How did previous winners scoop an ISE Award?

Jan 31, 2023 | Case studies, Sector & policy

ISE Awards 2023 are open! Find out what makes a great entry and take a look at some of last year’s winners to find out what they did to scoop a top industry award.

It’s time to get involved and celebrate best practice in developing campaigns and initiatives that attract high-quality school leavers and graduates.

ISE members have until Monday 13 February to enter this year’s ISE Awards.

There are 15 categories combining both student recruitment and development with a range of categories focused on employer, supplier and university excellence.

ISE Awards are independently judged by industry experts and there are different criteria for each category. Guidance about what makes a great entry can be found under each of the categories. You can also read our general submission guidance.

Looking for inspiration? Take a look at some of last year’s winners:

NFU Mutual: Best school leaver/apprenticeship strategy – sponsored by TheTalentPeople and

NFU Mutual’s award entry demonstrated how its investment in apprenticeships is helping to meet strategic business needs, ensuring the future success of its Claims operation.

Read about NFU Mutual’s apprenticeship strategy


Police Now: Commitment to improving diversity through student resourcing – sponsored by Sanctuary Graduates

ISE Award winners, Police Now, explained in its entry how an ‘under-represented first’ approach to recruitment attracted and recruited a record number of diverse graduates.

Read how Police Now won the ISE award for improving diversity


EY in partnership with Bright Network: Outstanding employer and supplier recruitment partnership – sponsored by Graduate Recruitment Bureau

Bright Network’s entry explained how its partnership with EY helped increase diversity amongst students and graduates. The strategy involved providing a fast-track service for hard-to-reach talent and educating the market on less understood roles.

Read how Bright Network partnered with EY to increase diversity.


futureproof in partnership with Sanctuary Graduates: Highly Commended – Outstanding employer and supplier recruitment partnership – sponsored by Graduate Recruitment Bureau

ISE award winners Sanctuary Graduates and futureproof explained in their entry how their partnership is helping to close the tech skills gap.

Read how Sanctuary Graduates helped futureproof close the tech skills gap


Sheffield Hallam University: Best university and employer engagement strategy – sponsored by Symplicity

In their award entry Sheffield Hallam explained how its employer engagement programme is providing vital work experience for students while addressing regional challenges.

Read about Sheffield Hallam’s employer engagement strategy


Johnson & Johnson in partnership with The Smarty Train

Outstanding employer and supplier development partnership – sponsored by Hire STEM Women

Johnson & Johnson and The Smarty Train shared the process behind their partnership in their award entry. It aimed to build a resilient early talent development framework aligned to Johnson & Johnson’s future workforce strategy.

Read how Johnson and Johnson and The Smarty Train reimagined early talent development

Winning one of these prestigious awards from ISE can be a major boost for your organisation’s profile within the industry.

Read more about ISE Awards 2023.



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