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Triumph for L’Oréal at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards

L’Oréal was named the UK’s most popular graduate recruiter at a glittering ceremony in London last week, having fought off stiff competition to win the overall prize at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015.

This year a record number of students – more than 40,000 – took part in voting for the Awards by completing a survey carried out by international research organisation trendence, a sister company to TARGETjobs. The survey, which is carried out annually, took in views from students and recent graduates at 120 different universities.

The Awards were presented by Lenny Henry at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane. L’Oréal was also voted the most popular recruiter in the consumer goods category and took home one of the two marketing campaign awards. The headline sponsor of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015 was National Grid.

The UK’s most popular recruiters for careers from accounting to science

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015 identified the most popular graduate recruiters in 15 sectors of work:

  • Accounting and financial management PwC
  • Banking, insurance and financial services HSBC Bank plc
  • Construction, civil engineering and surveying Arup
  • Consulting McKinsey & Company
  • Consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing L'Oréal
  • Energy and utilities BP
  • Engineering, design and manufacture Rolls-Royce
  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism Hilton Worldwide
  • Investment banking and investment J.P. Morgan
  • IT and technology Google
  • Law Allen & Overy LLP
  • Logistics, transport and supply chain British Airways
  • Public sector MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service
  • Retail John Lewis Partnership
  • Scientific research and development GlaxoSmithKline

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015 in full

In all, 28 awards were presented at the ceremony, recognising employers’ successes in areas ranging from use of social media to offering apprenticeship and school leaver programmes. Barclays won all three awards for recruiters targeting students from schools and colleges.

  • Best use of social media The Army
  • Best apprenticeship programme Barclays
  • Best school leaver programme Barclays
  • Apprentice of the year Laura Webber – Barclays
  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) L'Oréal
  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year) Accenture
  • Best graduate recruitment website Bloomberg
  • Best undergraduate internship/vacation programme IBM UK
  • Innovation on campus Credit Suisse
  • Rising star Max Pullen, Mott MacDonald
  • Diversity recruitment National Grid
  • AGCAS award for excellence in careers and employability service engagement Phoenix Education Trust
  • Advancement of social mobility in graduate recruitment Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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