Wednesday, 7 June 2017

PlaceNet Masterclass - Alternative Placements

PlaceNet Masterclass

Theme: Alternative Placements – Work-based Learning with a difference
When: 5th July, 10-3pm,
Where: City, University of London
Contact us: info@placenet.org.uk

PlaceNet UK is hosting its next Masterclass event which aims to explore and share the exciting and developing concept of alternative placements – out of the box placements that deliver work based learning experiences with a twist – In this Masterclass we will hear from institutions that offer non-traditional pathways for Work Based Learning including, the self-employment year, micro placements and student consultancy.

The event will be hosted at City, University of London an institution that has supported and promoted placements for over 30 years.

Schedule:

·         10:15 – 11:15: City MicroPlacements
Gemma Kenyon, City Careers MicroPlacements Team, City, University of London / BCU / Aston

·         11:15 – 11:30: Coffee break

·         11:30 – 12:30: The entrepreneurial/ self-employment placement year
Speaker TBC

·         12:30 – 13:30: Lunch with a tour of the City Launch Lab

·       13:30 – 14:15: Exploring the Professional Pathway Scheme – insights into City’s unique embedded placement schemes  
Kaveh Mir-Tahmasebi – PSI Executive Coaching
Professional Pathway Student – City, University of London – TBC

14:15 – 15:00: Perspectives on Consultancy Projects: Working with Students for a Mutual Benefit.
Alister Simpson & Olesya Klevnaya

Careers & Business Relations Operations Manager & Entrepreneur / MSc Digital Marketing & Analytics Graduate

How do I attend the PlaceNet Master Class?
To book your place please  sign up here: link to Eventbrite signup:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/placenet-masterclass-alternative-placements-work-based-learning-with-a-difference-tickets-35177036463

If you work for a PlaceNet Member Institution, this event is free of charge. Please feel free to bring multiple members of staff from your unit and other related employability services. 


If you work for a PlaceNet Member Institution, this event is free of charge. Please feel free to bring multiple members of staff from your unit and other related employability services. 


What if I am not a member of PlaceNet? 

Non-members are welcome to attend for a small charge of £50 per person.


Catering and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. If you have any dietary requirements then please let us know when booking.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

We are pleased to provide below the full schedule of our conference taking place in Manchester on 17th and 18th May. 

Wednesday 17th May 2016 – The Power of Placements, University Insights Day

09.45am
Registration and Networking
10.10am
Welcome to PlaceNet Conference 2016 – Mike Grey, Chair of PlaceNet
10:15am
Hackathon – hosted by Alex Elkins, Head of Entrepreneurship Education at City University London and PlaceNet Trustee
11:15am
Session 1
Influencing the placement agenda - Adele Browne, Senior Placement Manager at De Montfort University
11:50am
Session 2
Creating a snowball effect - The Impact of Intentional Engagement - Ann Cooper, Head of Placements & Work Experience at University of Southampton (Winner Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience 2017 at the NUE Awards)
12:30pm
Networking Lunch
1:10pm
Session 3 Ideas Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 20 minutes each plus Q&A

·         Developing employability initiatives to build the aspirations of widening participation students - Tonia Galati, Talent Development and Employability Manager at Kingston University (Winners of AGR Award for Best Employability Strategy 2017) 
·         Applying nudge theory to placements – Kimberley Harris, Internships Development Manager at University of Warwick
·         Delivering placements to scale: home and abroad - Carolina Salinas, Head of Placements at Aston University
·         Derby Internship Programme (DIP): Developing a local SME scheme – Amber Woodfull, Employer and Community Engagement Manager and Fiona Naismith, Employer Engagement Coordinator at University of Derby
·         Our story- Andrew Stainton, Student Placements Manager at University of Huddersfield, Business School Placement Unit (Winner of Best Placement Service in the UK 2017 at the NUE Awards)

3:40pm
Coffee
4.00pm
Keynote
The importance of early engagement - Paul Redmond, Director of Student Life at University of Manchester
4.45pm
Finish
6.15pm
Sponsored Drinks at Hotel
7:15pm
Leaving for dinner (meet in lobby at 7:00pm)

Thursday 18th May 2017 – The Power of Placements, Employer Insights Day

An interactive day hosted by RateMyPlacement featuring a range of top placement employers running workshops and presentation sessions.

