Successful project encourages city students to stay on in Leeds
#INLEEDSDAY2018, a student-led initiative that supports graduate retention across Leeds, will see businesses host groups of students on a series of workplace visits and has attracted support from Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse Minister.
The project will bring 100 university students together on Wednesday (21 February) to visit a variety of businesses across the city. Students from the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University will learn about the range of sectors and graduate roles that are available locally, as well as why employees love to live and work in Leeds.
The tour of businesses will include PwC, Leeds City Council, thebigword, DLA Piper, FDM Group, KPMG, aql, Sky, Sagar Wright, Opta, Zenith, Pinsent Masons and NHS Digital. The events are co-funded by the universities, PwC and Leeds City Council and are part of the FutureJobs programme, a service from aspire-igen, Leeds City Region LEP, the Education & Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
The students will also take part in a competition across the day centred around the theme of ‘Company culture and values in the Leeds City Region’, creating their own innovative ideas on how to attract and retain graduates in the region and then pitching them to industry professionals. The competition will help them develop their network, learn more about enterprise opportunities in the region and meet potential employers within a diverse range of industries.
#INLEEDSDAY2018 is the brainchild of a team of University of Leeds students who visited New York in 2016 to find out how businesses were contributing to the city’s economy through use of technology. Seventeen students visited a range of businesses in New York and were asked to pitch their own idea for driving the economy in Leeds – they came up with #INLEEDSDAY, now in its third year. Students Roland Maposa, Tarrio Joto and Sarah Cant brought the idea back to the University of Leeds’ Careers Centre which opened the experience up to students from other Leeds universities.
The supporting universities and employers have enlisted the help of local social enterprise Ahead Partnership to deliver the day. The partnership brings employers and education partners together to create focused employability activities, and ran the event for 80 students in 2017. Last year’s event saw the number of students who were considering staying in Leeds after graduation increase by 40%.
Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, said: “The Northern Powerhouse offers unrivalled career opportunities for graduates across a wide range of fields and different industries. #INLEEDSDAY2018 is a great way of promoting these fantastic offers from employers right on graduates’ doorsteps – from local SMEs and Councils to national and international players based right here in the North.”
Roland Maposa, one of the founding students and now in his final year at the University of Leeds, said: “The feedback we received after pitching our idea made it clear that it resonated with the University’s Careers Centre staff who have supported us to make this idea a reality. #INLEEDSDAY2018 is a student-led initiative that works to retain student talent to bring the change and solutions the city needs to meet its goal of becoming a global economic powerhouse. The event on 21 February is our third #INLEEDSDAY event and it is fantastic to see how far our initiative has come.”
Will Richardson, Senior Partner at PwC in Leeds said: "PwC are proud to be supporting and jointly hosting #INLEEDSDAY2018. As a leading professional services firm, we are committed to investing in the city and to supporting the development of students, local business and institutions across the region. #INLEEDSDAY2018 is an excellent opportunity for PwC to interact with students in the city, and showcase some of the excellent opportunities on offer to them both within PwC and in Leeds. We look forward to connecting with them and to enhancing our impact in the region."
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