“With the pool of students getting bigger, so the demand for placements that act as the transition between study and the workplace is increasing. There are plenty of websites offering placements but they’re not particularly focused on engineering. Having a website that we can recommend to students as the place to go will save them real time and effort.
What I like about the TRS solution is that it doesn’t just include the big name companies but their supply chain partners too. Students may just miss out on a placement with a large organisation, but there are others in the chain that need good quality students and the TRS site is a great way to drill down into that.
I’ve offered to set up a focus group for TRS so that we get feedback from students as well as employers. I’ve also met with the developers to share ideas. We want to make the site as appealing and easy to use as possible. The more streamlined the placement system is, the more students we’ll encourage use it and that will impact on our attractiveness as an industrial placement provider.
TRS has a wealth of knowledge and takes a strategic view. I can see this expanding to include advice on preparing for assessment centres, for example, or writing CVs – a one-stop-shop for people building their career.”