Since our work placement programme started in 2014 we have helped over 100 students undertake internships, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience.
Our programme helps gifted but cash-strapped students to take up internships and placements across the full range of sectors, prioritising opportunities in sectors where paid entry level work is hard to access but essential for progression onto graduate level work.
Having a degree is no longer enough to secure yourself a job when you graduate. Having relevant work experience helps you stand out from the thousands of other students graduating each year.
In the arts, heritage, social justice and environmental sectors, entry level work experience is unpaid which precludes graduates from poorer backgrounds. As such, the talent base from which these sectors recruit becomes ever narrower.
Working in partnership with Careers & Employability and building on the success of the pilot year, we intend to raise £100,000 to support work placements for the 2016/17 academic year. This averages out at helping around 100 students gain valuable work experience through three routes – curriculum based placements, on campus employment internships and external internships within the third sector and creative industries.
For more information please contact the Development Team on 01784 414478 or email us
Michaela, PhD History
“The Ignition Fund internship was a fantastic opportunity and my professional confidence grew. It also paid me a living wage – something that most internships do not do. It was amazing to be able to do my dream job and get paid for doing it!”