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

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...


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...



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