SME Graduate Employment Ltd is a specialist recruiter that helps small to medium sized businesses to connect with work-ready university students and graduates. Covering permanent roles and internships, across most business sectors and job types.
The business was started in December 2020 by Director Matthew Parry, who has been in recruitment roles since 2005, including 6 years dealing specifically with students and graduates. It’s an area he knows well. Matthew said:
“Taken literally, the term SME can mean an employer with 250 or less staff, but many of the businesses I work with have more employees; what they have in common is that they can offer great opportunities, but are often overshadowed by the huge graduate employers. They don’t always find it easy to promote their opportunities, meaning students and graduates aren’t always aware of them- which is where I come in. It doesn’t need to be a formal graduate scheme, and I can help with roles at any time of the year.”
The business covers the UK, meaning that Matthew is often aware of graduates from the local area who have moved away to study, and have now returned and are looking for work.
He said “I find that often these graduates can be missed if only local universities are used. There are a lot of graduates who are looking for work, but the best ones can still take a bit of finding, but that is what I do. I will carefully select and screen applicants, and only forward the best, most suitable and motivated to my clients. Before working in recruitment I had a career in customer services, and I have carried that ethos over into my recruitment work.
It’s been a great start to the business, there are definite signs that things are starting to pick up, with more graduate roles available. Hopefully there will be more options for summer work for students too.”