1000's expected at UWE's Meet the Employers Fair

Issue date: 07 October 2010

UWE Over 100 businesses and voluntary organisations have signed up to take part in the UWE Meet the Employers Fair on Thursday 14 October. The Fair will be held in the fantastic new Exhibition and Conference Centre on UWE's ever expanding Frenchay Campus.

Meet the employers presents a unique chance to find out more from businesses, voluntary organisations and charities about the range of opportunities for employment in the region.

Aimed primarily at students, but open to all, the fair includes representatives from companies of all sizes. So far 130 organisations are going to take part making this the largest event of its kind in any institution outside London. Sarah Bambridge, event organiser on UWE's Careers team enthuses, “Despite the recession it appears that employers are still very keen to meet new potential recruits. Last year we attracted 99 employers and almost 4,000 students. This event is likely to be even more popular.”

John Clarke, Deputy Head of Student Services, concurs, “By utilising relationships with UWE's many partners we are being proactive in these very difficult and challenging times. Within the wider context of employment support at UWE that currently includes internships, a graduate development programme; volunteering opportunities and student placements, the fair provides an added dimension. The innovative, creative approach that we have applied to the fair by segmenting areas of interest into small business, creative industries, volunteering, and continuing professional development via specialised zones will make it easier for visitors to navigate.”

Lesley Houareau, Recruitment Manager for ISG Pearce, part of the international construction group ISG plc and with a regional office in Bristol, said, “We have taken part in the UWE Careers and Meet the Employers Fairs for some years now and we see this participation as an important element in our strategic activity to attract good placement students from construction and quantity surveying disciplines. Our relationship with UWE is very important to us as most of the students who have come to work on placement go on to work with ISG Pearce on graduation. The three placement students who have just left us have all been offered full time work when they graduate in 2011 and many of our senior managers did their initial training at UWE.”

Howard Burge, Operations Manager at New Directions Education, said, “The Employers Fair is an important element in our recruitment drive. We are the largest education recruitment agency in Wales and through popular demand we opened a branch in Bristol over 15 months ago. The UWE Employers Fair presents us with a great opportunity to recruit newly qualified teachers (NQT's) and support staff adding to our extensive database. A big objective for our business is to ensure that we always have a sufficient number of education based staff to meet the demand from schools in the region to help cover various staffing issues. We also help with recruitment of administrative and specialist support staff in schools so we also targeting students with particular skill sets. Supply work is good for NQT's as they get valuable experience in a variety of schools and this helps them to make decisions about where they would like to work. This is the second year that we have attended the UWE fair and I can see that it will be a regular date in our annual calendar.”

Sarah Bambridge, concludes, “We have a broad range of employers, many of whom have only recently developed a bond with the University via our successful graduate internship scheme. A big surprise to us all in the Careers team has been the success in new job creation from employers who had not previously considered internships. Many employers have taken on graduate employees after being impressed with the calibre of those who have taken part in internships.”
Feedback from the Fair in 2009 included some very positive comments.

• “Most definitely worthwhile. It's great to see so many young people so enthusiastic in getting hands on experience”
• “They asked very relevant questions and seemed genuinely switched on”
• “Very impressed with the turn out. Students came across as highly motivated”
• “Friendly, eager to ask questions and listen.”
• “I would say it was definitely a success and well organised”
• “The students were very knowledgeable. Impressed by the volume of students coming through”


Editor's Notes

Meet the Employers will be held in UWE's Exhibition and Conference Centre - the largest venue of its kind in the South West. This boasts 9,000 square metres of floor space, extensive free parking for exhibitors and an onsite restaurant.

Details of exhibitors can be found at www.uwe.ac.uk/careers/recruiters/fair/fair-guide.php

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