AGR’s Engineering, Energy and Industry (EEI) members met in December to discuss the latest Challenges and Hot Topics affecting graduate recruitment in the sector. One particular subject of interest was the recently formed ‘5% Club’ – a cohort of Engineering employers formed with the aim of bridging the skills gap. In addition to this project, […]

The AGR’s IT Sector Focus Group met in December. Hot Topics and Challenges currently facing AGR members include: Higher number of intern positions than graduate ones – pros and cons of this, are we missing out on talent and branding opportunity with graduate community? Gender diversity Student apathy, attendance at events both at own offices […]

AGR’s winter meeting of the Public Sector Focus Group took place in London in December after a busy Autumn period. The group shared a large number of Hot Topics which reflected on this, including: How to capture data on emotional intelligence to understand motivations of applicants Selection process design and assessment tools Are applications up […]

AGR’s Retail/FMCG group met in December at McDonald’s London offices. The group reported back on the ongoing successes of their attraction campaigns throughout the Autumn, and also looked forward to their coming Selection and Assessment processes. Hot Topics discussed included: Attraction Reduction in fair activity, will there be a role for these in the future? […]

AGR’s third and final AGR Graduate Development meeting of 2013 took place on Thursday 29th November, bringing to a close the Association’s most engaging year for graduate developers to date. The psychology of retention The key theme of this session was retention, and the challenge of keeping graduates engaged throughout the duration of their programme. […]

Chief Executive Update – change of Annual Conference venue – Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive AGR “Welcome to the first of what will be regular updates from your Board of Directors. “You should be starting to feel a change in the way the AGR operates. The advertising of board positions, the refocusing of the Winter Survey […]

AGR’s recently merged FMCG and Retail Sector Focus Groups met for another well-attended meeting earlier this autumn, to swap and share insights and challenges ahead of the 2013/14 graduate recruitment season. Given the August date of this session, a couple of the questions/issues raised during our Hot Topics slot were, not surprisingly, concerned with attraction […]

Ahead of the beginning of the 2013/14 milk round, AGR’s public sector focus group met in London to discuss upcoming challenges and the latest ‘hot topics’. As the following list of questions/challenges indicates, while there are a few topics that are unique to our public members, there is a significant degree of cross-over between sectors. […]

As we enter the beginning of another milk round, we want to usher in the new graduate recruitment year with an AGR Standard update. This month we will be focussing on the what, why, hows and whens of the project, to start you thinking about the impact the new Standard will have upon your graduate […]

We’re excited to announce that we’re re-working the AGR Standard, making it a must-have tool for everyone in the emerging talent space. To help us, The Smarty Train will be joining us at conference to conduct research into the competencies needed to excel in a range of Recruitment and Development roles in our industry. You’ll […]