A veritable font of useful information

Posted on 8 Oct 2021
A veritable font of useful information

This month's newsletter...

... is a veritable font of useful information!

I'm sharing with you...

  • How Bournemouth University is supporting local employers in recruiting graduate talent in the BCP area.
  • A recruitment guide that sets out five key actions to help organisations become more age-inclusive, based on the Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project by the Centre for Ageing Better.
  • Totaljobs latest salary report, providing an insight into the UK job market.


1. Partner with BU to help address recruitment struggles across the BCP conurbation

A key aspiration of Bournemouth University is to support local employers in identifying, engaging with, and recruiting graduate talent to the local area.

A placement role can be a great starting point in helping to identify future talent over a period of 30 weeks to a year with the full support of a dedicated placements team from the university.

There is an expectation that a placement is a paid opportunity (students are treated like an employee). There are some industries/sectors where this might not be possible/feasible. The university are happy to advice/support in these cases and the hope is that the learning and development opportunities go some way to making up for a placement being unpaid. It is important for students to start to develop a clearer understanding of their professional worth and paid placements are a valuable and tangible means by which they can grasp this. 

There is no cost to the employer with respect to advertising the placement opportunities through the university. This is supported by our dedicated faculty placement teams. Selection and recruitment of placement students are carried out by the employer themselves.

Across all faculties of Bournemouth University, we are always looking for placement and wider employability opportunities. These faculties are:

  • Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Media & Communication
  • Faculty of Science & Technology
  • Bournemouth University Business School

Specific information on courses taught in each of these faculties can be found here:

If you are at all interested in speaking about the possibility of placement or employment opportunities at your business, please get in contact with: David O Neill, Placement Development Advisor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University Email: [email protected]  Mob: 07713 089348.

2. Good Recruitment for Older Workers: A guide for employers

36% of 50-70 year olds feet at a disadvantage applying for jobs due to their age. Three-quarters of employers in England agreed that older workers’ experience is crucial to the success of the organisation. And yet, the current recruitment environment is not as age-inclusive as it could be. Older workers feel at a disadvantage at every stage of the recruitment process, from the language in job adverts to interview panels.

This recruitment guide is based on the Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project findings and has been published in partnership with the CIPD and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). It is designed to help organisations recognise the negative role that age-related discrimination plays in recruitment processes and provide practical suggestions for employers to become more age-inclusive.

The guide has 5 principles of action:

  1. Put age into ED&I
  2. Know your numbers
  3. Debias your job adverts
  4. Check your process
  5. Build awareness and confidence.

The guide is aimed at professionals working within Human Resources and recruitment, with practical recommendations and steps that help ensure their processes are inclusive of people of all ages.

You can download the guide here.

3. Totaljobs Salary Report 2021

Two-thirds of people don’t feel comfortable asking for a pay rise. There are a few reasons: only a small number think it’s because they don’t deserve it – a lot more (especially women) simply don’t have the confidence to ask.*

Totaljobs' Salary Report gives an exclusive insight into the UK job market, based on over 37,000 data records. It helps workers understand their worth and managers and recruiters make better decisions for the compensation and rewards, based on real salary data.

You can access the report here.

The local view of recruitment across the area hasn't changed since my previous newsletter. Companies are struggling to recruit in this jobs-rich market. I'm talking to business owners and managers daily - urging them to be more flexible in their approach and criteria for candidate selection.

A great example from a recent placement by Aspire Jobs echoes so much of the Good Recruitment for Older Workers I shared above.

I sent 2 CVs for a client's admin role, both were people with extensive experience. Initially, the CVs were rejected, as the client felt they would likely move on to something more challenging.  I discussed with them that actually, the younger generation is more likely to move for career progression. They reviewed their decision, arranged an interview, and made an offer that afternoon, which has been accepted. A great result for all concerned.

Do get in contact with me if you'd like to discuss anything raised in the newsletter h[email protected]. Wishing you all the best.