Sheffield Hallam university-graduate recruitment is on the RISE
- Published: Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00
- Written by Sheffield Hallam University
Graduate recruitment schemes can deliver more than the massive corporate recruitment drives of global law firms and banks.
And whilst that route works for some, a Sheffield-based scheme aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to recruit the next generation of talent is yielding great results.
The RISE: Sheffield scheme is a partnership between the city’s two universities and Sheffield City Council.
It follows a similar model to a corporate graduate recruitment scheme, but is aimed specifically at helping smaller local companies to recruit graduates into paid graduate placement roles.
Graduates have taken placements in manufacturing and IT companies, charities and other businesses. Many have taken full time professional and managerial roles after their placements. RISE internships has to date created employment for 200 graduates.
Conor Moss, Director of education and employer partnerships, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) said:
“The RISE: Sheffield scheme has begun to transform the graduate market in Sheffield, creating a thriving city-wide community of engagement between graduates and growth SMEs.”
“RISE demonstrates the successes that can be achieved when academia and industry collaborate and innovate to help businesses find the best talent. SMEs often find it difficult to attract high calibre graduates, and RISE provides a perfect opportunity to promote SMEs as an attractive graduate destination.”
Kieran Lomax a SHU Games Software Development graduate took up the role of Graduate Developer for Team Cooper building ‘digital amusements’ such as online games and Facebook applications for a range of broadcasters and brands, including the BBC, Nickelodeon and BSkyB. The company was founded in 2006 and has ten employees.
Kieran enjoyed working in an SME as he quickly become involved in different projects and “because of this you get to learn a lot in a very short space of time!
The most exciting thing probably was the work I did to help the company develop a game for Nickelodeon’s ‘Addicted Games’ website. The company pitched the idea and I was part of the team that carried this work right the way through from conception to delivery.”
Tim Cooper, Managing Director of Team Cooper: “We employ graduates as we find that they are cost effective and we enjoy training them to become technical staff. We also find that graduates help us to critically question our own thought processes which in turn helps to make our processes more efficient and effective.”
A recent independent study into the first 50 RISE internships found the programme supports business growth as well as graduate employment in Sheffield. The first 50 placements generated an economic impact of £1.34m GVA (Gross Value Added) for the city economy.
The scheme also boasts an intern-to-permanent-position conversion rate of 85 per cent, outperforming many other graduate initiatives.
In the study, the majority of SMEs stated they would not have employed a graduate in the absence of RISE or would have been unable to find the right quality of graduate.