9.30am
PlaceNet AGM
10.30am
Student Attitudes towards Work Experience - Lizzie Brock (Head of Marketing) and Amirah Hajat (Marketing Coordinator) at RateMyPlacement
11:00am
Keynote

The Power of Placements – Dr Charlie Ball, Director of HE Intelligence at Graduate Prospects

11:40am
Coffee
12:00pm
Keynote
“Why Talent & Early Engagement is key for M&S”, Helen Alkin, Head of Future Talent Recruitment at M&S
12.40pm
Lunch
1:30pm
Stories Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 30 minutes each including Q&A

·         “Why do a placement at 3M? A recruiter and industrial placement student’s perspective” – Natalie Gibb, Recruitment Coordinator & Adam Stewart, Marketing placement student at 3M

·         Danny Matthews, Recruitment Lead at Lidl

·         Nadine Barr, Senior Talent Brand Executive at Grant Thornton

3.00pm
Coffee
3:15pm
Alex Walton, Early Talent Attraction and Selection Manager at Laing O’Rourke
3.45pm
“Elliott’s Story” – Elliott Connell, HR Assistant at Amazon UK
4.15pm
Closing address by the PlaceNet Team
4:30pm
Finish


Monday, 20 March 2017

PlaceNet Conference May 17th & 18th 2017 is heading to Manchester

This year's conference will once again bring together best practice from across the world of placements and a range of insights from fantastic placement employers. The conference has been split into two separately themed days, offering placement and employability insights from both the university and employer perspective. 

There will be keynote presentations from Paul Redmond (University of Manchester) and Dr. Charlie Ball (Graduate Prospects) and Helen Alkin (Future Talent Manager, Marks and Spencer) headlining an impressive line-up of award-winning placement practitioners and undergraduate employers.

17th May - University Insight Day (Registration and networking from 9:45am)
The importance of early engagement - Paul Redmond, Director of Student Life, University of Manchester
Creating a snowball effect through employer engagement- Ann Cooper, Head of Placements & Work Experience, University of Southampton (Winner Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience 2017 at the NUE Awards)
Delivering placements to scale: home and abroad - Carolina Salinas, Head of Placements, Aston University
Applying nudge theory to placements – Kimberley Harris, Internships Development Manager, University of Warwick
Our story- Andrew Stainton, Student Placements Manager, University of Huddersfield, Business School Placement Unit (Winners of Best Placement Service in the UK 2017 at the NUE Awards)
Allies and influence: Gaining power and credibility across the institution - Adele Browne, Senior Placement Manager – De Montfort University 
Developing employability initiatives to build the aspirations of widening participation students - Tonia Galati, Talent Development and Employability Manager, Kingston University

18th May - Employer Insight Day (AGM at 9:30am, conference Day 2 starts at 10:30am) 

Hosted by Rate My Placement.
Dr. Charlie Ball - Head of HE Intelligence - Graduate Prospects


Rate My Placement - 'Student Attitudes towards Work Experience'. Lizzie Brock (Head of Marketing) and Amirah Hajat (Marketing Coordinator)

Plus sessions from: 


More incredible speakers will be announced in the coming weeks but spaces are limited so please book ASAP.

There will also be a range of networking sessions and a hackathon style idea generation event.

The conference will be taking place at the wonderful Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Manchester. We will also be hosting sponsored drinks and a conference dinner at the fantastic Botanist Restaurant.


