University of Lincoln is making a mark with employers
University of Lincoln offers lots of effective ways for employers to get involved with its students and graduates.
At the University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service, working collaboratively with employer partners is key to its supportive and engaging service.
At the centre of the employer offer is a flexible and innovative approach to student and graduate talent access. The small and friendly team is constantly evolving and sharing inspiration with employers.
With a wealth of experience, the university is passionate in facilitating relationships between employer partners and students and alumni, at no cost to the employer. CareerLinc vacancy platform enables the free advertising of employment and developmental opportunities to the university’s student and graduate population.
To encourage business growth, the university supports employers to inject fresh ideas or specialist skills through the recruitment of recent graduates.
Its internship programme, available to any sized business across the UK, supports employers financially via funding and delivers a quality, tailored package removing barriers to recruitment. Many graduate interns quickly prove themselves to be invaluable and go on to be offered permanent roles with the company.
There are many events and activities employers can engage with across the academic year. The annual ‘How to get a graduate job with…’ event series provides the Guardian’s 300 UK employers access to a captive audience of students and graduates keen to explore their career opportunities. The university organises, promotes and facilitates the series, engaging more than 1,000 students and graduates in the last academic year.
Further opportunities include collaborative working within its employability framework, The Lincoln Award. This award provides employers with the opportunity to feature in mock assessment centres and provides an invaluable opportunity to meet future talent. This is demonstrated by previous assessment centres, which resulted in job offers for students.
Furthermore, the university’s Find Your Feet Careers Fair is attended annually by many employer partners and attracts students and graduates across all disciplines seeking development opportunities.
Though the university has established many successful partnerships, its collaboration with Santander over recent years has generated significant interest around the company’s early careers opportunities from the university’s community.
Regularly taking part in the annual Find your Feet Careers Fair, ‘How to get a graduate job with series…’ and mock assessment centres has contributed to successfully raising Santander’s profile and recruitment.
Current University of Lincoln student Naomi Ngondi was recently successful in securing a place on Santander’s Black Inclusion programme, an opportunity that Naomi felt would be invaluable to her career development.
Commenting on its partnership with the university, Santander said, “We have worked with the University of Lincoln successfully over recent years. In 2020, despite the pandemic we were able to provide employment presentations and contribute to the Lincoln Award. The partnership between Santander and Lincoln continues to strengthen and we look forward to seeing what the students have to offer in 2021.”
In raising the career aspirations of students and graduates, the university is continually seeking to build collaborative partnerships with employers.
This is an excerpt from the ISE Complete Guide to Student Recruitment and Development