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Why work placements pay off


Putting every student on a work placement during their degree course is paying off for Leeds Trinity University students - and for employers
There's no question that conditions for graduates are as tough as they have ever been. Aside from the issue of student debt, finding work in their chosen field is difficult for many of those who have recently completed degrees. One thing prospective employers want to see is work experience that shows that they can apply their skills practically in a real-life environment, but how do you get that experience in the first place?
In this climate, the value of doing work experience as part of a degree course is clear, and as Leeds Trinity is the one of only universities in the country which offers professional work placements as part of every one of its course programmes, it has produced a visual guide to some statistics that show how well this commitment to on-the-job learning is paying off. (See here
As well as being in the top 20 per cent of higher education institutions in the country for employability and the top ten per cent for Teaching Excellence, Leeds Trinity reports that 93 per cent of its students are working or undertaking further studies within six months of graduation.
Employers are extremely happy with the placement  relationship they have with Leeds Trinity. In fact, 95 per cent of those taking Leeds Trinity students on placement felt that students met or exceeded expectations on employability skills. Here's what some had to say:
"Your heart sings when you know it's a Leeds Trinity University trainee coming on work placement. It is the best of all the courses we have links with. The trainees hit the ground running, they don’t need nursing through the day, they are ready to tackle anything you throw at them.”
Charles Heslett, deputy news editor, Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post
"It is one of the best courses because it is so hands-on. When the trainees come to us on work placement they are top rate - much more capable than students who have just been taught in a lecture theatre.” Benefit
Becky Holmes, head of news and sport, Pulse Radio (UTV Media)
Karen Howden, Director of Careers and Employability at Leeds Trinity, said: "We place huge importance on work placements during a degree course, valuing them as highly as we value the standard of our in-class teaching. It's only once students are in a work environment that they understand how to apply the skills that they’ve learnt throughout their course. Placements also help students understand their course material, so they are better equipped for learning when they come back to class.
"We have spent years building our reputation with the top employers in their respective fields, and every student at Leeds Trinity gets to enjoy the benefits of the strong industry links we have."
More information on the success of Leeds Trinity's work placement course can be found here.