The Disability Team in collaboration with the Careers Service has put together an exciting project to assist students to gain the skills needed for the workplace. Participants in the project will take part in a series of workshops designed to give information and develop your skills in seeking out and obtaining employment. Following on from the workshops, all participants will be set up with a supported placement opportunity. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience and knowledge of recruitment processes. We would expect all students to take up this opportunity.

Why is this relevant to me?

When looking at candidates for jobs, due to the competitive nature of recruitment, employers are looking at what experience (out with qualifications) that students have. Finding employment or placements whilst studying can be a challenge and this programme is aimed to help. This programme is beneficial to all students, regardless of year of study or the programme you are on. This will be work experience that you can include on your CV, and the potential to have a referee for future applications.

What is required of you as a participant?

Firstly, you will attend a series of workshops (3) run by the Careers Service. These will cover areas such as the recruitment process (job searches, applications and interviews), a look at what employers are expecting from applicants, and specific planning for your placement. After the workshops, you will be offered a placement opportunity. The placements will vary in length but are likely to be between 2-4 weeks long. We can discuss this with you on a one to one basis.

What support is available?

You will be supported throughout the process. You will be offered a placement that has been arranged for you, i.e. no need to apply or be interviewed. The employers will already be aware of this project and will have been offered advice and guidance from the university. An adviser will go with you to an introductory meeting at the placement and will visit you whilst you are out on placement to see how things are going. At the end of the placement, you will also be offered a meeting to get feedback from your employer/placement provider including advice on any development areas to consider for the future.

Next steps?

To be considered for the project, please talk it over with your mentor, or you can arrange to come and meet an adviser to answer any questions you might have. Please note, as this is a pilot there will be limited spaces so please confirm your interest as soon as you can.