Our employer partners periodically host visits to their workplaces by groups of students, who get a chance to meet employees and ask questions. Volunteers and students then get to work on a challenge that gives a flavour of what the organisation does.
They are a fantastic opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge learned at school and work alongside researchers and industry professionals to:
- Develop subject understanding alongside research and quantitative skills to expand career prospects.
- Enhance UCAS personal statements and applications to university. An independent evaluation has shown Nuffield Research Placements increase access to university courses in STEM subjects.
- Learn more about higher education and different career paths.
- Apply for a Gold CREST Award or the Big Bang Competition
963 students were placed in 2019, and 175 organisations offered to host a placement in 2019. 100% of students placed are from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Nuffield Research Placements are engaging, hands-on research projects, where students have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the work of a host organisation. They are a fantastic opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge learned at school and work alongside researchers and industry professionals. The partnership with Skills Builder will enable them to align aspects of their programme with some of the essential skills and explore ways to measure and assess impact.
How they use the Skills Builder Framework
Explicit and consistent use of language from Framework
Connecting with partners around common skills
Audit of existing programme content
Assessment of programme impact
Reflection with learners on programme experience
Training for delivery team
Additional offer to schools (e.g. Hub resources)
Increase specificity and focus within programme (e.g. refer to specific steps, rather than whole skill)
Measuring learner baseline to differentiate programme/intervention
Sharing best practice with other skills-building organisations
Development or co-creation of new content