National recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has introduced its brand-new e-grads (Encore Graduates in Recruitment Are Destined for Success) scheme, in a bid to encourage graduates and fresh talent into the exciting and fast-paced world of recruitment.

An annual report by High Fliers Research has revealed that graduate employment was substantially lower than expected in 2017 and many private sector companies are cutting graduate recruitment by more than 10% in 2018. With a vast number of students set to enter the job market in June, Encore wants to change these statistics, highlighting recruitment as a rewarding and aspirational career opportunity.

Encore, which has 10 branches across the UK, introduced the e-grads scheme earlier this month for new recruits. With a variety of job roles on offer, from sales to admin, the training scheme is designed to fit hand-in-hand with the graduate’s day-to-day role at Encore.

The scheme will include extensive internal training and a dedicated career development plan, which will foster the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a career in recruitment.

Cindy Gunn, HR Manager at Encore Personnel, said: “There is a strong pool of graduates with raw talent across the city, who will be finishing university this summer and deciding their next move. Many do not consider recruitment as a career choice but we want to show them that they have the talent to achieve a long and fulfilled career in the industry.

“It doesn’t matter if the applicant has no previous experience or even if their degree was not recruitment-related, our e-grads scheme is designed to encourage all graduates to apply. They just need to have the drive and ambition to succeed.

“Encore is dedicated to being a great place to work by ensuring its staff develop by promoting within and providing beneficial training opportunities. Last year alone, Encore invested £1m in staff training and growth opportunities and many graduates have gone on to have brilliant careers with the company. I started working at Encore 16 years ago with little work experience as an Administrator and I have now progressed through the ranks to HR Manager.”

Interested e-grads candidates will be able to attend an assessment day hosted by Encore, whereby they will undertake individual and group activities with around ten other applicants.

Cindy added: “We didn’t want to do the typical formal interview process for hiring graduates. These assessment days are much more interactive and allow the applicant to get a better understanding of Encore and recruitment in a more relaxed environment.

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“We are also able to get a good idea of a candidate’s personality by seeing them at ease with others. From these sessions, we expect to uncover some shining stars with great potential in recruitment.”

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