13 October 2021

GBS celebrates being finalists in two prestigious recruitment awards after tough year for sector

We are beyond thrilled to have been made Finalists in two categories at the prestigious IHR Awards 2021. It has been a highly challenging year for recruitment and employment and we couldn’t be prouder of our team’s hard work.


The Talent Acquisition team at Global Banking School (GBS) is celebrating being finalists for no less than two accolades in the prestigious In-House Recruitment Awards (IHR) 2021.

The awards are now in their 10th year and is the biggest celebration in the in-house recruitment industry. The aim of the awards is to reward those working in the sector in what was a highly challenging year for recruitment and employment.

GBS is up against in-house recruiters of all sizes and industry sectors across the UK.

GBS is a finalist in the Employee Referral category, where it will compete with Avanade, Nexus Fostering, Weir Minerals and Optiver (Real Links).

It is also a finalist in the Newcomer (Team) category, where it will again compete with Avanade as well as Medica Group.

In the Employee Referral category, GBS points out in its submission that prior to 2021 the higher education provider had just one Recruitment Coordinator. Now there is a full-time team of four, and the organisation has boosted staff numbers from 129 in January to over 400 in September.

GBS aims to recruit and retain quality staff to support a growth rate from 5,000 students at the beginning of January this year to 15,000 by end of 2022.

In the Newcomer (Team) category, GBS stated in its submission that once a Head of HR had been appointed in February a new strategy could be put in place to recruit and retain staff across all areas of the business.

That included the use of an Application Tracking System (ATS) plus training for managers involved in recruitment in how to use it effectively – and how to make a career at GBS an enticing and compelling prospect to potential employees.

Chris Talbot, GBS Head of Human Resources, said: “Two nominations really is a cause for celebration. The team has worked incredibly hard to recruit quality people in such numbers in such a short space of time – and we are delighted to welcome so many people to GBS who share our goals and beliefs in wanting to offer a quality higher education to those who haven’t had the opportunity before.”

The winners will be announced at the IHR Awards Gala at Park Plaza in London on 1 December.

Picture caption: from left are Anita Patel, Jean-Michel Malacarne and Ana-Maria Stefuriac from the GBS Talent Acquisition Team.