2024 Sponsors

We wouldn't be able to put on much of a show without our sponsors. They all have a real passion for exceptional graduate recruitment. Read their stories here.

1 Hour Project

Social Enterprise Partner

Doors to the full range of graduate careers are closed to those from low income backgrounds. It’s the result of a combination of academic elitism and a lack of access to professional networks. And the social and economic consequences are enormous.

The 1 Hour Project was founded in 2020 to address this problem.

We want to level the playing field.

Every person should have access to a professional network that helps them.

The 1 Hour Project is a not for profit organisation designed to match students from low income backgrounds with industry experts. Experts who provide invaluable career insights over the course of an hour long conversation.

We have been overwhelmed by the response to our ambitions. We need to make this project permanent. We want to support as many students as we can to enable them to access the widest possible range of graduate opportunities available.

But we can’t do this on our own. The 1 Hour Project is funded by donations. We need your help to help us achieve our mission – help 10,000 students by 2026.

£100 enables us to deliver the programme and positively impact the lives of 2 students.

You will have the opportunity to support this work at the event. We would like to thank you in advance.

To find out more, visit: 1hourproject.org


Headline partner
also sponsoring the best apprenticeship programme award

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the world's most forward-thinking professional accountancy body. With 125,000 global job opportunities posted on ACCA Careers every month, they're among the world's best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants - and they work in every sector you can imagine.

Finance is the universal language of business. So, there’s no such thing as an average accountant. Our members become CEOs, finance directors, entrepreneurs, sustainability trailblazers and public sector leaders. Accountancy really does give you options for a rewarding career.

Employers seek out ACCA-trained professionals because they know it is the sign of excellence. Which means you'll have the competitive edge to build the career you've been imagining. And our global community and career planning tools will show you paths and opportunities you never knew existed.

The ACCA apprenticeship programme helps people from all backgrounds and career stages to build a globally-recognised foundation in accounting, finance and business. For apprentices, it's the chance to earn as they learn. For employers, it's a cost-effective way of bringing vital skills and sharp thinking to your business that's easier than you think.

We are proud to sponsor the best apprenticeship programme award. We are passionate about helping students achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment.

To find out more visit accaglobal.com.


Sponsoring the AGCAS award for excellence in careers and employability service engagement award


Sponsoring the best innovation in recruitment award

The AMS Early Careers and Campus group is proud to sponsor the best innovation in recruitment award.

AMS - We are a talent solutions business

Working with clients across the globe, we have learnt what it takes to build a high performing employer. It starts with talent; sourcing, selecting and keeping the right people in the right jobs.

To do this well, you need unmatched expertise in digital innovation, and a deep understanding of the complex needs of the talent you are seeking to engage – whether that talent is external to your business or already inside it.

Taking a holistic approach to the HR value chain and to attracting and retaining a world class workforce enables business success.

10,000+ experts, across 120+ countries, speaking more than 50 languages, delivering projects for the world’s most admired companies.

We are AMS. This is what we do. Talent is our world.


Sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year award


Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in engineering, design and manufacture award

Blackbridge Communications is a specialist people communications agency that helps clients attract and engage talent.

We work with a wide range of leading organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Capital One, Aviva, Heathrow and Clifford Chance. Our expertise lies in creative concept development, digital channels, early talent attraction, employer brand research and internal communications.

As a member of the OneAgent global network, the world’s largest network of employer branding agencies, we can also help our clients implement their people strategies internationally.

To find out more, visit: www.blackbridge.co.uk


Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in consulting award


Research partner

Cibyl is a leading student market research team in UK andIreland. We provide employers, universities, professional bodies and researchers with unparalleled insights into students’ career thinking.Supporting attraction, equality, diversity, brand, virtual engagement, talent management and career service planning.

This year, 100,000 school students, undergraduates and recent graduates have taken part.

We’ve captured a broad range of opinion from them on the early careers market, including awareness and attractiveness of employers, relocation and mobility information, how and why students are making choices about careers, key demographic intel including: social profile, gender, year and subject of study, ethnicity, nationality and data on sexuality and disability.

