Placer – a unique platform and app developed in partnership with universities and colleges offering work experience opportunities to students.

Employers need work-ready graduates and students need work experience to gain the skills employers demand. But there is a shortage of work experience placements on offer, as well as barriers for students from low income backgrounds or those without word-of-mouth connections. Placer is a partnership between the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), Jisc and Unite Students, and is addressing this challenge nationally .

Placer is revolutionising the way that students access work experience opportunities by offering a unique platform on which employers can publish their work experience opportunities (anything from one-day tasters to long-term placements) to reach multiple universities/colleges and their students.

The result?

  • Students improve their employment prospects by developing the skills they need to be work-ready when they graduate.
  • Employers benefit from a pool of student talent and get to meet their recruits of the future.
  • Universities and colleges attract students who know they need to get experience of work alongside their studies.

General enquiries:

Contact us Call us

Sign up for future updates:

Who is Placer for?


  • Tap into a pool of high calibre student talent.
  • Build lasting relationships with universities, colleges and their students.
  • Meet job candidates of the future - saving you time and money on recruitment further down the line.


  • Attract the best students by offering high-quality work experience opportunities.
  • Help your students develop the job-ready skills they need alongside their studies.
  • Give students access to work experience opportunities generated by you, as well as those curated by Placer.


  • Enhance your job prospects by gaining job-specific skills and practical experience of work.
  • Access a wide range of opportunities from your university and Placer’s network of employers.
  • Use work experience to make informed career decisions.

17TH APRIL 2018

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 ..

4TH APRIL 2018

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..

26TH MARCH 2018

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..

Join as an Employer