Placer – a unique platform and app offering work experience and graduate job opportunities to students in higher education.

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.

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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.

Universities and Colleges

  • 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.

10TH MAY 2019

The work experience revolution is rising up…in Salford, Manchester!

19th century poetry was influenced by popular revolutions of the past – namely the French and American revolutions. Today, at a work experience revolution session in Salford, a poet crafted a poem inspired by the coming together of Salford Council, Salford University and Placer. When our product innovation team worked with employers, universities and students for two years in 2017 and 201..

23RD APRIL 2019

The Creative Industries Federation & Placer

Placer are delighted to be working in partnership with the Creative Industries Federation. The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. Read more about our partnership and to find out why it's so important to offer work experience and entry-level roles, and how offering work experience and graduate oppor..

2ND APRIL 2019

March Community Update

Our March community update is now live! You can view this in your browser here. If you would like to sign up for future updates on our Contact us page we will send you our latest community updates as soon as they are published! ..

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