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

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...


It’s ‘T’ Time –putting Technology into STEM

There has, rightly, been a lot of focus on STEM subjects over the last few years. The government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper drew attention to the importance of the subjects and the need for skills in these areas highlighting STEM skills as one of the ten key pillars. This blog focuses on the T of STEM, Technology, using the 2017 UK A level results and UK Government Statistics data. ...


Local to global, how can universities support internationalisation with their business partners?

The need for businesses to adopt a global outlook has never been more crucial. Despite the rise of narrow nationalist agendas in some countries, the opportunities to trade and work overseas will grow and become more competitive. China’s Silk Road policy will drive trade in Asia, Africa and across Europe to the UK. For those willing to engage, the opportunities are immense. Those businesses that do...


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