Increasing opportunities for high-quality HE work experience (for HEFCE, 2011)
With Oakleigh, CRAC evaluated HEFCE's programmes supporting work experience and recommended how it might help to increase opportunities. This comprised summative evaluation of the internship schemes with employers that HEFCE had funded (>8500 internships), interacting with over 500 participating employers, over 60 universities offering schemes and graduate and undergraduate participants. It focused on long-term impacts for employers and graduates, and understanding barriers and ‘enablers' in any expansion of opportunities and their take-up. Having reviewed other approaches and models, strategic options for HEFCE were identified in a variety of funding scenarios.