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Sean's story

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“I’m so happy to say that I was one of those Springboard success stories. I’d never imagined that Springboard would have been this successful for me. It’s changed my life to be honest.”

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At the end of 2018, Sean sadly experienced a series of personal setbacks; a health scare, a relationship break up and a serious struggle with mental illness. On top of all this, Sean had just been unexpectedly made redundant from his factory job, and the extenuating personal circumstances made it very difficult for him to go back to work. Everything began to fall apart - he was forced to move back in with his mum as he couldn’t afford to pay his bills, he wasn’t socialising because he didn’t have any money and his mental health deteriorated even further. Sean was religiously applying for jobs but struggling to get further than the interview stage - he felt that he was being negatively judged for his weight and this took a toll on his confidence. It was at the Job Centre where Sean was given the recommendation for Springboard’s programmes, and he decided to enrol on the Diageo Learning for Life Hospitality & Bartending course.

The programme provided Sean with an immeasurable set of skills and qualifications, while also transforming his self-confidence and people skills. He felt hugely supported by the Springboard staff, grateful for their commitment and empathy towards his personal situation. At the end of the course, Sean was given the opportunity to complete a work experience placement as a receptionist at the Holiday Inn Express, which he loved. He was absolutely delighted when at the end of his placement, he was offered a full-time position! He’s now been working there for a few months and is still really enjoying it.

Sana's story

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“Without Springboard, I don’t know if I’d be here right now” 

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Sana knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Marketing after completing her Business Studies GCSE course at school, and she decided to continue working towards this goal, taking on a Business Studies A level at college. Her hard work paid off and allowed her to achieve a degree in Marketing from the University of Middlesex after completing her studies at college. Lack of experience meant that, frustratingly, Sana had great difficulty in finding work in her desired industry, and decided to take a role she was offered in Customer Service. Although she gained some useful skills & experience from the job, it wasn’t fulfilling or enjoyable for her; Sana’s passion was still to begin a career in Marketing. Sadly, Sana was forced to leave her job in order to become a full-time carer for her grandfather who had cancer, which had a huge impact on her mental health. She fell into a state of depression; feeling very little hope for her future. 

After Sana’s mother spoke to a Springboard representative while working at the Job Centre, she put them in touch, and Sana was soon enrolled onto one of Springboard’s KickStart programmes. The programme taught her the basics of health & safety as well as providing her with useful qualifications in Food Hygiene amongst other areas, increasing her prospects of finding work. However, Sana sights were still set on finding a career in Marketing. Not long after Sana completed the programme, Springboard were able to help her to secure an interview for a Marketing Assistant role at The London Clinic, for which she was successful! Sana has now been working at The London Clinic full-time since September, and couldn’t be happier. 

“It’s been absolutely amazing, I’m so grateful to Springboard & The London Clinic for giving me this opportunity. In the 2 months that I’ve been here I’ve gained so many skills that I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t given this opportunity. I really want to say thank you to both Springboard & The London Clinic for helping me to kickstart my career in marketing; it’s because of The London Clinic and my amazing line manager that I am at this stage. If I decide at some point to go elsewhere, they are the ones who have given me the skills & experience that will allow me to excel wherever I choose to go.”

She credits her success to the hard work & support of the Springboard staff who listened to her, understood her ambitions & communicated consistently, never giving up.

Springboard's GEMS Placements

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The graduate recruitment sphere offers employers a pool of highly skilled and ambitious new talent each year. As the number of graduates continues to rise, it’s easy to see why graduate recruitment has become one of the most crowded marketplaces for organisations to utilise in their recruitment strategy. But how can you separate yourself from your competition? How can you ensure that you are able to attract, hire and maintain a steady stream of graduates?

A graduate placement may be the answer to your problems

What is a graduate placement?

Graduate placements can be tied into many undergraduate degrees at universities across the UK as a ‘sandwich’ year or short-term placement in between years of study and are particularly prevalent in Hospitality, Events and Tourism. These paid placements allow students to gain exposure to the industry whilst applying the knowledge and skills they’ve cultivated so far in their university studies.

How will a Graduate placement benefit YOUR company?

  • Graduate placements essentially offer companies a trial period to train a new member of the team, analysing how well they would fit into the organisation both in terms of culture and ability. The scheme will save your company funds which may have otherwise been spent on a costly recruitment drive with little return on investment.
  • They also grant companies ample time to sell the industry and, more importantly, their company to the student for when they come to think about graduate employment.
  • Placements provide a fixed term appointment staff member to whom you may decide to allocate specific projects or tasks to synergise the goals of the company as well as the student, who can bring fresh ideas & perspectives on board.
  • In providing fulfilling & successful placements to university students, your company’s reputation will improve as word of mouth spreads, allowing you to begin forging a steady pipeline of talented students.

How can Springboard help YOU?

Springboard’s GEMS programme offers students on Hospitality, Tourism and Events based courses the chance to learn from their own personal industry mentor. Our placement bank provides the 100+ GEMS students with a platform to discover meaningful & exciting work placements. Our business partners can access this pool of untapped talent for free by gaining exposure through the placement bank.

Through completing the INSPIRE accreditation, your organisation can also ensure that its work experience placements are of the highest quality. Work experience is the single most important factor influencing careers choices; a strong & worthwhile placement can really improve your conversion of work experience students who will eventually choose to apply for permanent roles at your company. 

Find out more about INSPIRE https://industry.springboard.uk.net/getting-involved/inspire/become-an-inspire-employer

To find out more about the placement bank speak to your business relationship manager or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.