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Warwick Advance Programme

  • Are you interested in making a difference to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are studying at Warwick (Widening Participation Students)?

  • Would you like to support and raise awareness for these students as they apply for and undertake work experience and internship opportunities?

We want to hear from employers who presently offer work experience and internship schemes to students here at Warwick, and who have an interest in supporting diversity and giving opportunities to students from certain socio-economic backgrounds to increase their recruitment prospects.

Widening participation

Our widening participation (WP) students may have come from low income families or deprived areas, may be the first in their family to go to university and may not have had the same opportunities as other Warwick students. However, all Warwick students are equipped with the higher level skills that all types of employers need — leadership, commercial awareness, adaptability, networking and customer focus.

Our Warwick Advance Programme will allow these WP students to gain a valuable insight into the world of work and help prepare for their transition into employment.

How you can get involved

Employers joining the programme will support students through online resources, skills sessions and workshops, one to one personalised feedback on applications, mentoring opportunities and active involvement with the student cohort within the programme.

Employers will benefit from an increased profile within our widening participation student community, as well a potential increase in successful recruitment outcomes and an ability to further fulfil their corporate social responsibility agendas and diversify their own work population.

We are seeking 5 Partner employers across a variety of sectors with whom we can work to shape this new programme and provide the level of experience and support that will ensure students joining the programme are successful.

We will also work with additional employers to highlight opportunities to those students enrolled on the programme, where one to one personal feedback on applications will be provided.

The programme launched in September 2019 and will roll throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in taking part in the programme, please contact Employer Connect: employerconnect at warwick dot ac dot uk