Be CareerSmart Programme

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Liverpool and Sefton Chamber

A successful outcome and progression into the graduate job market following HE is affected by a students’ background (Bridge Group 2018), what they study and where they study it, and by the location where they are seeking work.

Fort-five percent of LJMU 2017 leavers (2700+ students) were home domiciled students before entry, many of these students seek to study and remain in the region. Twenty-nine percent LCR students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, with 56% being first generation students into Higher Education. Understanding all the labour market opportunities and how to take advantage of gaining professional and managerial opportunities in LCR, can often be a barrier for these students.

At LJMU we recognise this as an issue and would like to retain and optimise the potential these students offer to the local labour market and our future economy. As a Chamber member, can you help these students to explore and get a better understanding the diversity of professional job roles available throughout the city region?  

We are asking Chamber businesses, large and small, to offer a Company Insight Day to LJMU students from the Liverpool City Region.  Your organisations could be growing small businesses, charities or larger businesses.  The Chamber would like to focus the offers in the week of 4 -8 March 2019.

These one-day activities/visits would offer two or three students an opportunity to experience and understand your company and the local labour market better. Students will gain an insight into industries or organisations they would not previously have considered as career choices and gain understanding of the growing diverse city region labour market. (There is no requirement for the organisation to offer to employ the students).

This is a new project, specifically aimed at helping our local students who wish to find professional work in the city region. LJMU will support the students on the programme with 1:1 career support and guide them throughout their degree into professional employment choices. Workshops and additional mentoring will also be a factor during the programme.

As part of our support for your contributions to the project, we will support companies with aspirations to recruit students from the University including, how to welcome and establish graduate career programmes.

If you think you can help local students and wish to be a part of this innovative new initiative: CareerSmart Company Insight Days please contact LJMU Employer Engagement Team.; 0151 231 8048