An innovative partnership between Leeds Trinity University,
Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds has been nominated for
‘Outstanding University Partnership with an Employer and/or Supplier’ at the
Institute of Student Employers (ISE) Awards 2019.
#InLeeds is a city-wide initiative which aims to promote
Leeds as a graduate career destination of choice and highlight the quality of
life within the city for young professionals. Other partners include Leeds City
Council, PwC, FDM and Ahead Partnership.
Since its launch in 2016, more than 20 employers have
participated in the scheme, giving over 250 Leeds students the opportunity to
meet with employers to discuss their career prospects in Leeds after
Taking place annually, the #InLeeds Day brings together
students from across the three universities to take part in a one-day challenge
visiting employers to showcase Leeds as a city of opportunity for young
professionals. Students are supported with confidence building activities and tasks
to develop their skills in networking, presentation, communication, team work
and commercial awareness. The day culminates in a group challenge judged by the
Jess Sewter, Head of Partnerships, Placements and Employment
at Leeds Trinity University, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in
the #InLeeds partnership and be recognised for efforts in improving graduate
retention at the ISE Awards. Although at Leeds Trinity University, our graduate
retention rates are higher than average, with 78% choosing to stay in Leeds,
the #InLeeds partnership is a great opportunity for our students to find out
more about career opportunities they might not have considered before and meet
a range of fantastic prospective employers before they graduate.”
Student feedback carried out after the event confirmed that
partner employers had assisted in raising the aspirations for all participants.
70% said that they were considering staying in Leeds after graduation (prior to
the event this was 30%), while some have even accepted jobs with FDM, Sagar
Wright, NHS Digital and Charlton Morris.
Cindy Beckworth, a Business and Management graduate from
Leeds Trinity University attended an #InLeeds day in February 2018. She is now
working as an Account Executive at Creative Emporium in Leeds.
Cindy said: “I found the #InLeeds event very helpful in
terms of getting to learn about businesses that operate in Leeds, that I was
previously unaware of. I finished the event with a sense of achievement after
creating and delivering a presentation to business partners. This boosts your
confidence when going to graduate scheme assessment days. I found the
experience very rewarding whilst being pushed outside of my comfort zone.”
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, said:
“This initiative is playing an important role encouraging graduates to stay and
return to the city. We know Leeds is an excellent career destination and
#InLeeds is a great way of linking students with city employers to influence and
inform their career ambitions. We have collectively managed to reverse the
“brain drain” of graduates to a “brain gain” and initiatives like this have
The ISE Awards will celebrate the work of more than 30
employers, universities and industry suppliers in recognition of their
commitment to raising standards in student marketing, recruitment and
The Awards will be held on Tuesday 9 July in Manchester, hosted by comedian Shappi Khorsandi. For more information click here.