Talent Exchange honoured at Higher Education Awards

Talent Exchange, an RGU project to widen and extend the pool of work related experience opportunities available to students, has been successful at The Herald Higher Education Awards.

(L to R) Dr Janet Brown (Chief Executive, SQA), RGU’s Yvonne Cook and James Dunphy, Jennifer Reoch (STV)The project was named as the winner for Outstanding Employer Engagement in Universities.

Since its inception, Talent Exchange has worked to engage efficiently with small and medium size enterprises to provide access to new talent to address their needs and at the same time enhance the employability of RGU’s students.

The project was made possible thanks to funding from SFC and a partnership with three industry bodies: Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

The project also benefitted from support internally and working closely with the placement offices, academics from schools, alumni relations and the communications team to increase engagement with enterprises and convert opportunities into work related experiences.

During the life of the project, this process generated an additional 808 work related experience opportunities for students across the university and the overall feedback from students has been that they have enhanced their skills and boosted career prospects. Academics were similarly positive, valuing the contributions made towards their course aims.

Feedback from businesses, 83% of which were new to working with the university, was equally positive, with many citing the benefits of working with fresh talent to achieve their business objective and to grow.

Yvonne Cook, Talent Exchange Project Manager, said: “Enhancing student and graduate employability is a key objective for the university and it is very pleasing to see that the project’s impact has now been recognised with this success at the Higher Education Awards.

“The Talent Exchange project has now been completed and engagement with SMEs to secure work related experience opportunities is continuing to be delivered by the recently formed Employability and Professional Enrichment Department.”


Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer
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