11 Sep 2020
First year of the Careers Network’s Talent Match programme a success as students, graduates and SMEs all benefit
In 2019, the University’s Careers Network launched a brand-new scheme exclusively for Loughborough students and graduates who were seeking internships to build their employability skills and boost their CV.
The Talent Match programme has proven significantly successful, with over 35 students and graduates securing roles and more than £40,000 provided in funding from Santander Universities to support both students and SME employers.
The scheme aims to help students gain experience in their desired job sector, whilst providing them with CV guidance and a dedicated Talent Match staff coordinator who supports their journey into work and placement opportunities.
Employers - many of who have been alumni - have benefited too. The team has worked closely with companies to provide a tailored service to help them hire the right person for their business.
For the companies, this has cut both the cost and time spent undergoing a standard recruitment process, and the Careers Network offers them advice on areas such as advertising and promoting job opportunities; creating an internship; tracking and monitoring applications; shortlisting suitable candidates; and match-funding the salary of the intern. Due to the economic and financial impact of COVID-19, this support has been significantly valued.
Alumna Megan Dreyer is the founder of #Me, an organisation which aims to support and empower people to improve their wellbeing by working closely with communities, universities and businesses.
Speaking about her experience as an employer in the Talent Match scheme, she said:
“As #Me operates in the mental health sector, this funding has allowed us to focus solely on providing support during this unsettling time. We have been able to use the funding to gain two valuable interns whose expertise, skills and fresh perspective are contributing enormously to the running of our operations and planning of our future.”
Khalil Rener, Director of Rener Wellbeing added:
“As a Loughborough alumnus myself, perhaps I am a bit biased - however I find Loughborough students have a drive, charisma and ambition that is hard to find in such abundance elsewhere. It is one of the best universities in the country and being able to have them onboard at Rener Wellbeing has proven to be beneficial and I hope to keep being able to hire Loughborough University graduates in the future.
“The funding enabled us to get the extra support, which was beneficial to us and we hope Nyle and Ifueko, our two summer associates, found it beneficial too.”
If you are interested in working with the Careers team in the future, please get in touch.
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