London Metropolitan University’s business and PR faculty have set up a ‘Met Temp ‘project which will be run by students to help students find temporary work.
Met Temps is a new service available at London Met and it is run by business students and the LMBS (London Metropolitan Business School) faculty. It has been set up to give business students experience, whilst helping other students from other faculties find paid work. It will be co-located with careers services, which is already available.
Paul Skiven-baker, HR business partner and the Met Temps project manager for the last 12 months has “nurtured” the project.
“We want to enhance the service already available to student, not replace what they do. We want to do our damndest to make sure students can afford to study.”
The project is partnered with Keystone employment group, a recruitment agency. They provided the software and enabled Met Temps to use the web address www.directemping.com where many local employers are already registered. Paul explains,
“When students register, they have to agree to have their information passed outside of the university. 50% of students live within seven miles of the university so we’ll find local employers for local students.”
Vanessa Airth, Business Relations and Employability Manager, will be in charge of the project and has recruited two business students, one from North and one from City campus. Both students were looking for a 12 month placement alongside their course, which would give them an additional 30 credits.
“They will take a whole year off from their studies in their third year to get an additional 30 credits, and then they will return to their studies in October 2013 to continue their studies. They will also get a City & Guilds award which is an international, industry award which will improve their employability.”
“It’s going to be a student enterprise scheme for students. Business school students were most likely to have experience and knowledge in HR, finance and business. They will be recruiting and going out to find part time opportunities, targeting certain areas for the students needs.”
According to a recent survey, 60% of students need more help finding part time work. 19 year old student, Helen McCulloch comments, “I know lots of people struggle to find jobs which are suitable. Many students, including myself struggle with money and having a job is crucial.”
Clemence Moulart, 20, student says, “It makes it easier for students with no work experience. When I moved to London it took me almost a year before I finally got a job.”
Career Services already helps students with CV’s, cover letters and providing drop in sessions from 12-3pm every day and regular workshops.
“Careers services aims to find graduates jobs long term. Met temps doesn’t do this, it simply finds temporary and part time placements.” Paul continued, “By marketing our students it will also help our reputation. The aim is that employers will start to think of us as being really proactive in getting ‘business ready graduates’”
So what is the difference between Met Temps and Careers services? Paul explains, “The main difference between our services is the timesheets and how we manage the bookings. They will be actively seeking jobs by going out in the market. Managers can go onto the system, look at the students available and that best fit the job, and can then book them.”
“It processes the whole thing, from when you start until you get paid. It’s all about doubling or tripling the chance of them getting the job.”
Most faculties offer work placements as part of their course. Martina Tomasello, PR and journalism student took this option and managed to work a week experience at the Press Association and one week at The Times magazine.
“I had to physically go to the PA to ask for a placement, the majority of newspapers and magazines I applied to didn’t answer my e-mails at all for weeks. The most difficult part is convincing yourself not to give up.”
Vanessa hopes Business students next year will choose their placement at Met Temps. “In the future, we may need more students to run the project.”
So what other help is available outside of the university? Website www.thestudentjob.com has been set up by a student from Kings College, Jack Tang. Head of Fulfilment, Goncalo Ribeiro helps promote the website which is set up “by students, for students,”
“We’ve recruited staff for the 2012 Games, the BRIT Awards, as well as some other major national chains.” He continues,
“We have roughly 25,000 registered students now, a figure that continues to grow. This is largely due to the never-before-seen features such as student profiles which allow students to present themselves to employers with their qualifications, interests, previous experience and even a short video. This makes it a lot more likely for a student to find employment through our site than using a boring CV.”
Paul Skiven-baker also had a similar idea, for students to help students. The managers who will be running the project will gain experience and employability but help students and employers find a match.
“The job of the students will be to sell that our students are worth investing in. If you want graduates in the future invest in them now to give them opportunities – earn while you learn.”