Dedicated 1 Day Summit for In-House Recruitment Professionals



  • Responding to change through virtual assessment

  • Covid-19 challenges have had a profound impact on how we assess and select, not just in the short term but potentially the longer term. Showcasing the flagship Civil Service Fast Stream graduate process, this session looks at:

    • Creating a fully virtual assessment experience. • Using fast, modern, multimedia assessments. • Offering an engaging and positive candidate experience. • Maintaining the flow of diverse talent. • Looking to the assessment future, based on our learning.


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    Speaker: Philp Wilson
    Organisation: Cabinet Office
    • Code: SVE01
    • Time: 10:00 - 10:25
    • Theatre: Main Stage
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  • What can companies do to ensure they’re set for success? That they attract, engage, develop, and retain their people and has Covid had a lasting impact?

  • We’ll explore how solving for tomorrow needs more than a focus on today. That whilst attracting talent is important, ensuring they’re fulfilled and enjoy the job they do is what we should be focussing on, perhaps traditional performance reviews and career pathways serve only to frustrate our teams (unless their deemed superstars). That we (people) expect more from our employers. As the job markets pick up has our attitude to work changed? If so, how can we attract candidates for culture fit/add and ensure our organisations are primed for success?

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    Speaker: Laura Petitt
    Organisation: OB Talent
    • Code: SVE02
    • Time: 11:00 - 11:25
    • Theatre: Main Stage
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  • AI in an ATS: From hype to reality

  • Artificial Intelligence is a critical and foundational element of the future of recruitment, whether it is to reduce hiring bias, improve hiring efficiency or reduce time to hire. Join Andreea Wade Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Portfolio Director Officer @ iCIMS in this session to learn what Responsible AI means, what are some of the best AI practises in recruitment and how you can recruit more efficiently, ethically and responsibly – from sourcing to internal mobility – with responsible AI.

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    Speaker: Andreea Wade
    Organisation: iCIMS
    • Code: SVE03
    • Time: 12:00 - 12:25
    • Theatre: Main stage
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  • Breakout Room Sessions.....

  • 5 Breakout- room sessions for debate and fun! Join our amazing hosts!

    Breakout Room  Session Room 1: The Candidate Experience  Room with Mervyn Dinnen

    Breakout Room  Session Room 2: The Hiring Success Room with Tony de Graaf

    Breakout Room  Session 3: Neurodiversity Hiring Room with Theo Smith

    Breakout Room Session 4: Video in Recruitment Room with Stephen O’ Donnell

    Breakout Room Session 5: The AI ATS Room with Andreea Wade

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    • Code: SVE04
    • Time: 13:00 - 13:25
    • Theatre: Breakout Rooms
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  • Attracting and Embracing Neurodiverse Talent

  • Neurodiversity refers to a world where neurological differences are recognised and respected as any other human variation. This includes people with dyslexia, dyspraxia (DCD), dyscalculia, Autism and ADHD. Approximately 15% of the population of the UK are neurodiverse - representing a significant proportion of existing portion of job applicants and future talent. As neurodifferences are often invisible or masked, this group often doesn't have the prevalence of other groups on the D&I agenda. And we believe  by removing organisational barriers, this group has so much to contribute to performance, creativity and innovation within organisations.


    In this session, we will explore how organisations are missing an opportunity by failing to embrace neurodiversity. We will explore some practical and simple reasonable adjustments that can be made throughout the recruitment lifecycle, ensuring organisations can tap into the benefits and competitive advantage of neurodiverse talent.

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    Speaker: Aidan Healy
    Organisation: Lexxic
    • Code: SVE05
    • Time: 14:00 - 14:25
    • Theatre: Mainstage
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  • Optimising employee referrals without increasing the reward.