 *****Attendance at the conference also provides you with PlaceNet Membership and free attendance to our Masterclass series throughout the year. See here for more details ********

Please either complete the attached booking form and return to placenetuk@gmail.com or visit our Eventbrite page to book online.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Free PlaceNet Membership offer!

In advance of releasing information of the stellar line-up of speakers and booking details of the Placement Conference 2017 taking place in Manchester on the 17th and 18th May, we wanted to make an announcement regarding a significant change to how we run and fund PlaceNet activities.

As a charity staffed solely by volunteers who are in it purely for the love of placements, we strive to keep an extremely low-cost base and are always considering new ways to deliver outstanding value for our members. In recent years’ we launched our popular series of free Masterclasses for members but now we have decided to go one step further…………

We know how hard it can be to secure budget and that spending in placement and employability departments is constantly under the microscope. We also appreciate it can be hard to secure permission to become members of a professional organisation and then subsequently even more challenging to secure further budget to attend the annual conference.

This year we are revolutionising our long-established membership model; more than anything we would love you to attend and benefit from our annual conference! Therefore, if your institution books a space at the conference, you automatically will become members and can as part of that package send multiple staff to our multiple free Masterclass events across the year.

For example, if you sent just 1 person to the conference for £395 (the same price as last year), you will secure membership and could send 4 staff to each of 2 masterclasses, that would equate to 10 days of targeted professional development (with food and drink included) across the year at less than £40 a day.

PlaceNet Membership Benefits include:
·                     Free attendance to the Masterclass Series
·                     Access to the PlaceNet LinkedIn Group
·                     A team of Trustees lobbying and promoting your interests nationally
·                     Professional placement support and advice

Clearly to make this work, we need the support of the placement community; please make every effort at attend our annual conference and will keep working hard behind the scenes to bring you fantastic professional development and networking events.

Keep an eye out for conference updates coming very soon!

All the best

Mike Grey (Chair of PlaceNet, on behalf of the Board of Trustees)




Monday, 23 January 2017

Creating & converting student engagement with placements



Book your space on the Creating & converting student engagement with placements masterclass today by completing this form.

Speakers confirmed
  • Keynote speaker:  Ollie Leggett, Managing Director of IE Brand
  • Roshni Barot, Sarah Tasker & Victoria Burns, University of Birmingham
  • Sarah Rourke -  Henley Business School,  The University of Reading

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Internationalisation, Diversity and Social Mobility - A PlaceNet Master Class

Internationalisation, Diversity and 
Social Mobility 
Thursday 7th July, 10:30am – 3:30pm 
University of York

Following on from the annual conference in Birmingham, PlaceNet is offering a FREE Master Class Event for Members featuring insights into some of the key trends and initiatives occurring within UK Universities around the placement and employability agenda. The event will take place at the beautiful campus of the University of York.


This event is aimed at placement and employability professionals and will provide an excellent follow up to the annual conference and a further opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country and share best practice.

We will have a range of experts from across HE and graduate recruitment, including a range of speakers form the award winning Careers Network at the University of Birmingham discussing a variety of their initiatives, FDM Group (Winners of Diversity in Recruitment Target Job Award 2016) giving an employers’ perspective and DMU Global from De Montfort University talking about their large scale international placements schemes. More speakers will be announced very soon!

10.30am
Registration, Coffee and Networking
10.50am
Welcome from University of York
11:00am
FDM Group: Diversity in Recruitment (Winner of Target Jobs Award for Diversity 2016)
11:40am
University of Birmingham: A suite of employability initiatives to widen participation
12:20pm
LUNCH
1:20pm
De Montford University: DMU Global – International Internship Schemes
2:00pm
Break
2:10pm
Speaker TBC
3:10pm
Summary and Close
3:30pm
Delegates Depart



















Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Information about parking will be sent through after you register for the event.

How do I attend the PlaceNet Master Class?

To book your place please email: 
info@placenet.org.uk  

If you are a PlaceNet Member Institution, please feel free to bring multiple members of staff from your unit and other related employability services. 

