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Sheffield Hallam University

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Venture MatrixTM

“I got a graduate job with TeachFirst and used examples of the work I did in the Venture Matrix for my application form and interview.

“The interviewers were really impressed and said it made my application stand out from the crowd, which is what you need in a busy job market. The Venture Matrix is a brilliant opportunity.”

Rachel Arthur, student

The award winning Venture Matrix is a unique work-based learning scheme that develops students’ employability and enterprise skills through real life work-related projects accredited as part of their degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Venture Matrix brings students together with external organisations for opportunities to tackle real life challenges and gain practical work experience in a safe and secure environment. Projects range from web design, events and marketing to finance, legal and research.

As they apply the skills and knowledge gained through their course to real-life situations, students develop different attributes including communication, time-management, project management, relationship-building, confidence and professionalism. The Venture Matrix team organises trade fairs throughout the year enabling students to promote their venture, share ideas and best practice and meet employers and develop business contacts.

The scheme is having widespread success with around 1,800 students from 50 different academic modules and over 60 organisations involved in 2012-13. Participating in Venture Matrix has helped students secure work placements, demonstrate practical work experience in job interviews, find employment and set up their own businesses.

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