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TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, Europe’s largest careers awards event, announces National Grid as headline partner
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GTI Media, organisers of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, is delighted to announce that National Grid is the headline partner for the 2016 event, which is celebrating its 12th year as the largest and most influential graduate and school leaver recruitment awards event in Europe.

Held at Mayfair’s Grosvenor House, the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards attracts an audience of over 1,400 recruiters, agencies, universities and professional bodies who gather each year to witness 28 awards being given to the UK’s top employers, as voted for by a huge poll of over 40,000 students, conducted by top research consultancy trendence.

Winners of the 2015 awards, which were handed out by actor and television personality Lenny Henry, included MI6, Rolls-Royce, HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline, PwC and National Grid. The climax of the evening was the Graduate Employer of the Year Award, won by L’Oreal.

National Grid were also the headline partners for the 2015 Awards and used the night of the event memorably to showcase their supported internship programme, EmployAbility, which gives school leavers with learning difficulties a real chance of employment. National Grid hopes that other employers will adopt this model.

On 6 April 2016, all the significant players in the graduate and entry-level recruitment field will gather to recognise outstanding achievement from organisations and individuals involved in the critical business of ensuring that the UK’s top talent continues to contribute to the success of  industry, business and public services.

Steve Holliday, National Grid’s Chief Executive, says: “Too many young people are not reaching their potential whilst many organisations are struggling to find the skills they need. National Grid is proud to be headline sponsor of the TARGETjobs Awards for the second year running, which recognises organisations that are making a real difference.”    

Mark Pickles, lead of the EmployAbility Let’s Work Together programme at National Grid says: “We are delighted to have the opportunity once again to promote and inspire other organisations to start their own internship programme for young people with special educational needs. This programme has brought such an uplifting and rewarding dynamic to our business. The interns have impeccable work ethic, tenacity and determination to overcome problems. They are inspiring role models for the whole workforce.”

Simon Rogers, Director at GTI Media, says: "We are thrilled that National Grid has once again invested in this partnership. I am sure that it will help them further to increase their footprint in school leaver and graduate recruitment. Above all, it's great to be associated with such a strong employer brand and a company passionately committed to building a diverse workforce and giving opportunities to all."

To find out more about the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards and the other partners that are involved with the event, click here.




Notes to Editors

About the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards

Now in its 12th year, the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards brings together recruitment professionals each Spring to celebrate, through a series of student-judged awards, excellence in graduate and school leaver recruitment. As well as being in partnership with National Grid, there are around 30 other partners supporting the event.

About National Grid

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and has been named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. They own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US they run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities. In Britain, they run the gas and electricity systems that society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, they connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. 
There’s never been a more interesting and exciting time to join National Grid. It aims to recruit around 80 graduates and students and 140 school leavers in 2015, making it one of the UK’s most significant employers.

About GTI Media

1. The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards have been created by GTI Media to celebrate excellence in graduate recruitment. 
2. GTI Media (part of Group GTI) also produces the UK largest graduate jobsite – and a wide range of sector-specific publications, both in print and online, written by experts in their sectors, which help graduates secure jobs.
3. GTI Media distributes its products to universities across the UK and Ireland and is the publishing partner of 11 leading university careers services, including Cambridge, Imperial, Warwick, London, Manchester, Durham and Bristol.
4. GTI is also the official publishing partner of the Association of Higher Education Careers Services, the professional association of careers services in Ireland, producing products under the gradireland brand.

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