Talent Projects

Talent Projects

Ensuring young people have the skills for the future is one the principal pillars of the Government’s recently announced Industrial Strategy. The Industrial Strategy requires a flow of high-quality graduates to power the economy. And, crucially, it points to the need to increase opportunity for all students.

Improved workforce diversity and inclusion are long-held objectives. But we are now experiencing a real shift in attitudes, a recognition from employers, that cultivating diversity is not just the ‘right’ thing to do but vital for our future economy.

talent projects

Recruiting diverse talent enables a wide mix of students to develop crucial transferable skills – breaking down some of the barriers to employment. It exposes undergraduates to a workplace culture, shaping their adaptability, communication and confidence.

But fundamentally, universities and business need to work together to produce resilient people able to cope with change and confusion. We have spent over a decade talking about work-ready graduates, now we need future-ready graduates.

Talent projects

Our Talent projects aim to nurture the development of the Talent from higher education to the workplace and into leadership roles. 


Developed in consultation with businesses, Placer is an innovative platform set to diversify and increase the number of university students gaining work experience.

Talent 2030

Talent 2030 is an ambitious campaign powered by the National Centre for Universities and Business to encourage more girls to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. 

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Student Employability Index

The Student Employability Index from the National Centre of Universities and Business provides an in depth view of employment prospects and experiences. It is a useful resource for both universities and business to better understand student expectations and experience in relation to the transition from study to the world of work.

Women in Leadership

Chaired by Rona Fairhead, this group is exploring a new programme of activity. We hope that this work will contribute to the wider rhetoric on this issue, and demonstrate real and effective change within participating organisations by creating more inclusive and diverse climates that will bring more women through the pipeline into senior roles.

Quality Placements

Student placements, internships and work experience programmes benefit business and students alike. NCUB is currently mapping what is really going on in student placements across the UK.

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