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:


Digital Marketing Academy

The Digital Marketing Academy is designed to inform, educate and inspire students looking to further their knowledge and career prospects within the field of digital marketing.

Run collaboratively between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, and in partnership with local SME industry graduate employers Impression and Hallam, the Digital Marketing Academy is designed to advise students on the essential skills required to become a success in the sector.

Following an initial ‘Get Inspired’ event, the Digital Marketing Academy provides the opportunity for participants to learn about four key areas of digital marketing:

  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Digital PR
  • Pay Per Click (PPC)
  • Social Media
  • Web Design and Development

Students will be able to take part in four themed workshops, each aligned to one of these key aspects. Each session will be co-delivered by Impression, Hallam and a small number of other local digital agencies, with sessions split between both University campuses.

After attending at least one of these workshops and completing a minimum of two mandatory Google accreditations, participants of the Digital Marketing Academy will be eligible to attend an insight day and/or digital challenge. This will allow students to experience life within a working-agency and to complete a simulated client brief alongside their peers.

Following the digital marketing challenge, The Digital Marketing Academy concludes with a presentation of all completed briefs at a celebration event attended by digital marketing professionals.

For further information on the Digital Marketing Academy, please contact Amy Underwood.


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.

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

Information on Grads4Nottm 2020 will be available soon.

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.


For further information on how we can assist local businesses in keeping talent in Nottingham, please contact talent@ntu.ac.uk

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

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