Increasing the offer of work experience in STEM subjects: can demand match supply?
- Published: Monday, 26 October 2015 11:51
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
Despite well-known and publicised benefits of work experience while in HE, there is only partial knowledge of the take-up of opportunities across students and graduates, and of the distribution of placements across employers and universities.
Even the evidence on better and faster jobs for work experience holders is still in its early stages. In this report we revisit and evaluate the evidence on participation in work experience byHE students across the UK, and the extent to which accounts from students and HEIs (demand side) match accounts from employers (supply side). We review and help make sense of the mounting number of facts and figures, many based on bespoke studies, about the coverage, importance, and effectiveness of work experience, including NCUB’s own research based on our members.
Knowing the current stance on work experience should open up opportunities to effectively improve the offer and take-up looking forward. Download the report below: