National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), Unite Students and Jisc announce partnership to create national register of student work experience opportunities.
In a move to help students find the right work experience, the NCUB, Unite Students and Jisc have joined forces. The partnership will work with universities to develop a unique matchmaking service aimed at bringing together businesses, charities and students to build a mutually beneficial connection.
Creation of a digital platform for the service will give students easy access to work experience opportunities across the country and NCUB has already integrated the working prototype with career service systems with partnering universities.
David Docherty, chief executive of the NCUB said:
“We are delighted to be working with Unite Students, and Jisc to level the playing field in giving university students equal access to opportunities, help universities provide a wider range of experience for their students and give business access to a more diverse talent pool.”
Research shows that graduates with work experience are more likely to be employed, have increased confidence, attain better classifications of degree, and get a better job faster. The work experience platform will create a national pool of work experiences, particularly for students from disadvantages backgrounds.
The partnership will be working with business to provide a range of working experience opportunities for undergraduates across the UK.
Richard Smith, CEO of Unite Students said:
“We provide a home to over 50,000 students across the UK and our research has identified that employability is an increasingly important issue for students, so the timing of this project couldn’t be better.
We’re excited to be working with NCUB and Jisc to improve access to work experience opportunities for students, and know that it will benefit both students and the business community alike.”
Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc said:
“This is an exciting venture to be involved in and one that will help to support universities deliver a joined-up, enriched experience for their students.
We know from the recent results of our student digital experience tracker (pdf) of 22,000 students, just how valuable work experience will be in increasing their understanding of the digital skills they need for the workplace.”