Employers have been reporting that higher education graduates are not work ready and often lack fundamental employability skills. Those taking part in Ai Group’s Workforce Development Needs Surveys have expressed higher levels of dissatisfaction in the areas of self-management, problem solving and teamwork.
With this in mind, Ai Group has developed a guide for employers that outlines the benefits and steps involved in providing work activities for university students.
Exposing young people as students to workplace experiences gives them the opportunity to practise what they are learning, but it can also provide a range of benefits to participating companies. Key benefits outlined in the guide include:
- gaining from the new thinking and fresh ideas of technologically proficient students;
- developing connections with universities for research and development;
- assistance with short-term projects that otherwise would not be possible; and
- improving the workplace culture as well as the mentoring skills of your existing employees.
The guide also covers:
- the types of involvement companies can have with students;
- how to get started, with relevant university contacts;
- legal requirements;
- tips for successful student involvements; and
- examples of what some companies are doing.
What has your experience been with university students you have engaged in your business? What activities have they undertaken? Have you found it results in broader benefits to your business and workforce? Please share your thoughts and experiences and start a conversation by leaving a comment below.
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