Our team of MRS accredited researchers and analysts cut this data to get bespoke findings unique to individual employers. We consult with you on your competitive position, attractiveness amongst target group students, methods of engagement, help you to develop a school and campus strategy, help you to recruit a more diverse profile and get you to understand where and why you are missing out on relevant and ‘right fit’ talented young people.

Our methods can include quantitative, qualitative and focus group research, we offer year round data support, we have our own survey platform and can execute bespoke surveys or snap polls getting you the answer to a single issue of strategic importance or help you solve a problem. We area dept at reviewing a range of data sources as well as our own, offering you practical and actionable advice to help you build an informative picture and develop an early careers strategy that really works.

Cibyl's data is the source of the sector awards at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

To get a demo of our data and to find out more go to cibyl.com

Clifford Chance

Sponsoring the best university employability strategy award

At Clifford Chance we're delighted to partner with Tender on their university programme which uses a Whole Setting Approach to change harmful campus cultures which embed a preventative approach to domestic abuse and sexual violence in all aspects of university life. More information can be found here.

We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working.

We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm's global standards with in-depth local expertise.

To find out more visit: www.cliffordchance.com

Clyde & Co

Sponsoring the best internship or placement programme award

Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused, global law firm with 415 partners, 2,200 legal professionals and 3,800 staff in total in nearly 50 offices and associated offices on six continents. Its core global sectors position it at the heart of global trade and commerce: insurance, trade & commodities, energy, transport and infrastructure. With a strong emerging markets focus, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 12% over the last five years, making it one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth.

Guided by its senior partner, chief executive and the management board, the firm has transformed from a mid-tier City firm to a top-tier global powerhouse. Clyde & Co was named Transatlantic Law Firm of the Year 2017 by The American Lawyer/Legal Week.

Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Sponsoring the best on-boarding experience award


Sponsoring the HE careers and employability team of the year award

HSBC is the world's leading international bank.

Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 6,300 offices in 75 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

The HSBC Group's values describe how the Group interacts with each other internally, with customers and with the wider community. All employees are expected to have and reflect the Group's values.

The following three statements summarise the Group's values. HSBC's culture is among its signature strengths: It has been and is key to the Group's past and continued success.

Open to different ideas and cultures
Connected with our customers, community and each other
Dependable and doing the right thing

The HSBC Group iscommitted to the following business principles: 

·      Outstanding customer services

·      Effective and efficient operations

·      Strong capital and liquidity

·      Prudent lending policy

·      Strict expense discipline

In the UK, HSBC provides over 300 graduate jobs each year in commercial, global banking and markets, group private banking and retail banking and wealth management. We also offer over 190 internship placements to undergraduates. HSBC is committed to developing people so they can perform to their potential.

Knight Frank

Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in construction, civil engineering and surveying award


Sponsoring the best student marketing campaign award


Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in technology award

Lloyd’s is the world’s only specialist insurance and reinsurance market that offers a unique concentration of expertise and talent, backed by strong financial ratings and international licences. It is often the first to insure new, unusual or complex risks, providing innovative insurance solutions for local, cross-border and global risks.

Its strength lies in the diversity and expertise of the brokers and managing agents working at Lloyd’s, supported by capital from across the world. More than 90 syndicates are underwriting insurance and reinsurance at Lloyd’s, covering all lines of business from more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Lloyd’s is regulated by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

NFU Mutual

Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services award

NFU Mutual offers a wide range of products, including general insurance, pensions and investments. These products and services are delivered through the agency network, as well as through a direct sales and service centre.

With over 300 offices located in rural towns and villages throughout the UK, NFU Mutual has become part of the fabric of rural life and remains committed to serving the needs of people who visit, live or work in the countryside.

We welcome graduates into our organisation every year across all areas of the business, from customer services, marketing and HR, through to potentially becoming one of our sales agents of the future.

