In this report NCUB revisit and evaluate the evidence on participation in work experience by HE students across the UK, and the extent to which accounts from students and HEIs (demand side) match accounts from employers (supply side).

Key findings show that the supply of, and demand for work placements are mismatched and misunderstood, the offer of work placements differs by sector and size, placements are increasingly used as a recruitment tool, and that increasing work placements and experiences may require more flexibility, ingenuity and planning among HEIs, although there are significant organisational costs and challenges in doing so.