Insights, tips and news from Placer experts and guest bloggers on the world of work experience..

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...


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...


Companies need to close the gender gap to address the skills gap

Next week on the 8th March will be International Women’s Day, this year’s theme is #PressforProgress which has a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. It aims to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. There are many areas where we can begin to address gender inclusivity, from the boardroom thro...


Soft skills just as essential as STEM for our future workforce

Recently, the government has increased its effort to improve the quality and take up of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. In a recent report from the National Audit Office ‘Delivering STEM skills for the economy' it highlights why - since the early 2000s there has been a growing concern about how to achieve higher productivity and economic growth in an er...


How work experience helps employers with graduate recruitment

There are many reasons why an employer would want to hire a graduate. They’re knowledgeable, enthusiastic and tech savvy; offer fresh perspectives on consumer and business behaviour and attitudes; fill the pipeline of an ageing workforce; and help plug skills gaps, both today and for the uncertain future of big data, AI, and the next industrial revolution. But snapping up graduates in the ea...


How work experience can attract millennial talent

Millennials are the workforce, employers and consumers of the future. They are technologically proficient, fast learners, a source of new insight, and hold the key to competitive edge. If you are looking to attract top millennial talent to your company, you must provide opportunities that provide them with a sense of fulfilment and enriching experiences. Offering work experience to current unde...



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