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ER Recruitment delivers second BrightER Futures programme

Previous students gave the programme a five-star rating.

Skills shortages significantly impact many businesses, which is why a recruitment company is delivering its work experience programme for the second year in a row.

BrightER Futures aims to propel talented DMU students into exciting graduate careers in Leicester by providing them with working experience within leading organisations.

The programme came about in 2020 when the ER Recruitment team felt they could utilise their recruitment expertise to provide additional support to emerging talent entering the world of work.

The idea stemmed from MD Eileen Richards MBE while she was working in connection with DMU to support their Future Leaders programme, alongside Freeths and Brewin Dolphin.

Eileen Richards MBE said: "The energy and ability of the students involved is the type of talent we want to retain within our city. We are delighted to have a fantastic array of businesses involved supporting graduates within the early stages of their careers.”

The 20 students will benefit from being introduced into Leicester’s vibrant business community.

They will gain professional skills including interviewing techniques, personal branding, and commercial awareness. These skills will support them when they are looking for roles after graduating.

The lineup of organisations involved cover a variety of disciplines including Cross Productions, Everards, Fraser Stretton and Pick Everard.

Discussing the last cohort, Emily Smith from Michael Smith Switchgear said: “It was beneficial for us to learn from our student and hear about his take on our SME and thoughts on what we can do differently to attract younger talent into the manufacturing industry.”

Previous students gave the programme a five-star rating.

Lamia Islam who was partnered with The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce described her experience as "an incredible opportunity during my final year of university which prepared me for experiences in the workplace and what to expect in professional environments.”

Recruiting Graduates is a great way to identify transferable skills and retain local talent for our future business leaders.


Words by Emily Miller

Emily is a Senior Journalist for Niche Magazine with over a decade of journalism experience. She enjoys going to gigs, visiting galleries and walking in all weathers.


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