For the second year running, the Faculty of Engineering and Computing’s specialist placement and employability service – called EC Futures – has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards.
The EC Futures team is tasked with playing a pivotal role in enhancing students’ employability outcomes through supporting its business clients intensively with their recruitment needs.
The team works with their business clients to provide a cost effective and relatively low risk method to attract talent into their companies. Most employers use the industrial placement scheme as a one year interview for future graduate recruits. Existing clients include well-known employers such as Aston Martin, Red Bull F1, Microsoft, Airbus, GSK, Mott Macdonald, Lufthansa and Shell, as well as a multitude of local SME’s.
Charlie Reeve of Arriva said: “The difference between a good placement team and an excellent placement team is this: student employability is at the heart of everything they do. EC Futures at Coventry University embodies this principle centred approach with excellent results.’
Ashley Woodruff from TNT said: ‘The service provided by EC Futures was the best we received out of the circa 20 universities we advertise our roles with each year.’
Since the launch of EC Futures, the number of students completing accredited industrial placements has increased by 129% within three years. This year, over 200 students from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing are completing 12 month accredited placements across 123 different technical employers.
As well as being shortlisted for ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ in 2014 and 2015, EC Futures was recently awarded a Teaching Excellence Award for Employability and was featured in a University World News article (20th June 2014), where Dr Anne Corbett from the London School of Economics identified EC Futures as ‘a striking example….. It has provided some spectacular results for all parties.’