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News: May 2018
Rare Masterclasses: A look under the hood of Rare's CRS

Using contextual recruitment, as former education secretary Justine Greening explains succinctly, allows companies to stop “fishing in a talent puddle and start fishing in a talent pool”. Quite so, and as more recruiters look to take the next steps in creating the best workforce for their business, Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) is on hand to help.

Each year, Rare holds focused masterclasses that give graduate recruitment managers and diversity teams the inside track on our award-winning software and effective positive action programmes. Over breakfast at Rare client Eversheds Sutherland, guests were walked through the experience of using our CRS by Rare MD Raph Mokades. Seeing firsthand how a candidate’s grades in context tell a more accurate story of their potential is always eye-opening, and several of our current clients were on hand to explain the difference the CRS has made to their graduate intake.

"When we started working with Rare, 17% of our trainees were from a BME background.  Last year 38% of our offers were to BME students,” explained Herbert Smith’s Director of Recruitment, Pete Chater. “Last year, 12% of our hires qualified for Free School Meals, and we just weren’t getting in front of candidates like this before. The CRS has enabled us to understand the holistic view of each applicant's achievements, which has resulted in us interviewing a more diverse pool of students."

At Hachette UK, where Rare co-created the positive action Fresh Chapters [LINK to site] programmes, graduate recruitment professionals were able to learn crucial insights from Rare and Hachette on best practice for positive action internships, and on overcoming the challenges which can arise. In a free discussion led by Rare Director Kura Dione-Warren, Head of Account Management, teams shared their questions, concerns and positive action aims under Chatham House rules. Current Fresh Chapters trainee Mireille Harper was awarded a prestigious, staff-voted award at Trapeze Books during the first six months of her placement. Of Rare’s role in securing her traineeship, Mireille told us, “I honestly feel like if I hadn’t had that support, I wouldn’t have got the place on Fresh Chapters. I had plenty of good ideas and lots of work experience, but I wasn’t showing any commercial awareness to demonstrate how my ideas could be applied.” Read our full interview with Mireille here.

Rare’s CRS continues to allow firms to get in front of the highly qualified diverse candidates they often otherwise miss. Our award-winning development programmes, support and mentoring provide the crucial nudge toward employment-readiness many of our exceptional diverse candidates need.  

Our masterclass series was launched in 2013 as a response to client demand for in-person training and information sharing from Rare’s expertise, from over a decade of recruiting and developing the best diverse candidates across the UK. 

If you’d like a private demonstration of Rare’s CRS, contact the team here.

Keywords: CRS, Contextual Recruitment System, Masterclass