University offers its students a promising employment future

Posted by pt91 at Nov 07, 2013 12:05 AM |
Internships for all promise and scholarships for high-achieving students

2013 has been an outstanding year for the University. In recent months, the University of Leicester has amassed some truly remarkable achievements and discoveries, from hugely successful public events to prestigious awards to world-class research breakthroughs. It has also risen in every major league table.

On the back of these successes, the University is launching a major internship programme which will create up to 500 paid internships per year designed to develop confidence, commercial awareness, and employability skills.

We are making a unique promise to new students from next academic year – go through our career development programme and we will help you find a paid internship.

The scheme is designed to develop confidence, commercial awareness, and employability skills.

Leicester’s Internship Promise comes as the University once again exceeds nationally set benchmarks with 92.9 per cent of its 2012 leavers in full time work or study six months after graduating, according to the performance indicators published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in July.

Not only is Leicester a top-ranking university with a graduate employment record higher than the UK university average of 91.1 per cent, it is also one of the most socially inclusive universities in the country and is committed to improving the life chances of its students.

Leicester already encourages its students and graduates to take on internships through its “Make the Most of You” campaign and the current Leicester Internship Programme. However, the new “Leicester internship promise” will raise the scheme to a new level. Alongside their degree, all interns will go through a training and development programme designed by graduate recruitment experts, to develop the skills and commitment valued by employers.

A wide range of employers will provide the placements - from multi-nationals to community groups and the University itself - and they will be open to home and EU fee-paying undergraduates.

It is anticipated that undergraduates will take up placements early in their university courses and internees will be paid pro rata salaries of £12,000 to £16,000 for the time they work – usually four weeks and up to 12 weeks. The University is investing a substantial amount of money initially to subsidise the salaries of interns at charities and small companies and organisations with tight finances.

The Internship Promise will help build the confidence of students from less privileged homes who lack the family networks and links with employers, says Bob Athwal, Director of the Career Development Service.

“All our students have ambitions because that is why they came into higher education, and the diversity of their backgrounds makes them attractive to employers who are always looking for people who bring a different lens and new perspectives. Our development programme will help coax students out of their shells, adding to initiatives we already have such as the Leicester Award for Employability that helps them choose activities that will develop their skills,” he said.

The new scheme complements the Make the Most of You campaign to build student confidence and develop leadership, management and industry awareness. It follows the success of the “no prep no entry” approach applied to the University’s Festival of Careers where students had to undertake a prep session before meeting employers. This helped them think through their career choices, select the right companies to talk to and, crucially, ask the right questions.

Approximately 80% of students taking part said this approach helped them feel more confident and prepare their conversation with employers. Feedback from employers also showed 86 per cent of them rated their conversations with students as good or excellent. Even more impressively, 75 per cent of employers identified at least 10 students they wanted to recruit and as many as 1 in 5 wanted to recruit 30 or more.

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