Keeping talent in Nottingham

Nottingham is a city full of vibrant culture, innovative businesses and a great quality of life, making it a perfect location for students and graduates to kick-start their career. Working closely with local businesses, we are committed to assisting employers in sourcing and keeping talent in Nottingham at the conclusion of their studies and continuing the journey together. Our talented students and graduates possess numerous skills that will bring impetus to your business and to our region.

Working With Local Talent

We are focused on ensuring that NTU Talent is able to be reached by employers from the local region. Our Employability team have close relationships with hundreds of businesses in and around the Nottingham area.

1,790 graduates from 2017 work in Nottingham, with 76.3% of these employed in professional jobs.*

There are a number of events throughout the academic year aimed specifically at businesses from the Nottingham region, allowing them to engage and build relationships with our students and graduates.

Find out more about our schemes below:

Grads 4 Nottm

Grads4Nottm is an initiative designed to highlight great businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The scheme is a NTU-exclusive two-week work experience project which focuses on graduate retention in the city and gives local employers the opportunity to showcase their business to students.

Businesses submit real-life challenges to our students or graduates, who will then solve them. Challenges are advertised anonymously, taking away any brand bias and putting all employers on an even playing field. Students and graduates then pick challenges that are best suited to their skills.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary, Grads4Nottm 2019 will have a ‘creator’ focus, meaning that this year’s challenges will all have an element of creative-thinking.

This year's event takes place between 10 - 21 June 2019.

The initiative aims to:

  • promote Nottingham as a great place to live and work
  • make students aware of the types of businesses and graduate jobs available
  • help students access the growing and diverse small medium enterprise (SME) network, recognised as the largest recruiter of graduate talent in the region
  • provide local businesses with a cost-effective way to sample new talent and create a candidate pipeline for graduate opportunities

To learn more, please contact Lucy Moore.

Submit your challenge today!

Esper entered into the Grads4Nottm project with modest expectations but were ultimately very impressed. We were extremely happy with the focus, insights and direction provided from all graduates working with us and were delighted to offer a permanent position to one of the graduates at the conclusion of the scheme

Nick Wright, Esper

Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter, based in the heart of the city, is home to a number of talented SMEs, providing a superb location for NTU students and graduates to thrive. Last year, 30% of all UK graduates went to work for companies with fewer than 250 employees and one in six were with companies with fewer than 50 employees.*

Specialising in creative and digital skills, we work closely with the Creative Quarter to provide experience for our students studying in courses aligned to these disciplines. Read about one of our many success stories from within the Creative Quarter here.

One of our initiatives within the Creative Quarter is the CQ Timeswap. This sees employers take on the role of mentors for students, in return for time-slots to work within their business. For further information, please contact Lucy Moore.

Boots Digital Challenge

As one of our key strategic partners and one of the largest employers in Nottingham, Boots is a great organisation in which our talent can learn, develop and showcase their skills.

The Boots Digital Challenge represents an opportunity for our students to learn more about working in a fast-paced, digital environment for a large organisation. For Boots, the Challenge gives them an opportunity to engage with our students, see them work on live projects and understand their skills and strengths early in their university careers.

Offering a collaborative approach to supporting recruitment and a talent pipeline in Boots, the scheme also supports the objective of sourcing work opportunities for all students and raising awareness of cross discipline roles.

Students from a wide-range of course disciplines are encouraged to apply for a digital simulated challenge,with immediate and direct feedback from the Boots management team.

Additionally, applications for a work-experience programme within the organisation are encouraged, with students able to gain permanent roles as a result.

For further information on how we can assist local businesses in keeping talent in Nottingham, please contact

* Dr Charlie Ball, Head of HE Intelligence, Graduate Prospects

Still need help?

Employability Business Development Team
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