04 November 2011
A host of local, national and international companies attended Canterbury Christ Church University's JobFair this week.
Over 2,500 students from the University took the opportunity to meet with representatives from the 50 companies to discuss graduate employment opportunities.
The event was sponsored by Marks & Spencer, AXA PPP Healthcare and Hythe company, Holiday Extras.
Helen Alkin, Graduate Recruitment Manager for Marks & Spencer, is a Christ Church graduate and explained the importance of the JobFair and employing graduates. She said: “I graduated from Christ Church 15 years ago and was really keen to work with a university that sets employability skills so high up on their teaching agenda. The diversity of courses the University offers also really suits the retail industry, as we have a wide range of job opportunities for graduates.
“Attending the JobFair is all about bringing new talent into our organisation; finding the graduates that have the potential to be leaders of our organisation in the future, and are able to generate new ideas and new thinking. This is why our graduate recruitment is absolutely necessary to our ongoing business planning.
“The Christ Church students I have met with today have been great and very impressive. They have done their research and really thought about the degrees they are studying and the type of jobs they would like to apply for. This means they have been able to get the best out of their time with us today.”
Other multi-national companies such as The Arcadia Group Ltd, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and IBM also attended to showcase their graduate employment opportunities, as well as local companies including Creaseys LLP, Fosters Law, Reeves & Co LLP and Pillory Barn Creative.
Miranda Chapman, Director of Pillory Barn Creative in Maidstone, said: “We would like to thank the University for its efforts in reaching out to local businesses. Today’s event has been the best example we have seen in the County for a long time.”
Canterbury Christ Church University has one of the best employment rates in the country with 94.3% of its recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*, making it the third best University for employability in England.
James Corbin, Deputy Manager of Employability and Careers Services, said: “This event is just one of the ways we work with local businesses to enhance the employability of our graduates. We also recognise the importance of working together to foster a work ready ethos in our students and graduates. The support that we receive from our relationships with businesses is invaluable, and we are always looking for opportunities to develop existing and new links.”
*2009/10 DLHE survey
Notes to Editor
For more information on how your organisation can work in partnership with the University and its students, visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/careers. Alternatively email James Corbin in the Employability and Careers Services team directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- We have one of the best employment rates in the country with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Christ Church is the number one university of choice for people in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public services.
- In 2012 the University will celebrate its Golden Jubilee, providing higher education and innovation for the past 50 years.