16th October 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Gradcore pivots to remote working model to support more graduate talent

Gradcore has announced its move to remote working. The social enterprise will continue to offer its services virtually during 2020 whilst establishing flexible workspace in the city and also London from early next year.

Announced at its international Collide event for leaders of higher education and graduate talent, the move to close its current office will enable Gradcore’s team to reach a wider pool of university leavers and clients.

The company had already planned a trial of remote working during 2019, which began in March – just before the Covid-19 impacted working patterns across the world.

Chief executive Martin Edmondson said: “Our remote working model has been part of our business plan for over a year now – it fits our ethos of putting people first, increasing the reach and accessibility of our services.

“We’ve had a busy six months with great results for the universities and employers we work with and the graduates we support, all delivered through virtual platforms.

“We’re now exploring flexible office spaces for the Spring where our team can base themselves part of the week if they choose to, reflecting new models of working. It will also allow us to access and attract a wider pool of talent into the business.”

At the Collide event on Thursday, 15 October, Gradcore reported on a busy 2020 so far. Its team of employability experts carried out more than 1500 virtual assessments for graduate recruiters and over 30 virtual assessment centres for universities to evaluate the employability of their students and graduates.

The company developed a digital assessment tool, delivered remote employability health-checks for universities and planned a virtual development event for 850 business school students.

Natalie Emmanuel, operations director at Gradcore, said: “Our team has embraced remote working using platforms such as Zoom to shift our work into the virtual space, and it’s worked brilliantly for us.

“It’s enabled us to coach hundreds of under-represented unemployed graduates entering the labour market during a pandemic, assess thousands of applications as well as deliver training and capacity building to careers services.

“We’re confident a move to remote working will enable us to continue this work with even more graduates and organisations as well as attracting the best talent within the team.”

Gradcore will maintain its office address at Paradise Square, Sheffield until 24 December.

If you have any questions regarding the move, please contact Natalie Emmanuel.