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Teesside University

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Wrap-around careers support from week one

“I am delighted to support this excellent programme. Teesside University provides students with an excellent academic experience, and with this initiative they’re helping young graduates make that sometimes difficult step between education and employment.”

James Ramsbotham, NECC Chief Executive

Teesside University invests in ‘wrap-around’ career support for students. The ‘Get Ahead’ initiative begins in week one with an overview of the help and opportunities available at the University and support continues, if needed, after students graduate.

As part of the ‘Get Ahead’ initiative students receive advice, guidance and support helping them to; build an awareness of what attributes and experience could be looked for by employers, think through their career options, self-assess their strengths and weaknesses, and to decide what next steps they can take to secure employment or further study. There are also more than 60 summer placements available each year and an online portal highlighting all the opportunities available from jobs and careers to skills development and volunteering.

One very popular initiative is a unique three-day course where students visit organisations and meet business leaders with the chance to ask questions, broaden their industry knowledge and begin to develop their leadership skills.

A flagship three-month paid graduate internship scheme, combined with a university-led training and development programme, runs annually with placement opportunities within the University and with external employers. This invaluable work experience led to 70% of the first cohort gaining substantive full-time employment within two months.
Support is also available to students to start their own business. Graduates with a business idea in the digital and creative industries can access the Digital City Fellowship offering business support and funding and has created 130 new companies and 200 new jobs in the last three years.

In an exciting initiative, the University is working with the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), representing over 4,000 businesses in the region, to build an endorsed programme allowing employers to ‘fast track’ graduates straight to interview in their selection processes.

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