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

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...


Does work experience hold the key to the UK's skills gap?

This week, we learned from the latest labour market statistics that there are a record number of people in work across the UK, up 0.8% from 2016 and the highest on record since the 1970s. However, despite a growth in employment the UK continues to face a significant skills gap. Numerous reports, research, and warnings continue to capture headlines - with many organisations and businesses citing...


5 ways work experience can bring top talent into your business

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are only as successful as their workforce. Attracting the best undergraduate and postgraduate talent into your business is of crucial importance to enable you to compete and grow. So, how can work experience help bring top talent into your organisation? Here are just five ways: Recruiting and developing the skills you need Across the UK economy, organisati...


6 boosts work experience can give your business

At Placer, we know that a well-designed and well-structured work experience programme can bring a multitude of benefits to businesses of all sizes. From bringing in fresh, diverse talent to ensuring you have the skills you need for the future. Here are six boosts that work experience students can bring to your business: 1. Innovation through diversity Businesses of all sizes are working hard...


Mind the skills gap: How to prepare STEM graduates for employment

‘The graduate employment gap: expectations versus reality’ a recent report from the CIPD, shows that STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are statistically more likely to be unemployed six months after graduation than graduates from any other disciplines. Recent government investment into STEM education needs to be supplemented with measures designed t...


How can a diverse workforce drive productivity?

Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce are long-held and well-established objectives for most organisations. However, it’s fair to say that we are now experiencing a real shift in attitudes; a recognition from businesses that cultivating a diverse workplace is more than simply the ‘right’ thing to do, but a real driver for business success. Diversity to inspire innovation ...


How small businesses can use work experience to tap into top talent

The quality of any business is reliant on the pedigree of its workforce, and the creativity and dedication it’s staff bring to the organisation. This is especially true for small businesses where every single employee plays a pivotal part in the business’s success. Most SMEs consist of up to 20 members of staff, meaning it is of upmost importance to recruit the right talent and righ...


3 ways work experience can help you attract the skills and talent your business needs

Work experience has long been available to students, with businesses, universities and colleges working hard to make it effective for all involved. However, there are some significant challenges in the quality, quantity and access. Work experiences can often be low level admin, or at the very worst, dogsbody tasks. In addition, there’s a massive shortfall in the number of work experience opp...


Placer: making work experience, work for your business

Employers are crying out for work-ready graduates, and students need the employability skills businesses demand. But there is a massive shortfall in the number of opportunities available for the 2.3 million university students in the UK. Right now, there is not enough volume or quality of work experience available. Every experience counts In response, we have come together, The National Cent...



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