Leeds Grad Seeks Employability Apportunity

Leeds Grad Seeks Employability Apportunity

A University of Leeds graduate has begun a digital venture which aims to bridge the gap between students nearing the end of their courses and employers.

George Biddle, aged 23, has created Signin, an app which gives students unique scores based on a variety of factors – such as grades, attendance record and work experience.

Employers are then able to use the scores to swiftly assess applicants for placements or graduate positions.

There are also opportunities for students to directly apply for jobs through the app, and Biddle hopes to introduce an integrated platform for video interviews in the near future.

He initially raised £30,000 to work on the service, with help from employers such as Bond Dickinson, and is looking for further investors with the hope of securing an extra £150,000 to be used for marketing and development.

Biddle came up with the idea whilst pondering the difficulties faced by graduates when applying for graduate jobs and the difficulty faced by employers in their selection processes.

“There is a real need for students and employers to work closer together and match the right jobs to the right people,” he said.

“I am confident that Signin will help this matching process and revolutionise the way firms recruit.”

While studying at Leeds, Biddle was awarded a University of Leeds enterprise scholarship, supported by Harrogate business InTechnology, and a business start-up award.

“The place is buzzing with new talent and as the key digital centre outside of London, it really is the place to be,” he added.

Biddle is hoping that after positive talks, the app may be picked up by a number of accounting companies and several mid-size law firms.

Jonny Chard