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What's new at #TREC2017
What's new at #TREC2017
Attracting talent 02nd Jun 2017

The Talent, Recruitment and Employment Conference takes place on 21 June in London. We spoke to REC Head of HR & Projects Steve Othen about the agenda for this year.

What’s different about TREC this year?

TREC is even bigger and better this year. In terms of keynotes, we are happy to welcome back Matthew Syed as the feedback we got on his talk at last year’s event was phenomenal.

The Good Recruitment Campaign now has more than 230 signatories, so it’s going to be great to meet with HR, talent acquisition and recruitment professionals from companies all of shapes, sizes and sectors.

What hot topics are on this year’s agenda?

We’re going to be talking about emerging talent (including apprenticeships), wellbeing, candidate experience, workforce planning, flexible hiring, employer brand, social sourcing as so much more all under one roof.

The other big thing about this year is that we will be launching our new research, Perfect match - making the right hire and the cost of getting it wrong, which will be looking at how you can avoid the cost of bad recruitment. This report will be available free to all delegates on the day.

What sets TREC apart from other HR conferences?

The main thing that differentiates TREC is that it’s practitioner led – which means the takeaways are real and practical, it’s engaging – meaning you’ll get to have your say and have your questions answered, and that we have a mix of established speakers and people that you rarely see speak anywhere else, which is a great balance.

Who are you looking forward to hearing from?

I am really looking forward to hearing from Dave Coplin (our second keynote) about technology. When we asked our GRC Advisory Panel for speaker recommendations, Dave was mentioned by at least three people, so we were delighted when we were able to get him to speak. 

How can delegates make the most out of TREC?

Choose your roundtable topics: With so much to discuss on the day, make sure you chose your topics as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Network: TREC is the only time we bring the membership of REC and GRC together under one roof, make sure you make the most of it

Engage: The big thing about TREC is the opportunity to engage, get involved in the conversations throughout the day to make sure you don’t go home without getting your questions answered

Feedback: Every year we adapt TREC based on common feedback that we receive, make sure you complete the feedback forms so we can keep making the event even better

Bring your clients: The topics at TREC not only allow you to hear client challenges first hand, but also allow you to bring clients to a truly relevant event at a great price. Plus, if they sign up to the GRC beforehand, they may be entitled to a free place too.

There is still time to register for TREC 2017. Visit or call 0207 009 2100 to book. 


Steve Othen
Steve Othen - Head of Strategic Projects

After a brief spell as a Permanent Consultant for a high street recruitment agency, Steve joined The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in September 2004. Over the last decade, Steve has held various roles across the business including Corporate Membership Manager, Organisational Change Manager, Head of Service Delivery and Acting Director of Member Delivery. Steve assumed his current position of Head of Strategic Projects in July 2013 and manages, among other projects, the Good Recruitment Campaign and has shared responsibility for internal HR.

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