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?

employers

Employers

  • 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

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.
students

Students

  • 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.

11TH FEBRUARY 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University tells students looking for work experience “there’s an app for that”

Read how the Careers and Employability Service at Manchester Metropolitan University are promoting Placer to their students, and find out why almost 900 students at the university have already downloaded the app. Elham Afzal, Event Management student said: "What I like about the Placer app is that it’s very easy to use, very simple, it collects lots of different opportunities in o..

8TH JANUARY 2019

How students find opportunities with employers on the Placer app

Have a look at our video to see how students search and view opportunities posted by employers via the Placer app. You can see how with a simple swipe students can quickly review exciting opportunities from employers and how they can set a range of criteria, including type of role and location, to target their search. Employers can include skills badges which provide students with a quick way ..

20TH NOVEMBER 2018

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 ..

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