  • The employee referral program is an effective tool for most TA teams… but how can you drive higher quality referrals, without increasing the bounty…

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    Speaker: David Brammer
    Organisation: MindGym
    • Code: SVE06
    • Time: 15:00 - 15:25
    • Theatre: MainStage
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  • Attracting and recruiting students post-pandemic

  • As vacancies bounce back and physical events return, what is the new normal for employers? Stephen will give the latest update on the UK’s graduate and apprentice labour market, explain what employers are looking for and how employers are navigating the post-pandemic landscap

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    Speaker: Stephen Isherwood
    Organisation: ISE.
    • Code: SVE07
    • Time: 16:00 - 16:25
    • Theatre: Main Stage
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  • From the local pub to a mass vaccination hub: How we recruited, trained and retained a brand new workforce for the COVID-19 vaccination programme

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is the lead employer and host organisation for the COVID-19 vaccination programme across south east London. It was clear from the outset that the NHS would need to look externally and recruit non-clinical staff to be able to deliver the largest ever vaccination programme. This session will give an overview of how we recruited and trained a ‘new’ workforce and what we are doing to retain these people who stepped up when we were most in need.

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    Speaker: Sophie Low
    Organisation: Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
    • Code: SVE08
    • Time: 10:30 - 10:55
    • Theatre: Mainstage
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  • What does the new labour market mean for us?

  • Neil Carberry is Chief Executive of the REC, a member of the Acas Council and a former Low Pay Commissioner. As one of the leading business voices on jobs and talent in the UK, he’s uniquely positioned to help TA professionals understand the market we face now. Many of the themes around talent shortage that the pandemic recovery has exposed were called out by Neil in his 2019 IHRE presentation. In this talk, Neil will give an up-to-date reading of the supply, skills and attraction issues UK businesses are facing – and some of the solution that we all may need to adopt.

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    Speaker: Neil Carberry
    Organisation: REC
    • Code: SVE09
    • Time: 11:30 - 11:55
    • Theatre: Main Stage
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  • COVID; now what!?!

  • How do we respond to COVID in the TA world and what does this mean to hiring in the future?

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    Speaker: Tim Hull
    Organisation: illumina
    • Code: SVE10
    • Time: 12:30 - 12:55
    • Theatre: Main Stage
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  • Transforming Your Talent Organization

  • Today’s businesses are faced with a challenge of finding the perfect talent to fit their needs, and it's more difficult than ever. This Hiring Success session will help you understand how to create tactical strategies that have real ROI for your business using digitalization in Talent Acquisition. Join SmartRecruiters’ Tony De Graaf as he delves into the principles behind this methodology, share insights on why success is so important when hiring top talent, and give tips about measuring outcomes from these tactics.

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    Speaker: Tony De Graaf
    Organisation: SmartRecruiters
    • Code: SVE11
    • Time: 13:30 - 13:55
    • Theatre: MainStage
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  • Attracting & Engaging Gen Z Talent: How Employers Can Build and Maintain Relationships at Scale

  • Despite lockdown easing, virtual (or at least hybrid) attraction is here to stay. But the importance of building and maintaining trusted relationships with Gen Z talent has never been so important, yet so difficult, in a virtual world. This is true for all young people, across all sectors. Building relationships is the key to nurturing talent, educating them about what you do and ensuring the most appropriate candidates apply. Exacerbated by a year in lockdown, 2 in 5 students are unsure about their future plans, 42% are unsure about what different employers do, 46% feel unprepared for work and 83% feel anxious about applying for jobs Is a social purpose important to build trust with Gen Z? What role should content and social media play? Join this discussion as Jack, CEO of Half-Full, answers these questions and walks through some of the latest insights and strategies that you can use in your next attraction campaign.

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    Speaker: Jack Houghton
    Organisation: Half-full
    • Code: SVE12
    • Time: 14:30 - 14:55
    • Theatre: Mainstage
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  • From EVP to activation.

  • In this session Andrew and Chris will take you through their framework for structuring a streamlined, inexpensive EVP development and brand activation programme that they have used for high growth technology companies.

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    Speaker: Andrew Platt- Higgins & Chris Heron
    Organisation: Brand Human
    • Code: SV13
    • Time: 15:30 - 15:55
    • Theatre: Mainstage
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