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Recruitment Conference 2021 - Call for Content

Recruitment Conference 2021 - Call for Content

A key part of the conference agenda are the breakout sessions delivered by ISE members. The planning team have created a broad set of themes that address the key issues faced by employers, educators and suppliers.

We are keen to receive submissions from members that address one of the following topics in an interesting and informative way.


Theme 1: Matching candidate experience and expectations

Building a great candidate experience that matches a student’s expectation with an employer’s needs is easier said than done.

We are seeking sessions that explore:

  • What are students really looking for from employers – is it salary, flexibility, progression or training?
  • Student aspirations for their development – do they want to be on a training program that lasts two years or two months?
  • How can employers deliver to the expectations they create by ensuring recruitment and development teams work together?
  • What does our industry do well and what do we need to do differently?
  • How to measure student satisfaction with the candidate experience?

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Theme 2: The big challenges

With Brexit now a reality, we need to solve the structural problems still present in the student recruitment market.

We are seeking sessions that explore:

  • How can we solve the urgent digital skills shortage to meet the needs of the economy?
  • Regional recruitment: what are the challenges and solutions?
  • What are the problems and opportunities created by Brexit and changes to international visa and immigration rules?
  • With many members facing smaller budgets, how to think creatively and doing more with less?
  • How to influence, make a convincing business case and get heard when managing stakeholders?
  • What new skills and mindsets do early talent recruiters need so they don’t become overly dependent on process?

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Theme 3: The changing early talent landscape

Faced with multiple early talent entry routes – graduates, apprentices, T-Level students, interns and placements – many employers are struggling to form a comprehensive talent strategy.

We are seeking sessions that explore:

  • The impact non-graduate entry routes having on the student recruitment market
  • How can employers create a comprehensive early talent strategy?
  • What counts – how to use the levy effectively?
  • How large employers can support SMEs through levy sharing?
  • How can employers reach students in schools and colleges?

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Theme 4: Exploring new talent pools

With full employment, fewer 18-21 year-olds in the population and the business case for diversity proven, more than ever, employers need to diversify their recruitment practices.

We are seeking sessions that explore:

  • What does intersectionality mean for delivering a broad diversity strategy?
  • How to recruit students from neurodiverse backgrounds?
  • How to reach 2nd jobbers and mature students?
  • What can be done to engage students who don’t engage with careers services?
  • How to build confidence in candidates from a lower social economic background?
  • How to make the most of employee referrals and maximise employee advocacy?
  • How to build truly inclusive workplaces so that the diverse candidates who get in get on?

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Theme 5: Transitions into work: education and employer partnerships

As students progress through school, university and into work we need to build partnerships that help them transition into work.

We are seeking sessions that explore:

  • How employers, universities and schools can develop productive meaningful partnerships?
  • Where do university and employer’s match to meet their strategic objectives and need for ROI?
  • How can universities and schools work smarter and more creatively with employers?
  • How can university, employer and student partnerships grow post-employment?

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Please note the following prior to submitting your session outline:

  • All speakers will be required to purchase a ticket for the event - by submitting you agree to this requirement.

  • Preference will be given to sessions which are employer-led by which we mean a minimum of 80% of the session is delivered by the employer. The other 20% of the session may be delivered by a supplier or educator partner. 

  • A maximum of two submissions per organisation.


How to submit a proposal

An online form has been set up for each of the themes - please click on the theme heading to access this form.