Nurturing rising talent within our local and professional communities is absolutely key to Corecom’s values and strategy. With this in mind, we sought to build solid relationships with the region’s further and higher education institutions from our inception. Today, we work closely with the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, the University of Liverpool and Barnsley College to support students to develop their interpersonal and business skills, as well as with career planning and recruitment strategies. We’re intent on eradicating inequality and championing diversity across our sector. This messaging runs through all of our sessions to ensure marginalised students are enabled and empowered but, just as crucially, that equality and diversity are embedded in the working practices of our future tech leaders from the outset.
What Corecom do
Our support and involvement across our partner institutions is wide and varied to ensure students receive a broad offering of advice and guidance that is tailored to their institution, course and individual needs. Our programme of activities, headed by our MD, Jonathan Sanderson includes:
- Visiting lectures on Sales and Business Development and Professional Networking
- Workshops specialising in career planning, CV writing, creating an IT portfolio and LinkedIn
- Student and development recruitment events – for example, Digital Speed Networking Events for final year students and grads to meet with business leaders to secure placements and internships
- Graduate fair attendance
We are also proud to be part of Talent United, an employer engagement programme at Barnsley College to bridge the gap between education and employment. In collaboration with the college we undertake a range of bespoke sessions to raise student aspirations alongside developing key employability skills.
Situated in thriving, diverse and progressive cities, The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Liverpool make up some of the largest universities in the north and are all hotbeds for rising tech talent.
The University of Liverpool has won recognition as a UK leader in widening participation, working with 10,000 students and providing hundreds of scholarships annually for young people. It also advocates and practices retaining homegrown talent, employing some 160 of its graduates as employees each year.
Barnsley College, situated in South Yorkshire, offers both sixth form and higher education provision with a strong focus on Management and Leadership and IAG qualifications.
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Jonathan has a natural talent for engaging with our students on a personal level and really understands how to stoke the fire in their bellies. The joy of this means he can get right on down to sharing the nitty gritty – the fundamental requirements for passion, graft, networking and solid community relations in order to succeed – safe in the knowledge that our students will hear his message and take his wisdom on board.