EY and AstraZeneca have joined the Graduate Fog Employers Club, along with Trainline, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Lloyd’s of London.

The five big firms have all said they are proud to join our coalition of responsible UK employers of young people, and look forward to collaborating with other forward-thinking firms to lead the way on the fair and ethical recruitment of junior talent.

All happily agreed to our Members’ Checklist, which guarantees that they pay their interns, are taking pro-active steps to recruit young people from more diverse backgrounds, and reply to every application they receive.

TEAM PLAYER: EY’s James Gordanifar, pictured at the Club’s members’ summer lunch at the Groucho Club, June 2019 (with Priscilla Baffour, Financial Times)

James Gordanifar, head of student recruitment at EY, said:

“EY is an early supporter of Graduate Fog’s work on unpaid internships and we’re pleased to formalise this relationship by joining the Graduate Fog Employers Club. We’re proud of our track record as a responsible employer of young people, and we’re keen to make sure we remain a leader by continuing to learn, as well as sharing our knowledge. We all face big, complex challenges, so collaboration is vital as we all look to progress. We are often invited to join employers’ networks but the Graduate Fog Employers Club stood out because of their shared outlook on responsible employment, the calibre of its members, and their commitment to diversity, inclusion and fair access for all young people. We were also impressed that we had to pass a test to join the Club – we’ve never been asked to do that before!”

CREATIVE THINKING: AstraZeneca’s Kate Wright at our Spring 2019 event at Channel 4

Adam Isle, Global Talent Acquisition Lead – Early Talent & MBA Programmesat AstraZeneca, said:

“AstraZeneca is delighted to join the Graduate Fog Employers Club. We believe that removing barriers to work experience and opportunities for students to gain valuable skills is one way we can help develop the next generation of talent. We need to think creatively about how we provide opportunities to help all students understand the options available for them to gain the skills and experience they need to realise their potential.”

HOST WITH THE MOST: Trainline have generously offered to host the Club’s autumn event, in October

David Smith, HR & Talent Director at Trainline, said:

“At Trainline, we’re entering a phase of rapid growth – and we want to make sure that we expand our team in the right way, in line with our values and commitments to fair access, diversity and inclusion. Joining the Graduate Fog Employers Club gives us instant access to a high-calibre community of employers who have faced a similar challenge and know what works (and what doesn’t) – knowledge which is invaluable to us. In the spirit of collaboration, we’d be delighted to share details of our own innovations in this space, which we expect to be of interest to them.”

TRUE COLOURS: Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Beth Freemantle (in red) at the Club’s members’ summer lunch in June 2019 (pictured with Alex Howell, KPMG)

Ashley Hever, Director of Talent Acquisition, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said:

“Enterprise are pleased to be joining what is a fantastic initiative – the Graduate Fog Employers Club. As a company, we value the differences that make each of us unique and strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be their authentic and true self. We are excited to begin our partnership with Graduate Fog and we’re looking forward to working with other like-minded organisations to ensure that we continue to be the diverse and inclusive workplace that allows our employees to be their best.”

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Lloyd’s of London’s Paul Awcock joined the Club on the spot when we went to meet his team

Paul Awcock, Head of Talent Acquisition, Lloyd’s of London, said:

“We were impressed by the quality of the Graduate Fog Employers Club’s early members and joined on the spot when we met the team. It’s clear there is something special happening here, which we didn’t want to miss out on. At Lloyd’s of London, we’re in a phase of reflection and planning – and it’s vital that we move forward in line with our values and commitments to fair access, diversity and inclusion. We recognise that our unique position – as founder of the London insurance market, but not our members’ employer – places us in an important leadership role within our industry. We also know that in order to lead, we must stay informed. Joining the Club gives us a seat at the table during cutting-edge discussions about the fast-changing landscape of early careers recruitment, supplying us with invaluable knowledge and ideas to help us navigate the challenges ahead.”

The five firms join our fast-expanding Club of 20 big UK employers, which already includes Google, Channel 4, Royal Mail and KPMG. To read more about the Club, click here. To see the full list of Club Members and why they joined, click here. If you work for a big UK employer and would like to speak to us about joining the Club, contact us here.