Careers and Employability Service

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Kent Experience of Work (KEW)

What is KEW?

KEW – Kent Experiences of Work - is a framework that collectively badges and promotes all the opportunities that students have to gain experiences of work, be it paid or voluntary, whilst studying at the University of Kent.

Internally, the different types of opportunities have been categorised as follows;

those that we’ve gathered and named:

I-KEW = Intra-curricular (Year in Industry/Placement)

Academic programme-based internships and placements undertaken as part of a course. This results in a combination of work experience and academic credit. In some cases students will also be paid. Annual data collection will capture the number and range of I-KEW opportunities within each school. Service level agreements between Academic Schools and the Careers and Employability Service will contribute to this.

Please consult the Good Practice Guide for University of Kent Work Placements which includes advice on setting up placements, a Placement Checklist and contact details of Placement staff in schools.

Contact us if you would like advice on setting up a Year in Industry.

E-KEW = Extra-curricular

Work experience or voluntary work offered by Academic Schools, Professional Service departments and Kent Union.

Students are provided with additional support including career management skills training.

The scheme will provide students with work experience, an income (unless volunteering) and Employability Points.

Find out more.

And those that we’ve created:

Work and Opportunity Fund = Bursary awards to support unpaid work experience

The Careers and Employability Service can offer a bursary of up to £100 to each student per academic year.

The bursary helps students on unpaid work experiences pay for travel.

The scheme supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds who otherwise may not be able to undertake voluntary work experience.

Find out more.

Work-Study Scheme - offering paid work opportunities

A scheme which employs students in a variety of part-time roles offered by Academic Schools, Professional Service departments and Kent Union while they are studying. An excellent opportunity for students to earn additional income at University.

Find out more.

If you would like to set up an experience of work/placement/any of the above, please contact us for advice.


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Last Updated: 26/03/2019