Benefits of collaboration for talent development

Benefits of collaboration for talent development

Leicester SOR-IntroTalent Academies offer a unique approach to developing students’ employability.

Inspired by the University’s Employer Advisory Board – an advisory panel consisting of some of the largest graduate recruiters in the UK – Talent Academies help develop an understanding of the skills employers want by introducing students to the working world as part of their first year curriculum.

Embedded within a students’ first year, Talent Academies develop the students’ awareness of the transferable skills employers require through insight projects and activities which expose students to the working environments and employers most commonly associated with their area of study. With the full support of each academic department, the learning outcomes which underpin each Talent Academy are assessed to ensure the effectiveness of this programme.

Looking at how this works in practice, Leicester’s Criminology Department has worked with a range of criminal justice agencies to develop its Talent Academy offering. In 2015 this involved the department partnering with Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Youth Offending Services, Leicestershire Crown Courts and a local charity to offer a wide range of timetabled experiential opportunities to students.

University Leicester LogosEach organisation offered a unique insight into their organisation and the roles performed in the community. Leicestershire Police, for example, partnered with the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology to use the Talent Academy concept to offer an amazing opportunity for students to experience all aspects of their organisation. As a result students were engaged in activities across the service and gained valuable experience and insight through a broad range of areas including the Dogs Unit, Road Policing Unit, Call Management Centre, Operational Police Training, Intelligence, Scenes of Crime, Serious and Organised Crime and the Specials and Police Volunteers Department.

As part of their feedback, students cited an increased understanding and confidence in how to tackle the next stages of their career development whilst others recognised the opportunity to gain an insight into leading organisations as something they may not have had access to outside of their degree.

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