Students from the University of Hull have been helping some of the country’s leading manufacturers develop a blueprint for attracting the next generation of talent.
Computer Science student Olivia Moore, Chemistry student Leigh Peck and Mechanical Engineering student Kofi Fox represented the University at Make UK’s National Manufacturing Conference in London.
At the conference, they took part in the #GenerationZ workshops where they helped employers develop strategies for effectively engaging with and attracting young people and graduates into their businesses.
They also had the opportunity to listen to keynote speeches from industry leaders, politicians and leading figures in sport and the media, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and now Chair of UK Sport.
Generation Z, also known as Post-Millennials or the iGeneration, refers to people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.
Olivia, 21, has recently completed a placement year with Nissan in Sunderland. Leigh 23, has recently done a placement with Smith and Nephew in Hull, while Kofi, 19, is due to start a placement with Hull-based engineering firm Spencer Group.
Below they give their thoughts on how employers can attract talent and what they are looking for in a job.