Common Good Employability Competition

The Common Good Employability Competition (formerly known as the Real World Competition) is an exciting and challenging opportunity for students to improve their employability skills and contribute to the University’s common good mission.

You can apply to work on a real-life task for a social enterprise. Successful applicants work on the task for the equivalent of 4 days/32 hours over a 4 week period in October and November 2016. Based on employer feedback the competition steering group chooses a winner and a runner up. The winner wins a cash prize of £500; the runner up receives £300. Some employers also offer the winners a short internship in their organisation.

The 2016 competition will be launched in September. More information will appear on this website nearer the time.

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions section. You can also contact us individually at:

Fiona McBeth
Administration Manager

Sabine McKinnon
Senior Lecturer in Academic Development

Declan Jones
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Industrial Placement Officer

This competition provides people with an insight into future career aspirations and enables participants to collaborate with real-life companies with experience.

Fourth year student,  Glasgow School for Business Society

This competition is an opportunity to gain work experience and employability skills. It’s a chance to get an insight into an organisation.

Second year student,  School of Health and Life Sciences

I would strongly recommend the competition to anyone who requires a fresh and impartial view on any task or project they may have or are considering.

Stephen McDougall,  Events for Charities

As a third sector organisation whose mission is to inspire young people to learn and succeed through enterprise, the collaboration through the competition for Young Enterprise Scotland is absolutely perfect.

Geoff Leask,  Young Enterprise Scotland