[Press and Public Relations] Targeted Careers Fair To Be Held by University of Leicester

January 2002

No 11

For the second consecutive year, the University of Leicester is organising a dedicated Careers Fair for ethnic minority students.

Last years event attracted over 800 students. Approximately 30% of the students were from ethnic minority backgrounds which is much higher than for the general fair (8-9%)

The targeted companies have been identified as being pro-active in the diversity management of their company work force. De Montfort University students are also invited.

The project is led by Haniel Riviere-Allen, Employer Liaison Manager at the University of Leicester, and is part of a wider programme of activities through which the University interfaces with business and industry.

For example, Haniel is looking at getting more companies involved in existing careers programmes such as Tomorrow's Managers which is a two-day course exploring aspects of generic management within the public and private sectors. Companies can participate by providing a young manager to take part as a group facilitator and / or by sponsoring and delivering some element of the course programme.

Haniel said: "The University is forging more links with local and national companies through a newly appointed Employer Liaison Team based at the University's Careers Service.

"Its role is to create partnerships between businesses and the University to help both students and academics benefit from closer links with companies. The biggest challenge is getting the message to the business community especially SMEs which are not aware of the type of services universities provide nowadays."

This is why Haniel is looking to organise networking events welcoming business associations on campus to promote the University's services to companies. Ideally, these events would present the wide range of services the university can provide to businesses such as graduate recruitment services, work placement schemes, research, conference facilities, in-house business training, adult education courses and consultancy work.

Haniel added: "The Government has recently announced it is backing the pre-recruitment training, structured work experience and mentoring for ethnic minority graduates. This is pretty much what our fair is already about - so we are quiet ahead of our time!

"We have 25 exhibitors from private & public sectors and had to refuse more people who wanted to attend due to space restrictions. There will be 3 workshops / seminars run by employers on the day aimed at helping students with various selection processes - application process, interview techniques and Competency based application forms.

"Major graduate recruiters are offering work placements, graduate positions and further professional training and Career guidance will be provided throughout the Fair by a team of Careers advisers from the University of Leicester and De Montfort University.

        Companies interested in working with the University should contact Haniel on 0116 252 5117 regarding Graduate recruitment, work placement and skills workshops.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information please contact Haniel Riviere-Allen or Anna Hebden on 0116 252 5117 Email: careers@le.ac.uk


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