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Barclays scheme is latest in university work experience boon

Published: Thursday, 21 June 2007   Category: Professional & financial services | Work Experience

University work experience schemes are becoming both more common and more varied as many institutions respond positively to government demands for greater evidence of work-based skills among students.

Since the Leitch review of skills study, released in December 2006, called for vast improvements in skills-based training schemes, there has been a marked proliferation in the number of universities joining with businesses to offer students stronger work experience options, reports the Guardian.

One such leader is Anglia Ruskin University, which has now added an innovative work experience tie-up with Barclays Bank, seeing students based in the workplace and salaried during the course, to existing partnerships with Specsavers, Boots and Vision Express.

Martin Reynolds, dean of Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia, told the paper: "Our courses must offer wider options for access and in doing so also reflect current and future needs of both students and employers.

"By learning from the inside of an organisation on our courses, students will gain an enhanced understanding of theory, a very relevant degree and the chance to make real impacts and changes."

Ed Fox, Barclays' learning and development manager for strategic projects, was similarly positive over the new link-up.

"Individuals are employed from day one, get to know our business and customers better and align their development to their role and career with us," he said.

The Leitch review warned that the UK would lag behind other countries on the global marketplace by 2020 unless more was done to provide students with practical, work-based skills training.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18187475-ADNFCR

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