UWE employment fair bucks economic trend

Issue date: 21 September 2009

Meet the Employers Fair 2009 Thousands of students and graduates at the University of the West of England are set to meet employers and organisations at the UWE 'Meet the Employers Fair' on 8 October 2009.

This year's event will bring a record number of 80 employers and 19 volunteer organisations onto UWE's Frenchay Campus, despite the current economic climate.

Organiser Tim Bateman says the Fair will be the best yet, “This is the largest recruitment event ever to take place at UWE. Those attending will have the opportunity to speak directly to employers about career and placement opportunities. It's an ideal training ground for students to rehearse and develop their skills at presenting themselves as an employee prospect. Even first year students, at a less advanced stage in their career plans, can use the fair to research the job market to identify how their talents might be best employed.”

“We also have a number of volunteer organisations taking part this year, which provides another excellent route for students to acquire skills that will make them more employable.”

The Meet the Employers Fair welcomes all undergraduate students and recent graduates.

UWE Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West will open the Fair on 8 October at 09.00.

Participating organisations include Airbus. Michael Fleming, Head of HR - Employment, Training and Competence at Airbus in the UK says, “This fair is an excellent way for us to make direct contact with students who are interested in the aerospace industry and looking for their first career move into it. UWE has always been a good source of talented, highly-motivated graduates for Airbus' Direct Entry Graduate Programme, as well as undergraduates for our Internships.”

Stephanie Lee of Intel Corporation UK Ltd says, “This UWE recruiting event is part of our strategic talent acquisition plan for Intel to find quality undergraduates and graduates as we are able to make direct contact with students who are looking for a long-term placement or their first career move.”

Brigadier Mike Smith, Army Careers Adviser for Wessex says, “We need to be able to access the pool of talent of new graduates, and this is an excellent way for us to showcase what a career with the Army could be like. We are happy to talk to any students who are looking for a challenging but rewarding career to come along and get advice on their career aspirations.”

Students also found the event very helpful. Nicholas Claessen, a final year student, who came to last year's event said, “Last year's Fair allowed me to speak face-to-face with representatives from a wide range of companies. Furthermore, current graduates employed by the companies were often on hand to discuss their experiences, providing an alternative perspective of graduate employment.”

Jonathan Darling, another final year UWE student from last year said, “The Fair was a big help to me finding a placement for 2008 and I will certainly be visiting the fair this year with a view to finding a graduate position.”

For further details on the event,see: Meet the Employers Fair

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