TargetedGRAD will add value to the extensive careers support available through university careers services, helping interested students identify vacancies with a wide range of blue chip companies. Its top-flight system will email vacancies to targeted groups of students and graduates and make sure vacancies satisfy all employment legislation.
The service will also give employers the opportunity to find the right students and graduates quickly and easily. In addition, it provides a timely response to the recently published Harris Review of Higher Education Careers Services which called on universities work together and to use the latest technology to better meet the needs of students and employers.
TargetedGRAD will be run at each campus by that university’s careers service. Students and graduates will register their details with targetedGRAD and be authenticated by their own careers service before being entered onto the central database.
A Central Office based at the University of Manchester & UMIST Careers Service will host the database and provide other services under the management of an Executive Board comprising representatives of all targetedGRAD universities.
A spokesperson explained that targetedGRAD would be a unique product in the recruitment market: ‘Unlike other dot.coms, targetedGRAD will draw on the support of 100s of careers and academic staff across the country. These staff will actively promote targetedGRAD to those students interested in careers with blue chip companies.
‘Combined with the credibility of being owned and delivered by those universities most targeted by employers, we believe targetedGRAD will have an incredibly strong presence on campus.
‘Best of all, targetedGRAD will not be driven by profit, but by the commitment of universities to offer the best possible service to their students and to employers.’
Cathryn Harvey, Director of Newcastle University’s Careers Service, said today: ‘The scheme is good news for Newcastle University because it adds to the wide range of services we offer our students and graduates to help them find the future which suits them best.
‘The employment prospects for our sudents are among the best in the country and we are delighted to be involved in a project like targetedGRAD which provides even more opportunities for students to find stimulating and high quality employment in a range of job sectors and occupations.’
The universities involved are: Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Trinity College Dublin, UMIST and York.
For more information visit the targetedGRAD website at www.targetedGRAD.co.uk.
1. For more information please contact Cathryn Harvey, the Director of Newcastle University’s Careers Service, on 0191 222 7746.
published on: 15th May 2001