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28 February 2023

Launching our Work-based Learning Unit at King's

Andrew Wright, Senior Associate Director (Careers & Employability)

A new portfolio of opportunities providing meaningful work experience to our students and researchers.


This March, King's Careers & Employability will launch our new Work-based Learning unit, based in Employer Engagement.

The new unit, brings together two existing teams enabling us to bridge the gap between these areas and drive even greater efficiencies, learning and capability to create meaningful work experiences for key student and researcher cohorts.

Our Global Placements team looks after year-in-industry placement provision for both the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences and King's Business School ensuring student success is placed at the heart of the full placement lifecycle.

Working with students from their first year, through their placement and their eventual reinduction to King's, the team have already developed sector-leading practices which will be further enhanced in this new structure.

Launching in autumn, our Insights programming develops career confidence in students, providing them with the knowledge, attributes, skills and experiences to focus their career thinking as they embark on their search for graduate opportunities. The Unit will drive forward King's existing aims to be a civic university at the heart of London, working with local SMEs and businesses to generate business treks, work shadowing and virtual projects. 

Internship support for under-represented groups, enhancing social mobility sits at the heart of our work, with innovative recruitment, assessment and evaluation practices embedded throughout. Already over 20 King's departments have embedded an Accredited Internship Module into their academic programme, and we're working to bring new ways of authentic assessment to our students across even more programmes and disciplines. It will also help to curate existing best practice programmes across professional services units under one roof working with the King's Entrepreneurship Institute; Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and King's Business School to develop their existing practice and programming.

Additionally, in collaboration with The Policy Institute, the Unit will also deliver the King's Parliamentary Research Internships scheme which sees PhD candidates and post-doc researchers matched with Peers in the House of Lords to conduct research and policy work. Now in its second year, our interns have contributed to Peers’ engagement with important legislation including: the Nationality and Borders Bill; the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill; the Health and Care Bill; the Public Order Bill and the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill.

By bringing together our existing expertise under new leadership, the Work-based Learning unit will enable King's staff and students to benefit from even more opportunities, enhancing the student experience and consulting with academics and faculty on their aspirations to embed work-based or work-related learning into their programmes.

Andrew Wright, Senior Associate Director (Careers & Employability)

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Senior Associate Director (Careers & Employability)

Melissa Ingleton

Head of Work-based Learning