Talent Bank

What is the Talent Bank?

The Talent Bank gives students on courses of at least two semesters duration the opportunity to apply for paid temporary and part-time work across all campuses and various departments within the University of Westminster.

It is also a scheme through which University of Westminster departments can quickly appoint staff to fill part-time vacancies both casual/ad-hoc and longer-term roles. The scheme is designed to be reciprocal, providing students with the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ and develop your skills/experience yet also provide an efficient means for departments to fulfil their staffing requirements.

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Why register with the Talent Bank?

We recognise the increasing need among students to offset the expense of studying full-time by taking on temporary or part-time work, but we also know that taking on work during your course is not just about earning extra cash. It's a fantastic opportunity for you to develop transferable skills, gain valuable professional experience and subsequently increase your job prospects for after graduation.

We are looking for a number of students to register with us for flexible work over the coming months. There could be a department or external employer looking for someone like you right now! Casual, temporary, part-time, seasonal/holiday work - whatever you're seeking, we are interested in hearing from you.

What will I be paid?

Within the University of Westminster students can work maximum of 20 hours per week earning either £7.50 (National Minimum Wage), £10.20 (London Living Wage) or £12 an hour depending on the job. Students will be required to fill in a timesheet each month and will be paid on a monthly basis.

With external employers students can work part-time during term time and full-time during holidays. The pay rate will vary but will meet the National Minimum Wage.

How do I apply?

To apply to join the Talent Bank you have to complete an online application form and provide evidence of how you meet the Talent Bank Person Specification. The stages are as follows:

  1. Submit your application by completing this Talent Bank Application form
  2. If shortlisted, you will be required to complete an online Induction to the Talent Bank
  3. Once all of the above are successfully done, you will be added to the Talent Bank database and will gain exclusive access to the Talent Bank jobs
  4. In order to be eligible to apply to the Talent Bank, you need to be fully enrolled on a course of at least two semesters in duration. Applications from students on shorter courses will not be considered.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application and what the next steps are within four weeks from submitting your application via email.

What skills and experience will I need?

The specific skills and experience required will vary for each position, however we do look for the following;

Essential:

  • Self-motivated with enthusiasm, initiative and a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Able to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Reliability and good timekeeping
  • Excellent customer service skills

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience
  • Microsoft Office Skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)

If you meet the selection criteria

  • You will be registered with the Talent Bank, you can now start applying for different roles offered through Talent Bank. Once you have shown interest in a particular vacancy, we will refer your application to the relevant department.
  • The relevant department will then select candidates to interview.
  • The relevant department will let Talent Bank know who they would like to offer a position and Talent Bank will notify the successful candidates(s).

Commitment to embracing diversity and promoting equality

The University is committed to embracing diversity and promoting equality and has a positive approach to employing disabled people. If you have a disability that may affect your performance during any stage of the Talent Bank application process, then you can choose to inform us of this.

By disclosing this information, we may be able to adapt the process for you and take this into account when considering your application. Please email the Talent Bank team at [email protected]. Any information you disclose will be confidential and will not be passed on to Talent Bank employers or anyone outside of the Career Development Centre without your consent.

EU and EEA national students

Please read this information sheet if you are an EU or EEA national student working in the University of Westminster (PDF)

Higher Education Achievement Record

The Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) is a formal degree transcript that provides a full record of your university achievements, including both academic and extra-curricular learning and experience.
To be eligible for recognition you will need to be part of the Talent Bank scheme and

  • get at least one job through the Talent Bank
  • attend two Career Development Centre sessions or events (workshops, careers fairs, presentations with employers)
  • attend one 45 minute Guidance Appointment with a Careers Consultant

The HEAR is being issued to University of Westminster Undergraduate students (not including students on courses at partner institutions) who commenced their studies from September 2014 onwards.

Please note:

  • We are only able to register a limited number of students.
  • Vacancies across the University arise according to departmental need and the number can vary throughout the year.
  • The Talent Bank is available only to current University of Westminster students.
  • Once you join the Talent Bank, you will be required to apply for the positions you are interested in.

If you cannot find the information you’re looking for on our webpages or if you have any other questions, get in touch with us at [email protected] or on +44 (0) 203 506 6366.

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Talent Bank roles

Here are some examples of Talent Bank roles that may come up throughout the year.

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Talent Bank student experiences

Read about students' experiences with the Talent Bank and the jobs they did.