We are really proud to sponsor the award for the most popular graduate recruiter in banking, insurance and financial services 2024.

National Grid

Sponsoring the best diversity and inclusion strategy award


Sponsoring the rising star award

Rolls-Royce is one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, pioneering cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to our planet’s vital power needs.

We have always championed innovation and quality and we owe this to the spirit, passion and expertise of our people. Throughout our history, they have helped us to break new ground, establish new standards and shape the world we live in. This has taken us from our founding expertise in internal combustion engines to the world’s most powerful and efficient aero-engines.

Today, our core businesses are Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems.

Great businesses need great talent and we are committed to attracting and developing people from diverse backgrounds and providing an environment where they can be themselves and be their best. Our early careers programmes provide the opportunity to contribute, develop and excel. We value the insights and fresh perspectives of young talent and recognise them as future leaders.

To find out more, visit: careers.rolls-royce.com

Spotted Zebra

Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in investment banking and investment award

Spotted Zebra is an award-winning skills workforce management platform, and is used by large enterprise companies globally to enable them make high-stakes people decisions about who to hire, develop, succession plan and reskill.

Spotted Zebra was founded 4+ years ago by leading occupational psychologist Nick Shaw, and serial tech entrepreneur Ian Monk, and secured £7.7 million in Series A funding in 2023.  Learn more here: www.spottedzebra.co.uk

Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

Sponsoring the sustainability in early talent recruitment award

Just a few years ago, we committed to reduce our foot print as early talent recruiters. The result of that decision was the founding of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance. We’re beginning to stem the decades of damage that our early talent practices have caused to the environment.

Our purpose is to help reduce the carbon footprint of early talent professionals. Our mission is to create and empower a deeply connected ecosystem of stakeholders, including early talent recruiters, universities, and student organisations, who are committed to reducing their collective carbon foot print and embedding sustainability at the heart of their practices.



Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in the public sector award

TopScore is a digital assessment centre platform that powers simple, streamlined and sustainable assessment centres.

Built by recruitment assessment experts, TopScore’s automated features reduce admin and cost while enhancing candidate experience, data security, user accessibility and overall assessment fairness.

The TopScore platform enables both virtual and paperless in-person assessment centres and interviews for employers tasked with early careers and volume recruitment.

Examples of the TopScore platform’s functionality include:

·      Digital scoring, notetaking and feedback reporting

·      Customisable assessment content

·      Integrated videoconferencing

·      Automated scheduling

·      Personalisation & branding

·      Web accessibility

·      Candidate restricted access

·      Multi-factor Authentication and Single Sign-On (SSO)

·      Different user types


Transform Society

Sponsoring the best social mobility strategy award

Transform Society exists to increase the number and diversity of students entering front-line public-service roles, and social mobility is a critical part of our work.  Huge congratulations to all the nominees (and of course to the winner) for caring about this important issue.

University of Exeter

Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award

As a leading international and Top 10 university, the employability of our students is a major strategic priority for everyone at Exeter. The huge investment and commitment in embedding career and employability support internal and external to the curriculum continues to impact on the success of our graduates across all sectors of the graduate labour market and related league tables.

These achievements are formally recognised through multiple accolades and national awards including Exeter becoming the first and only University to receive the AGR’s (now ISE) ‘Best of the Best’ Blue Ribbon award.

In the seminal and critically acclaimed paper on the future of higher education “An Avalanche is coming” the authors referred to Exeter’s employability services as “A great example of the future”. Our aim is to build upon this reputation and become the University of choice for employers and career-minded students alike.

If you would like to work with us on developing and recruiting world-class student and graduate talent visit our website to find out more: www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/employers

University of Exeter and UNITAR partnership

Sponsoring the most popular graduate recruiter in logistics, transport & supply chain award

A joint partnership from the University of Exeter and UNITAR.

If you would like to work with us on developing and recruiting world-class student and graduate talent visit our website to find out more: www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/employers

More information about UNITAR can be found at: unitar.org