In 2017, Next Step Graduates worked with a variety of FTSE 100 companies to increase gender diversity within their graduate schemes and positions.
The aim of the campaign was to provide businesses with a socially inclusive way of hiring. NSG held a Women in Business Employment Event, bringing together some of the brightest female students in the UK for a day of business exercises and networking.
✓ Use the Next Step Graduates university network to invite second and third year students to a Women in Business Employment Event in London.
✓ At the event, candidates would be asked to take part in a series of exercises that would help demonstrate their business acumen.
✓ After the assessments – which were judged by representatives from FTSE 100 businesses – candidates were invited to a networking session where they had the opportunity to speak with leading companies.
• Businesses that were attending provided NSG with their graduate entry requirements. Once candidates had been pre-screened and assessed by NSG they were invited to the Employment Event. Businesses were not sent CV’s of the students attending until after the event.
• The NSG strategy eliminated any prejudgment or bias from the process. Candidates participated in three exercises designed to showcase their suitability. These included; group exercises, presentations and round table discussions.
• After the exercises, businesses were invited to meet and converse with the candidates they felt would t in at their companies.
✓ Clients such as RBC, HSBC, EY and JLL were able to assess and network with female students.
✓ 100 candidates attended the event.
✓ 8 businesses attended the event.
✓ 55 candidate profiles shared.
✓ 95% of candidates would recommend the event.