Monday, 2 July 2012

The role of university careers services in the skills supply chain

Jane Artess (director of research, Higher Education Careers Services Unit) via Education news, comment and analysis |

Changing expectations and the work experience and internship landscape for students and graduates

The recent review of business-university collaboration led by Prof Tim Wilson recommends that every full-time undergraduate student should have the opportunity to experience a structured, university-approved, undergraduate internship during their study. Furthermore, university careers services and their local enterprise partnership (LEP) should collaborate to establish a “skills supply chain” between universities and local businesses, integrating placements, internships and employment services. Many university career services are already engaged in this work; it is the apparent unevenness of the provision across the higher education landscape that has prompted the recommendations.

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