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Winners of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2013 revealed!

So who are the most popular graduate recruiters of all, as voted for by thousands of students? Who, in your eyes, are the cream of the cream in the world of employment? The list of the top organisations for graduates to work for was revealed at a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel last night, with Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) honoured as Graduate Employer of the Year. The delighted winners took to Twitter to express just how much the awards meant to them.

All the awards are voted for exclusively by students – so these really are your awards. The sector winners are chosen on the basis of the trendence Graduate Barometer survey, which we invite you to take part in every year, and which pulls in votes from thousands of students. The sector panel awards are chosen by a small group of students who are invited to the headquarters of our media partners, The Guardian, to choose their winners.

The UK’s most popular graduate recruiters for professions from accountancy to retail

The sector winners of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2013 were as follows:

  • Accounting and financial management PwC
  • Banking, insurance and financial services HM Revenue and Customs
  • Construction, civil engineering and surveying Atkins
  • Consulting McKinsey & Company
  • Consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing Unilever
  • Energy and utilities BP
  • Engineering, design and manufacture Rolls-Royce
  • Investment banking and investment Goldman Sachs
  • IT and technology Google
  • Law (solicitors) Allen & Overy LLP
  • Public sector NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
  • Retail John Lewis Partnership
  • Scientific research and development GlaxoSmithKline
  • Best use of social media Tesco

The top employers in the student panel awards

The student panel selected winners in the following categories for the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards:

  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) Wragge & Co
  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year) Deloitte
  • Best graduate recruitment website RBS Group
  • Best undergraduate internship/vacation programme Ernst & Young LLP
  • The diversity recruitment award – Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Innovation on campus award Deloitte
  • Rising star award, given to the outstanding graduate employee of the year Teach First – Jodie Bamforth
  • Apprentice of the year HSBC Bank plc – Stavros Georgiou
  • Best school leaver programme Barclays UK Retail Business Bank
  • Best apprenticeship programme IBM UK

Two other awards were also presented at the ceremony. The AGCAS award for excellence in careers service engagement, which celebrates employers who develop good working relationships with higher education careers and employability services, went to APD Communications Ltd.

There was also a special award for Carl Gilleard, the chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) since 1998, in recognition of his unique contribution to graduate recruitment. Mr Gilleard will be stepping down from his role at the AGR in July and will remain in the sector as a consultant. Stephen Isherwood, currently head of graduate recruitment for UK and Ireland at Ernst & Young, will be the AGR’s new chief executive.

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