Employer engagement opportunities

Attracting the Brightest Talent 

Businesses looking to employ the best in their industry have the perfect chance to do so thanks to our 2016 -17 employer recruitment brochure, Attracting the Brightest Talent. This brochure lists the dozens of ways in which employers from a wide range of sectors can engage with Plymouth students and graduates.

From networking events to skills sessions, the brochure details cost-effective alternatives to traditional direct recruitment routes as well as ways in which businesses can help students to gain the necessary skills and experience to excel in their chosen field.

This exciting brochure is available online or you can request a copy to be sent to you by ringing +44 1752 587729 or emailing employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk.

Graduate and Placement Career Fairs

Our placement and graduate career fairs are a superb way of meeting students from a range of courses, raising your organisation's profile on the University of Plymouth campus and promoting your opportunities. Each year we see approximately 3,000 students attend, seeking placement and graduate opportunities.

  • Placement & Graduate Careers Fair (All sector) – Tuesday 31 October 2017, 11:00 – 15:00
  • STEM Careers Fair – Wednesday 8 November 2017, 11:00 – 15:00

Student Jobs Career Fairs

Each year the Careers & Employability Service, in partnership with Student Jobs, showcase two recruitment events for students looking for part-time work whilst studying. In October, our Part-time Jobs Fair welcomes local employers to promote both on and off campus opportunities. In March we work in partnership with UPSU Volunteering to bring a host of voluntary, local and national employers onto campus for our Summer Opportunities Fair. Part-time work is a great way of not just earning some extra money but to also develop your communication skills, confidence, and commercial awareness. Part-time work can be a really useful addition to your CV.

  • Part-time Jobs Fair - Wednesday 4 October 2017
  • Summer Opportunities Fair - Wednesday 21 March 2018

Student competitions

Our prestigious business development competition, FLUX, and our innovative interview competition, HotSeat, are great ways to meet dynamic and motivated students and offer you an exciting way to coach our students and identify potential candidates.

We are always looking for employers to take part in these competitions as judges and experts and pages 12 and 13 of our employer brochure details the format of each competition, the dates they are running and the benefits of being involved.  

Employer Mentoring Programme

Since 2007 the Employer Mentoring Programme has worked with students from a widening participation background to raise awareness, aspirations and achievement, supporting the successful progression to higher education of groups that are otherwise under-represented.

We're always looking for enthusiastic mentors who'd like to take part in this mutually beneficial programme. We accept applicants from any job position in any industry and previous mentoring experience is not necessary. More information on the timescales, commitments and benefits of the mentoring programme is detailed on page 8 of our employer brochure or you can contact us on mentoring.careers@plymouth.ac.uk or +44 1752 582004.

Presentations and skills sessions

Whether you're looking to raise your company's profile and opportunities or recruit for a particular role, presentations are a great way of providing you with direct access to a targeted cohort of students.

Skills sessions are a great way for employers to run a session to help our students develop skills in a particular topic. Previous sessions have included: Making your applications stand out, assessment centre success, commercial awareness, to name but a few.

Practice interviews and mock assessment centres

We run a series of employer led practice interviews and mock assessment centre days for our students to develop these skills, receive valuable feedback from employers and gain top tips for how to stand out from the crowd.

If you would like to run competency based sessions open to students from across the University or industry specific sessions targeted to certain courses then please contact employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk or ring +44 1752 587729 to discuss further.

Work placements

We have a dedicated team of placement and employer liaison advisers, providing you access to our students' current knowledge and enthusiasm and giving you a fresh perspective on the talent available.

Information on what a placement is, the benefits of taking a student and details on how to advertise your vacancies and recruit our students are found on pages 18 and 19 of our employer brochure.

Advertise your graduate opportunities with our jobs board

Create your own advert on our jobs board, you just need to register first. Our University service is free and easy to use and opens your opportunities to our wide range of students and graduates. The system is also linked to the National Prospects jobs board.

Rent our interview space

We understand that interviewing potential graduates is not always possible at your place of work. That's why we offer you the opportunity to interview students on campus. Interview rooms can be arranged for you as well as the provision of a reception service for students and graduates.

For more details, see pages 20 and 21 of our employer brochure.