Spencer Ogdens Graduate Academy goes global
Spencer Ogden’s Graduate Academy goes global
Global energy recruitment agency, Spencer Ogden, has announced the globalisation of its renowned Graduate Academy scheme. Parallel to its expanding global operations, Spencer Ogden will now offer international students the opportunity to attend its Graduate Academy in London before returning to work for the company in their home countries.
An energy industry first, Spencer Ogden’s Graduate Academy was launched in 2010 and has raised the bar in terms of the expertise expected of recruiters in the sector. Currently running 12 global academies each year, sessions last for two weeks. In advance of each & lsquo;term’ graduates with a degree, or those with backgrounds relevant to the energy industry can apply to take part. More than 100 trainees are rewarded with a full-time position at the company every year and this figure looks set to increase with the globalisation of the scheme.
David Spencer-Percival, CEO of Spencer Ogden comments: “Globalising the Graduate Academy is a wonderful solution to a difficult problem faced by many of the international students currently studying in the UK. Until recently they could have applied for a & lsquo;Post Study Work’ visa which would have allowed them to remain and work in this country. Now that this has been severely restricted for non-EU nationals, we plan to help by ensuring they at least have a job waiting for them when they return home.”
The next Graduate Academy will take place at Spencer Ogden’s London HQ in February 2013. Students will learn in a dedicated environment with access to several of the company’s most successful recruitment consultants, many of whom first came to the company through the academy.
Tom Reid joined Spencer Ogden after taking part in an academy in 2010. Since then he has risen through the ranks and now leads the company’s nuclear division. Talking about his experience at the Graduate Academy he says: “It was an intense couple of weeks, but extremely rewarding and it set me up well for a career in recruitment. Once I was a fully-fledged member of the team my training continued, I was glad to find that it didn’t just finish once the first two weeks were up.”
Reid continues: “If there are any students thinking about a career in recruitment, whether that is in the UK or back in their home countries, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the training I received during my time at the academy.”
Since January, Spencer Ogden has opened offices in America, Singapore, Canada and Hong Kong and the company has plans for further expansion in the New Year. The Graduate Academy is open to UK graduates looking to work for Spencer Ogden in the UK, and to international students keen to join Spencer Ogden in their respective territories.