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

15TH MAY 2018

Working in partnership to expand opportunities for students

It is hard to remember a time in higher education when work experience wasn't important. Placements and internship provision have become a normal part of the university landscape and employers say that evidence of work experience is a crucial component of any successful application. Each year, the Institute of Student Employers’ membership survey shows an increase in the number of ..

1ST MAY 2018

Why work experience is the most important thing you will do

At school I was taught to do well so that I could go to university, that was the end goal. But, I wasn’t taught how to prepare for what came after university or what job roles were available to me, I was just told to choose a subject to pursue. I was fortunate enough that my course at university offered a placement year which also counted towards my degree. Without this being an available..

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 ..

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