Liz Knowles – Fulcrum Direct Limited

Business Name: Fulcrum Direct Limited

Business Location: Cardiff

Business Contact: Liz Knowles

Graduate Job Title(s): Project Work

Have you used any other graduate schemes? (if so, how many)

“Yes, Santander Internships and Go Wales”

What were your thoughts/feelings around taking on employees/graduates for roles/schemes during a pandemic?

“No problem, the type of work we undertake can be carried out remotely.”

What attracted you to the Venture Graduate Scheme?

“We were directed to the scheme via USW. The appeal is its broad coverage.”

Why did you decide to get involved with the Venture Graduate Scheme?

“We needed to recruit staff and graduate recruitment has always proved very successful for us.”

How was your experience using the Venture Graduate Scheme, especially during a pandemic?

“It was good. Because the pandemic meant we couldn’t meet anyone face to face there were a few initial questions over who is responsible for what but these were ironed out and the calibre of applicants was good.”

Is there anything you would say to other businesses thinking of taking on a graduate through the Venture Graduate Scheme?

“It’s definitely a good route to go.”

What would your advice be to graduates that are looking to secure their first job? Do you have any top tips?

Prepare! Make sure you know as much about the company and the job as possible. Also be prepared to say why you are a good fit for the role on offer and what you would contribute.”

How did the recruiting support help your business? And, would you make any changes?

“Advertised our vacancies to a wide audience and helped make sure we had relevant applicants.”

Would you recommend us to others? And would you use us again?

“Yes and yes!”

One sentence to sum up your Venture Graduate Scheme experience…

“Very positive….”


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