Ninety five per cent of students at Leeds Trinity University are employed, or in further study, within six months of graduating, according to the most recent release of a national employability survey.
More than 300,000 students from across the UK completed the 2015 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey, which confirmed that 95 per cent of undergraduate students at Leeds Trinity found a job or entered into further study within six months of graduating from their course. The results are 1.1 per cent above the national average.
Producing highly employable graduates has been at the heart of Leeds Trinity’s ethos since it was founded 50 years ago. The University was one of the first to include professional work placements with every degree, and its partnerships with over 2,000 businesses give students access to thousands of high quality placements every year.
The Careers and Employability team supports students with all aspects of their professional work placements, as well as giving students access to a wide range of paid and voluntary opportunities during their degrees.
The success of this approach is evidenced by graduates like Sophie Merrick, who secured her job as a Broadcast Journalist for Yorkshire Coast Radio weeks before graduating in 2015. During her three years at Leeds Trinity, she was paid to cover the 2015 European elections in Leeds for Sky News, was part of an ITV team based in Harrogate covering the 2015 General Election, and interviewed Strictly Come Dancing cast members.
Sophie said: “The support I got from the staff at Leeds Trinity was amazing. I always used to joke that they just sit waiting for an email because any time I had a problem or a query they’d respond within minutes! I went for the job at Yorkshire Coast Radio at the end of May 2015, and my first day of annual leave was actually so I could attend my Graduation. It’s now just over a year on, and I’ve been offered the role of a Breakfast Bulletin Editor at Free Radio.
“The placements I did during my course were invaluable. I went to Free Radio as a part of the mandatory placement period within the Journalism course and this, combined with the support of my tutor, has been key to me securing my new job.
“I am very lucky to still be in touch with my radio tutor from University, and he still gives me advice when I need it. If you study Journalism at Leeds Trinity you will not graduate feeing alone, and the extensive hands-on experience and knowledge you’ll have about the field is also a great advantage when settling in to ‘the real world’.”
Supporting aspiring entrepreneurs is also a big focus for the University and in 2015, the Trinity Enterprise Centre opened to help students and graduates, like 22-year-old Ben Lawton, develop their own businesses. Ben graduated in 2015 with a Business degree. During his first year of study, he launched Custom Controllers UK Limited, which is now the leading UK manufacturer for customised gaming controllers.
Professor Margaret A House, vice-chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “At Leeds Trinity, our students are supported through every step of their time at university – and this support continues when they graduate. We’re proud of our excellent reputation for producing highly employable graduates and the contribution our graduates are making in a diverse range of fields and industries.”