Thursday, 25 September 2014
A new initiative has been launched at the University of Worcester giving students greater access to employment and work experience opportunities with local businesses.
The WIN-WIN project allows businesses to post opportunities for students on the University’s website, such as seeking assistance with day to day tasks or help with additional projects.
Students will be able to browse through available positions and select any that are suitable to incorporate within their course, dissertation theme or for additional work experience.
Debbie Lambert, Regional Engagement Manager at the University, said: “This is a great opportunity for organisations to not only engage undergraduates in a real company, but also to work with them as potential future business people. Furthermore, the students will help the company grow and bring their fresh ideas and innovation within the business.
“It is indeed a win-win situation since the students have the chance to develop their skills and to learn more about a business environment while the organisation is assisted with free support, energy and numerous valuable abilities.”
Community First is among those organisations to get involved in the scheme. “We would absolutely encourage other organisations to offer students an opportunity to develop their skills whilst working towards organisational goals and we hope to have another student in 2014/2015,” said spokesperson Lizzie Smith.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) has already benefited from the assistance of third year student, Krystina Selley, who is studying for a degree in Creative and Digital Media. Kristina helped the Bureau to promote its services to a younger audience through the creation of two promotional films.
“It was a great insight into what it would be like working in the corporate production industry,” she said.
Tim Bawler, from CAB, added: “We would thoroughly recommend forging links with the University of Worcester or indeed any university. Whilst we primarily considered media style courses, I think there is scope to broaden this locally e.g. legal services and fund raising.”