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 Award or achieve a Changemaker Certificate Level 3 during your time studying with us, but are not full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three to 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 Certificate Level 3 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.

  • 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 on our Changemaker pages.

    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 if you sign up to a full 180 credit masters degree.

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

    As a current UON student you are eligible for the Northampton Employment Promise. Pop along to the Changemaker Hub in the Learning Hub to find out more.

    I’m an international student, does this apply to me?

    The Northampton Employment Promise is available to University of Northampton graduates who meet all the above conditions and who have a legal right to work in the UK. Unfortunately if you need a visa to work in the UK, we will not be able to offer an internship, but would be happy to help you explore further study options.

    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 to discuss next steps.

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