VP at ISE (with a focus on apprenticeships)

Selection (with a focus on candidate experience) and On-Boarding

And how technology is being used across these two, with employer case studies

Trends around leveraging work experience as more of a feeder for apprenticeships

Update on the ISE’s work on supporting members in achieving ‘apprenticeship excellence’ and what you want going forward.


1:10pm - University of Edinburgh Student Panel and working Lunch

Topic – Early careers attraction form a student perspective.

2pm - Finish


The meeting is kindly hosted by University of Edinburgh. You can find more information on the venue here:



  • 'ISE's Scotland & the North Regional meetings are a friendly, informative and creative space to learn from fellow employers, suppliers and educational institutions. I've instantly connected with fellow ISE's members during these sessions, and find the various speakers really insightful. I genuinely come away feeling inspired to introduce and achieve new and innovative practises in my organisation.' - University of Edinburgh
  • 'I found the event informative and insightful. I took away ideas which could help me and my team to better engage with both students and employers. This was the first time I have attended this event and will defiantly try to attend in the future.' - York St John University
  • 'An extremely engaging and thought provoking session with fellow early careers professionals. Would highly recommend to anyone who is working in this space.' - Anonymous

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