Leeds Beckett University (LBU) is running a graduates programme to support graduates who may face additional barriers in accessing highly skilled employment and is targeted at graduates from underrepresented groups. Organisations are being asked if they would like to take on a small team of graduates to help them in a project they are running.

How to take part?

LBU is looking to work with organisations who can offer a developmental project to a small group of graduates (minimum of 3). Organisations offering a project will be expected to provide:

  • an induction to graduates (on site ideally) outlining their project, an introduction to their organisation and a clear outline of their expectations in terms of project outputs.
  • a project that is likely to take about 50 hours of time to complete.
  • developmental opportunities such as training, mentoring, work shadowing, introductions, totalling around 10 hours (LBU can help with this)
  • feedback to graduates on their project output

What will organisations gain from taking part?

  • Access to a diverse talent pool of graduates who can bring new insights, perspectives, and ideas.
  • Explore new ways of diversifying your workforce in the future and will undoubtedly align organisational priorities focussed on improving equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The ideas generated through the projects can be of real benefit in addressing key challenges in your organisation.
  • A maximum of 60 hours per graduate working on a project with your organisation (including time spent on developmental activities).
  • The programme also aligns well with the corporate social responsibility objectives set by many organisations.

What sort of projects work well?

The most successful projects for charities, CICs, public sector and other third sector organisations have involved data evaluation and report writing, people engagement, social media and marketing projects and organising future events.

Time frames

LBU would like to advertise your developmental project to their final year students by the end of February. You are invited to interview students who apply for your project at the end of April / beginning of May. Projects run through the first three weeks of June. You are welcome to structure the 60 hours in any way that works best for your organisation.

Find out more

Please register your interest on this LBU Summer Graduates application form and book onto one of their information sessions on Thursday 22 February 2024 12:00-12:45. Please choose ‘non-Leeds Beckett student’, if prompted.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]