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Cass Business School student on the transforming benefits of a work placement

I am Yushi Chen, a graduate student at Cass Business School in MSc Management. During the last term, I applied to join the Cass bespoke Corporate Responsibility project to complete my dissertation with a work placement. And that’s how I met Placer, spending a demanding yet rewarding two months of the year. At the time I joined Placer, the team was seeking partnership and engagement with ...


Working in partnership to expand opportunities for students

It is hard to remember a time in higher education when work experience wasn't important. Placements and internship provision have become a normal part of the university landscape and employers say that evidence of work experience is a crucial component of any successful application. Each year, the Institute of Student Employers’ membership survey shows an increase in the number of ...


Why work experience is the most important thing you will do

At school I was taught to do well so that I could go to university, that was the end goal. But, I wasn’t taught how to prepare for what came after university or what job roles were available to me, I was just told to choose a subject to pursue. I was fortunate enough that my course at university offered a placement year which also counted towards my degree. Without this being an available...


Why Sky is joining the Work Experience Revolution with Placer

Functionality, diversity and accessibility are just three of the key reasons why we have signed up to join the work experience revolution with Placer. Investing in young people is important to us at Sky and work experience is one way in which the company can approach this, whilst building a pipeline of talent and bringing in a fresh set of new and innovative ideas. With our focus on broadening ...


Boosting the employability of university students

There is no question that universities are becoming increasingly accessible to a more diverse group of learners, and I believe technology has played a crucial role in driving this change. However, there’s still more that could be done to help disadvantaged university students thrive once they start their course, and even more importantly support that could be put in place to help them to for...


Do work placements add value to higher education in 2018?

Getting a graduate job has never been easy, but with so many students about to enter the marketplace this year competition is likely to be fierce. As a hiring manager I am always looking for something that makes a candidate stand out amongst a sea of CVs. But for the candidates themselves it is tough. Employability is very much front of mind for students, and over the last four years we’v...


Disruptive innovation – how are degree apprenticeships affecting work experience?

Last week we launched a new report setting out some of the impacts, challenges and opportunities arising from degree apprenticeships, based on interviews with 25 NCUB member businesses and universities conducted in the months following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last April. The Levy was always likely, and in many ways intended, to change employer practices, so we were keen to u...


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Gaining key employability skills through work experience

Employers are increasing looking for undergraduates that have a range of transferable skills. Often called soft skills, these can range from collaborating with team members to problem solving. Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends Report, highlights how high on the agenda these skills are, so much so that 92% of respondents rated soft skills as a critical priority. This is because exec...


Work experience should be top of the agenda for National Careers Week

This week marks National Careers Week, an important date in the calendar for schools, colleges, universities, teachers and careers professionals. It is a week that highlights the importance of good careers education and supporting young people leaving education. It provides a great opportunity to shout out about the value of work experience and for this year’s National Careers Week (#NCW2...



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