Following a series of new business wins with Universities across the UK, a North East based graduate recruitment consultancy and outsourcing provider has increased business by over 40% and created a new permanent role within the business.

Smart Resourcing Solutions works with employers, students and universities. The team provides the design and delivery of graduate and apprenticeship recruitment for employers, as well as keeping knowledge of current practices fresh for all parties.

A range of off-the-shelf bespoke employability workshops providing mock  simulations for graduates is proving popular. These workshops are achieving high acclaim due to the sheer scale of the events, sometimes catering for over 1000 students at a time, held in venues like football stadiums where they are able to cope with the high footfall.

Delivered by a team of assessors and real employers, the workshops create an environment for the students to experience interviews and recruitment techniques, as close to the real thing as possible.  

So successful is the performance of Smart Resourcing Solutions when working with graduates, that the company is now working with universities the length and breadth of the country, including Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds Beckett, Nottingham Business School, Kingston University, York, Coventry, Sunderland, Hertfordshire, Lincoln, Canterbury, Westminster and the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Sophie Milliken, managing director of Smart Resourcing Solutions said:

“As well as retaining all the contracts we had with Universities last year, we have also won a significant amount of new business, positioning us as one of the leading mock assessment simulation providers in the country. This has increased our turnover by a massive 40% and allowed us to add Louise Grimes to the team as our University Partnerships Manager.”

Louise has worked on a consultancy basis with Smart Resourcing Solutions since 2014 and is now delighted to join the team in a permanent position. She will be focusing on delivering a fantastic service for universities and increasing graduates chances of being employed in their chosen fields. Louise said:

“My role will allow us as a company to focus on growing our university offer, providing outstanding customer care. It will free up Sophie to concentrate on other parts of the business too, including employers and students who need direct support.”

The assessment simulation programmes have been recognised as outstanding by a number of industry bodies including the AGR (now ISE), AGCAS and the CIPD. The company has also recently been shortlisted for its assessment simulation for an award in Innovation at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards from Nat West.