The Northampton Employment Promise

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. Which is why:

If you complete your HND or achieve a 2:2 degree or above and complete either the Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us but still haven’t found full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

How does it work?

It works in three simple steps:

1. Commit to your studies.

You’ll need to complete your HND or achieve a 2:2 or above degree classification so it’s really important that you focus on your course.

2. You’ll also need to complete one of our flagship awards:

Changemaker Gold or Employability Plus Gold. These awards involve getting to know yourself, identifying and working on your strengths and gaining practical experience so that when it comes to graduating you’re in a great position to start your career.

3. Keep in touch with us.

As alumni of the university we’re here for you wherever your career or future study takes you. We’ve made the Northampton Employment Promise because we’re so confident that completing steps one and two will impress employers and get you on the right path. However, if it doesn’t work out and you find you haven’t secured employment we’ll support you. We’ll be in touch around six months after you’ve graduated to find out what you’re up to.

Our promise:

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Your commitment:

The time that you’re here studying with us is your opportunity to commit to your studies, identify your goals and take steps to reach them. Our two flagship awards; the Changemaker Certificate and Employability Plus will help you to realise your strengths, challenge you to develop new skills and add experience to your CV.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the promise and why are we creating it?

We’re really proud of the support we’re able to offer you as a student and alumni of the university. We’ve worked with employers for many years and we’re confident that the steps involved in the awards work, meaning our incredible students are able to secure jobs after leaving us.

We created the promise because we want you to feel confident that investing so much money and time committing to your degree, alongside one of the awards is worth it. A combination of the knowledge gained from your degree plus skills and experience throughout your award puts you in a competitive position.

However, if you haven’t managed to secure paid experience a year after you’ve graduated, we’re here to support you. We will secure a three – six month paid internship for you to get you back on track.

What is Employability Plus and the Changemaker Certificate?

We offer a range of support for you whilst at university and after graduating, so that you’re ready for employment. Employability plus is one of our flagship awards, taking you on a journey from analysing your skills and understanding where you want to be through to gaining the experience you need to get there. You complete the award during your studies and there are different levels depending on how much you complete. The Gold award is the highest level and demonstrates your commitment and understanding.

The Changemaker Certificate is a different award, which you also complete during your studies. We’re very proud to be an Ashoka U Changemaker campus and the award is designed to enable you to make a difference to the world around you. You can find out more here.

What will the internship involve?

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll hear from us around 6 months later. We’ll have a chat to understand what your ambitions are, what skills you have and where your areas for development are. Together we’ll make a plan.

If you still haven’t found employment at 12 months we’ll find an internship to match your skills. It will be paid at least National Minimum Wage and be an opportunity for you to get some practical experience on your CV.

Who are the employers?

Northamptonshire is home to many employers, large and small. There are also a number of Northampton alumni who can offer internship opportunities. We have regular careers events where you can meet employers and we strongly encourage that you do so to increase your network and get a feel for what employers are looking for.

What if I want to pursue a postgraduate qualification?

If you decide your next step is a postgraduate qualification we’ll support you to secure a place at the university. As alumni you’re also entitled to a 20% discount.

I’m already a student, what does this mean for me?

We are also making the same promise to you, but the level of award which you’ll need to complete is different to reflect the fact you have less time left with us. Pop along to the Changemaker Hub in the Learning Hub to find out more.

I’m an employer, how can I get involved by offering an internship?

We would love to hear from you! Send us an email to employability@northampton.ac.uk to discuss next steps.

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