Issue date: 03 July 2014
UWE Bristol graduates are forging ahead in the employment market despite the difficult economic climate in the past few years, as demonstrated in the comparative data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency published today.
Figures released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that 95% of graduates from UWE Bristol went into employment or further study, the seventh best performance of all English universities. The University has been consistently in the top 12 English universities for the last three years.
Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor said, “We are delighted to see that we have maintained a strong position in the sector for employment of UWE Bristol graduates. We have many great collaborations with businesses in the region that enable us to offer our students stimulating and worthwhile internship and placement opportunities, so they are work ready and able to make a good contribution from the outset. Arming our students with the skills that employers tell us they need is a big priority for the university so it is great to see that our graduates are reaping the benefits of this commitment.”
The Careers Service at UWE Bristol is rated as top in the UK for the work carried out with employers in the region.
Jennie Evans has worked with UWE Bristol since 2010 providing students and graduates with internship opportunities at her two businesses, the Wedding Secret (an online directory of wedding services) and Hop til you drop (an online music agency).
Jennie said, “We run two small businesses from our home in Somerset. We have found the internship scheme run by UWE Bristol to be very useful to our businesses as it enables us to tap into new talent. We have worked with quite a few interns now and we tend to treat the internships as a probationary period with some students staying on in full and part-time positions once the internship has ended.
“The UWE internships really do give a chance to students, especially those who don't have parents who can subsidise them whilst they work on unpaid internships, with an invaluable opportunity to gain much needed experience to put on their CV. By paying for the interns for short four to eight week periods it means that we can trial the students without commitment if things don't work out. It also means that the students have a chance to get to grips with the reality of working. We do take our responsibilities towards the students seriously and it has been fantastic to see students coming to work for us for a year or so and using the experience as a stepping stone to the next opportunity.”
Maggie Westgarth, Head of Careers Service, at UWE Bristol says that working with people like Jennie Evans is critical because businesses like The Wedding Secret and Hop Till You Drop provide students with very important insights into the world of work. She said, “We try to engineer partnerships that will stand the test of time and key to this is listening carefully to what employers need from interns when we match up students to the work on offer. Providing students with work experience that corresponds to their interests is critical as we aim to provide relevant experience that will open doors to work opportunities in their preferred area.”