Placer: the talent app

Placer: the talent app

What is Placer?

Developed in consultation with businesses, Placer is an innovative platform set to diversify and increase the number of university students gaining work experience. Using the latest matchmaking technology, through employer dashboards and student screens, Placer connects employers offering quality opportunities with students. The mobile app allows students to swipe left or swipe right in search of their perfect work experience match.

  • A work experience app and platform, delivering new types of fresh work experiences

  • Placer is flexible to enable, eg, taster days, shadowing, short projects – a day or a week, on top of current, structured, longer placements

  • Students load profiles in a fresh mobile app to match with work experience opportunities 

  • Employers publish work experience opportunities once to reach multiple universities and students

  • Universities can co-brand and promote the app as their own

  • The employer dashboard and student screens bring the right people together

  • Can integrate with employer recruitment workflows, or allow direct contact

  • Skills badges provide credits for key soft skills earned through work experience

Why a work experience platform?

• Nationally, employers need students with the right skills – hard and soft – as well as the right attitude

• Students need work experience: research shows undergraduates with work experience are more likely to be employed, have increased confidence, attain better classifications of degree, and get a better job faster

• Based on National Centre landscape research (2016) there are only 3,165 work experience opportunities across 21 leading brokerage platforms for 2.3 million students in the UK. 

Why is Placer different?

  • Simple to use app and user experience driving student engagement

  • Prototyped with universities, it is owned and driven by them

  • Blind screening to help level the diversity playing field

  • A ‘Platform as a Service’, integrated with university systems

  • Not just an app, but a campaign

  • Innovation in work experience: varying lengths – a day, a week, a month, a year

What people are saying

“Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to the success of our students. Access to high quality work experience has a key role to play and we welcome the introduction of Placer and the benefits it will bring to our students.” 

Mark Diggle, Director of Careers & Employability Services at Manchester Metropolitan University

“We recognise the many benefits to be gained through increasingly closer collaboration between employers and universities, particularly for students. Placer has the potential to break down barriers for students in accessing high-quality and impactful work experiences, while allowing employers to better meet and invest in their future workforce." 

Kelwyn Looi, Special Projects, Pearson

“As we look to innovate in the area of work experience, Placer’s attractive, simple and effective mobile app will help us reach a broader set of universities and widen student participation across the UK." 

Stephanie Bishop,  Head of Graduate and Apprentice Recruitment, CAP Gemini

Who is behind Placer?

Placer is a partnership of the National Centre for Universities and Business; a leading provider of tech services to the HE sector, Jisc; and student accommodation leader, Unite Students.


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