Student Work Placement Solutions is a legal entity in shared ownership by Jisc, NCUB and Unite Students. Its aim is to provide technological solutions to make it easier for students at british institutions to get a foot in the door with UK employers, by providing access to work experience opportunities
Student Work Placement Solutions asked Therapy Box to help them to create an app in which students could source and apply for work experience opportunities. They had already created a prototype, taking elements of design and UX from dating swipe apps. Therapy Box used this as the starting point for a new scope and updated design, provided to the client for frequent feedback. The project is being developed by Therapy Box, with weekly meetings with team members from Student Work Placement Solutions to monitor progress and discuss next steps.
The cross-platform Placer app is a quick and easy way for students at participating universities to find and apply for work experience opportunities. An opportunities page allows users to quickly navigate through a series of job opportunities (tailored to their interests). They can apply to jobs with a single swipe, hide jobs, or save to review later. Users can set up a CV, including previous work and activities and accomplishments from their time at university.
A web portal can be accessed by businesses and university staff, to advertise new opportunities or to view statistics on application and employment rates. The app receives employer and employee feedback at the end of a placement, and rewards users for a successfully completed job with badges that are visible to other job providers in future applications.
Using the latest matchmaking technology, through employer dashboards and student screens, Placer connects employers offering quality opportunities with students. The mobile app allows students to swipe left or swipe right in search of their perfect work experience match. Placer is the first work experience app and platform to partner with universities, connecting students with employers via a co-branded app for universities to promote as their own. It is brought to market by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Unite Students and Jisc.