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Integrated Careers and Employability Service at Leeds Trinity University College

Leeds Trinity Careers and Employability Service plays a central part in improving the graduate employability of its students. To show best practice in the support of students and academic departments, the careers service and placement team have recently joined forces to become one integrated department.

The newly-formed department enables professionally qualified careers advisers, business start-up support and job shop to operate alongside volunteering and placement specialists who source over 1,000 placements each year.

Employer feedback

It is mandatory for Leeds Trinity students to undertake a work placement in both their first and second year. This is part of a 20-credit module involving preparation followed by a six-week unpaid placement and follow-up sessions. Employer partners are involved in working with individual students, offering them opportunities to gain valuable experience and to reflect on their skills and development needs for their future careers.

The department assesses employer feedback to ensure that students are fully equipped to exceed what is expected of them. This year, the department has improved the feedback it obtains from placement hosts to encompass a graduate skills and sector skills assessment. This employer feedback is submitted via an employer portal and is valuable because it enhances the personal development of individual students on placement who are encouraged to discuss the feedback with their progress tutors. It is also invaluable for enabling the university to identify any skills gaps which could be addressed within the curriculum.

Professional knowledge

At the end of the placement cycle, the Careers and Employability Service holds an annual 'thank you' lunch and feedback event for placement hosts. Employers are grouped by sector with representatives from the relevant academic departments. This is a very informative, interactive event. Interaction with placement hosts supplies the service with high quality information about new developments in specific employment sectors and about the current and future demand in the region for particular employability skills. This professional knowledge is used to help Careers and Employability Service staff develop student employability, raise aspirations and build confidence.

For more information, contact: Karen Howden, Careers Service Manager, Leeds Trinity University College.

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Created on: 03 September 2012

Last updated: 24 September 2012

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