GBP 4269 Employability Support Officer (Penryn Campus)

Graduate Business Partnership
Round Ring
£15,000 - £19,999
11 Apr 2018
19 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A full-time Employability Support Officer is required within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) to assist with identifying work placement opportunities, handling all work placement paperwork and providing administrative and event support to the academic Employability Officer based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall.

It is becoming increasingly important that we fully support our students to prepare themselves for the job market upon graduation. There is a clear relationship between the ability of graduates to find suitable employment and engagement with work-based opportunities during the course of their studies. This role will administer the process of placing students with employers on Work-Based-Learning modules and professional placement years, overseeing completion of all relevant placement paperwork. The post will also support the identification of work placement opportunities with both local and national employers for CLES. Additionally the postholder will support the student employability committees and various annual projects such as NatureWatch and WildFilmFest among other adhoc activity, working alongside other colleagues from Student Employability and Academic Success and the Global Engagement and Development to help with the implementation of employability activities within CLES.

There will be support and guidance throughout the placement, but you will be expected to work under your own initiative to develop and support the delivery of a range of events and schemes that encourage student engagement in the area of employability.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain and update a suitable work placements process that supports the students in gaining work placements.
  2. Assist with the despatch, collation and completion of work placement paperwork to ensure the College meets the relevant health and safety and duty of care requirements. Provide administrative support for risk assessments as required within University practice.
  3. Work closely with the Employability Academic Lead and Employability Manager to provide administrative/logistical support for discipline-led employability activities, events and service meetings.
  4. Act as a champion for employability and work placements in the College and promote the benefits to staff and students. Attend appropriate meetings with colleagues in CLES and act as the first point of contact for all stakeholders.
  5. Liaise with alumni and employers who are delivering events, making enquiries, or visiting the College, ensuring you are responding in a professional and engaging manner that represents the College and the University.
  6. Develop and maintain an employer database so correspondence and activities with employers can be clearly tracked and monitored.
  7. Act as a champion for employability and work placements in the College and promote the benefits to staff and students. Attend appropriate meetings with colleagues.
  8. Assist with the compilation of reports of employability, project and placement activity in the College.
  9. Facilitate new student initiatives and projects that will enhance their employability working closely with members of wider team to further enhance and promote the employability and work placement activities.
  10. Support the planning, organisation and delivery of employability events at College-level and University-level, as appropriate.
  11. Assist with the preparation of marketing materials, college newsletters and presentations aimed at students in the College to promote employability events, projects and placements.
  12. Produce and distribute the Alumni newsletter, which details job opportunities and maintain the College Alumni database.
  13. Manage social media accounts, mainly Facebook and Twitter.
  14. Assist with the maintenance and updating of College web and ELE pages relating to employability, e.g. ensuring information is current and accurate.
  15. Carry out any other duties and projects as required by your Line Manager, commensurate with the level of the post.

Person Specification


  • Qualified to degree level from a UK University, within the last 3 years preferably in a science subject.

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Organised and methodical approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, and an ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Ability to prioritise work applying a flexible/ responsive approach to work demands.
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Creativity.
  • Experienced user of MS Office and in particular Excel.


  • Proven ability to run a project from start to finish.
  • Able to both lead a team and facilitate a group of students in the creation of a project.
  • Previous experience of sourcing, analysing and providing relevant datasets to an end user.
  • Inquisitive and analytical style with an attention to detail.
  • Evidence of past networking.

    Specialist knowledge

  • Good working knowledge of social media platforms.
  • An understanding of event management.
  • An understanding of the employability needs of CLES Cornwall students

    Other requirements

  • Take a proactive approach to understanding our customers and how we can best meet their needs.
  • Work together in a mutually supportive way and towards shared priorities.
  • Respond to enquiries (in person, by telephone or email) from staff, students and visitors in a professional and customer-focussed manner.
  • Right to work in UK for the duration of the internship.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work and travel to the Exeter Campus as required.

Closing Date: 29/04/2018

Interview Date: TBC in May (Flexible around exams)

Start Date: 11/06/2018

End Date: 30/04/2018

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