Alternatively, the event is £50 per non-member attendee. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Looking ahead to #PlaceNet16


#PlaceNet16 Conference
18-19 May
Regency Hyatt Hotel, Birmingham


With two weeks to go until #PlaceNet16, the finishing touches are being applied to what promises to be our best conference ever. The PlaceNet Trustees look forward to welcoming delegates to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham on 18th and 19th May to share ideas and good practice.

The conference has been split into two separately themed days, offering placement and employability insights from both the University and Employer perspective.  There will be keynote presentations from Aimee Bateman (Career Cake), Rachel Lyons (Fitch Training) and IBM, headlining an impressive line-up of award winning HE practitioners and undergraduate employers.

The full conference schedule can be found at the bottom of the page.

Limited places are still available, offering residential and non-residential options. Bookings can be made online at https://koldstdzca.formstack.com/forms/placenet16

Delegates from PlaceNet member organisations benefit from discounted rates. To join PlaceNet and take advantage of this discount, please follow this link


If you have any questions about the Conference, please email info@placenet.org.uk 

Wednesday 18th May 2016 - University Insights Day

10.00am
Registration and Networking
10.30am
Welcome to PlaceNet Conference 2016
10:45am
Keynote: Aimee Bateman and Kath Foot – Career Cake
11:45am
Session 1

Taking a commercial approach to employer engagement - Hanna Luetkemeier, Business Development Team Leader – Employability and Enterprise at Nottingham Trent University

12:30pm
Lunch
1:10pm
Session 2-5    Ideas Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 20 minutes each plus Q&A
·         SMART48 Initiative (AGR Single Initiative Award Winner) – Martin Perfect, Employer Relationship Manager – University of Leicester
·         Get them while they’re fresh- creating and converting early student engagement – Rachael Collins, Head of Placements, University of Liverpool
·         When I grow up I want to be a mermaid – How LinkedIn lets students explore their futures – Jess Swift, Student Engagement Officer, University of Birmingham
·         Creating events to provide real experience - TEDx Case Study – Tom Ledgard – EC Futures, Coventry University

3:10pm
Coffee Break
3:30pm
Session 6
Building Transnational Career Support - Veejay Mistry
 – Careers Advisor, Regent's University London
4.10pm
Keynote
What students could learn from stand-up comedians Rachel Lyons – Trainer, Fitch Learning and Stand Up Comedian
5.00pm
Finish
6.15pm
Sponsored Drinks at Hotel
7:15pm
Leaving for dinner


Thursday 19th May 2016 – Employer Insights Day

An interactive day hosted by Rate My Placement featuring a range of top placement employers running workshops, presentation and panel sessions.

9.30am
PlaceNet AGM
10.30am
RateMyPlacement – The Student Perspective – What do the RateMyPlacement reviews reveal about student attitudes towards placements?
11:00am
Session 1

Assessment Centres: How hard are they in practice? – An interactive workshop led by Helen Alkin, Recruitment Manager at Marks and Spencer

11:40am
Coffee Break
12:00pm
Session 2
Keynote – Thinking beyond ‘teamwork. ’What is it that makes a successful placement student?
Kelly Markwick, UK Schools & Universities Attraction Manager, IBM
1:00pm
Lunch
1:40pm
Session 3-5    Ideas Worth Sharing (TED Style Talks) 20 minutes each plus Q&A
·         How important are universities in helping to support the establishment of a placement scheme – Claire Kennady, Human Resources Manager, IMI Precision Engineering and Alison Hedley, Employer Services Manager at Bradford University
·         Why should students consider working for a smaller company during their placement year? – Stuart McLaren, Sales and Marketing Director, Prospectsoft
·         How can universities support mass recruitment campaigns for placement schemes?  Hannah Neal, Graduate Talent Specialist, L’Oreal UK & I

3.00pm
Panel Discussion – Delegates will have the opportunity to tweet questions which will be answered by the employers
4.00pm
Close