Developing robust relationships and partnerships with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is paramount for employers seeking to tap into the abundant graduate talent pool, make a positive impact on local communities, and create ample opportunities for career growth.

Collaborating with HEIs not only supports the growth and development of future graduates but also grants employers access to fresh perspectives, research collaborations, and a highly skilled workforce.

Internship and Placement Programs

ITT Members can join hands with HEIs to provide internships and placement programs for students. These initiatives offer students invaluable industry experience, enabling them to apply their academic knowledge in practical, real-world settings. In turn, employers gain access to a pool of talented and motivated students who can contribute to their organizations. Building strong relationships with HEIs ensures a steady pipeline of graduates equipped with relevant skills and knowledge.

Collaborative Research Projects

Employers can engage in collaborative research projects with HEIs, capitalizing on the expertise of faculty members and students. By jointly exploring research questions or tackling industry challenges, employers gain fresh perspectives and innovative solutions. Collaborative research projects not only enhance an employer's reputation as an industry leader but also provide students with hands-on research experience, equipping them with practical skills.

Mentoring and Coaching Programs

Employers can actively participate in mentoring or coaching programs offered by HEIs. By sharing industry knowledge, experience, and professional guidance, employers assist students in developing crucial skills and gaining insights into their chosen career paths. Mentoring programs create a sense of connection and guidance for students, significantly increasing their chances of a smooth transition into the workforce.

Building Strong Relationships

Building strong relationships with HEIs not only empowers employers to tap into the immense potential of graduate talent but also nurtures a collaborative ecosystem that fosters growth, innovation, and success.

For more information, and to talk to the relevant contact at each university, please contact Paul Evans, Head of Membership on 0844 4995 653 or