Over the past years, we’ve offered international work placements to 2,505 students. Our work has grown steadily and we’re set to deliver new placements to over 500 students this year alone.
“Being in a foreign country allows you to focus on self-development and grow as an individual as you’re far away from everyone you know. I’ve included it on my CV as it was incredibly character building. Future students should follow my footsteps and put themselves out there, and get to know new people. It’s an educational experience that you can’t get from school!”
In our early years, we provided opportunities for university graduates to enhance their opportunities to enter the labour market. For the past six years, we’ve been providing opportunities to young people in initial vocational training
We have provided work experience across 14 different sectors:
- Aerospace engineering
- Renewable energy
- Travel & Tourism
- Hospitality & Catering
- Health & Social care
- Creative industries
Many of the students we’ve worked with haven’t travelled abroad before; we’re creating opportunities for growth and development that they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Our work has directly contributed to:
Supporting young people to develop the soft skills that they need to progress.
of young people felt they were more adaptable as a result of taking part.
“The best thing about working abroad was being able to live independently for the first time and being able to prove myself. I adapted to new situations including overcoming the language barrier and being patient in the face of challenges. My biggest development was in following through with my commitment to the placement until my final day, as this was something that I had always struggled with previously.”
Increased employability of young people
of young people have a clearer idea of their career aspirations, following their placement
of students surveyed, reported they had gained skills and experience they would not have gained in the UK
“When first hearing about the program, I instantly thought of all the benefits of working abroad. I worked for an NGO that was partnered with Samsung. The project focused on the career development of disadvantaged children. My biggest achievement was that I was able to create KPIs for my host institution that they were not able to create prior to my work placement there.”
Enhanced vocational/technical skills
of young people felt that they had improved their technical skills
“Working in an international placement has helped me gain more knowledge and skills about my future career. Working with elderly people with different health conditions and needs will be my focus going forward, so participating in this placement has served as a pathway to my future career. I’ve also improved my communication skills. Being able to successfully communicate with people who don’t speak the same language as me, has been a real boost for my confidence.”
Improved curriculum delivery and professional development for staff
professional development opportunities provided for staff
“I was able to see how my teaching was put into practice by the students and to identify any gaps in their learning. I was able to visit placements and observe how practices can be both similar and slightly different from country to country.”