Teach First is a social enterprise that aims to tackle educational inequality in England and Wales. The organisation strives to end educational inequality by working in partnership with schools, charities, businesses and individuals who want to ensure that every young person can succeed in life. First Teach runs projects to increase young people’s confidence and participation in important decisions about their future, including access to higher education. The organisation recently has been nominated as the 10th best place to work in Sunday Times’ Not-For-Profit Organisations List 2014. To take advantage of the opportunities Teach First presents, you’ll need to be someone with bright ideas, gritty determination, awesome communication skills and a desire to defy convention. You’ll combine a strong work ethic and self-discipline with warmth, empathy and humility. Last but not least, you’ll have to be extremely resilient.
Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 123,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production. The firm offers a wide range of job opportunities to students and recent graduates in areas such as engineering, research and operations, geoscience and petrotechnical, commerce and business etc. The company looks for candidates who recognise teamwork as the best way to achieve company goals as well as bright talents who can carry out work that can be physically tough, academically rigorous and intellectually demanding. In return, the company offers challenging global opportunities as well as first-class training and development programs.
The company is one of the largest car rental enterprises in the world. It boasts an annual turnover of more than $15 billion, a rental and leasing fleet of over one million vehicles spread across some 8,200 locations worldwide. The firm offers Internships and programmes like the Graduate Management Trainee, Finance Controller Management Trainee, Campus Brand Manager and Enterprise Business Support. To join one of these graduate programs you’ll have to be comfortable balancing business-minded entrepreneurialism with the empathy and care needed to understand and meet each and every customer’s requirements. Management trainees should also be able to work cooperatively as part of a team and demonstrate real appreciation for the hard work of others. Among the most renowned benefits of the firm are: provision of childcare vouchers, participation in Service Award Programme, Employee Referral Bonuses, Recognition Awards, exclusive discounts to clothing, computer software, fitness stores. The standards benefits include alternative work arrangements, retirement savings plan, private medical and dental insurance.
The Royal Bank of Scotland offers a range of graduate and internship programmes from technical roles in markets and risk to leadership roles in operations and business services. Each focuses on a different area of the organisation’s business and is designed for people with different types of interests. RBS offers a personal development plan which helps employees identify what they need to do to achieve their goals. The reward for RBS staff does not stop at their monthly salary. Workers have access to exclusive discounts and deals from big retailers, retirement savings plans, healthcare plans and the option to purchase additional holiday days. Also, by using RBSelect, they can make any changes to the mix of benefits they want at any given time.
ProspectSoft is a British software company that offers optimal software solutions to help businesses grow and become more successful. The main domains of the company’s expertise are: e-commerce, e-marketing, Customer Relationship Management, and mobile technology. ProspectSoft offers full-time positions and a placement programme in either technical or sales roles. The placement programme lasts for 13 months and students can develop a deeper understanding of the IT industry as well as problem-solving skills, generate opportunities and share their ideas. Interestingly, 60% of placement students return to permanent positions in the company.
The National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE) celebrate excellence in the world of undergraduate employability. The fifth annual event - which was sponsored by PwC and supported by AGR and AGCAS - attracted more than 400 graduate recruiters, university representatives and students.
The Employer Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of companies, large or small, across the UK in undergraduate work experience. In the current situation, it’s essential for students to gain work experience while at university as such employers who are offering fantastic schemes deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts.
The ultimate Award, the ‘Top Undergraduate Employer’, is awarded to the highest ranked employer in the Top Undergraduate Employers table, based solely on student-written reviews on RateMyPlacement.co.uk.
Other employer Awards include ‘Best New Provider of Work Experience’, ‘Best Diversity within Work Experience’ and ‘Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer’.
Work Experiences Schemes Lead to Better Career Prospects
Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder of RMP Enterprise said: “Work experience schemes are now firmly established as an integral part of a student’s path through university and into full-time employment. As competition is becoming fiercer than ever before, both student and employer must respond to the markets need for schemes to be expanded, from an employer perspective, and for our students to take on as many opportunities as they can”.
He then went to add that "increasingly students are entering the job market earlier, taking the leap into a successful graduate career by climbing from insight, to internship and taking as many opportunities as they can".
Check out the slideshow to get an idea of which UK employers achieved a distinguished reputation for their undergraduate employability.