CityCareers has been awarded £100,000 in funding to expand its placement programme that allows students at City, University of London to explore different career options.
Funding has been granted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and will be used to extend the Micro-placements programme.
Initially piloted at The City Law School, the scheme gives students the chance to complete work placements in sectors that are unrelated to their field of study.
During the pilot, students were allowed to gain non-legal work experience to help enhance their employability skills.
The aim is to make students aware of the number of different careers available to them, and also help identify and develop transferable skills that can be used in any future role.
Additional support is also provided to students from under-represented groups, low income backgrounds and students who have no family history of higher education.
Students from these groups are given the option of being involved in additional workshops and training on job applications, CVs and interview skills.
Explore new career options
Early trials of the programme show that it is an effective way for students to begin career planning and also explore new career options, whilst some students have also been able to secure jobs.
HEFCE Chief Executive Madeleine Atkins said: “Funding this programme will support real progress towards closing the unacceptable differences in outcomes between groups of students.”
The project itself was set up after research – commissioned by the HEFCE – found that there is a significant difference in the employment or educational progress from different student groups, including part time, disabled and mature students.
Gemma Kenyon, Head of Careers at City, University of London, said: “Our research found that students from underrepresented groups have fewer professional contacts to help them gain work experience, offer advice and help them to feel professional when applying for roles.”
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