Students successfully gain placements with the Government Economic Service

(From left) Jason, Mycroft and Thomas

A number of students from the Faculty of Business and Law have once again been hugely successful in securing a joint-record setting number of placements with the Government Economic Service (GES), one of the most prestigious placements available to students studying Economics.

Six University of Portsmouth students have been selected for the scheme by GES, which is part of the Civil Service and the largest single employer of professional economists in the UK. GES encourages good use of economics in the government and maintains high standards of Fast Stream entry.

The sandwich placement scheme is extremely well-regarded and highly competitive, offering incredible opportunities for personal and professional development. Students undertake a rigorous application, interview and selection process over several weeks.

Joe Cox, Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Economics said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our students have once again been selected for the honour of a placement with the Government Economic Service (GES). Competition for these life-changing opportunities is fierce and our students have successfully navigated an extremely rigorous and intensive selection process, while all the time having to cope with the pressures of their university studies. They should be heartily congratulated for their achievement and the incredible levels of ability, commitment and resolve they have demonstrated throughout the experience.

Thankfully, our students have been very well supported by the placement team in the Faculty Placement Office, who have expertly nurtured and guided them to this point. I know that the cohort of students currently on placement with the GES are really enjoying themselves and are coping well with their varied and challenging roles. We are proud that our economics courses are helping to prepare students for success at the highest level year-after-year and are already working to support our current first year students to prepare for the next round of applications”.

An event was held on Wednesday 14 February in Portland Building to promote the GES to next year’s potential applicants. Recent successful GES applicants spoke at the event to pass on advice and share their experiences; Jason Yau has just accepted a placement with HM Treasury, Mycroft Leitch has accepted a placement with the Department of Work and Pensions, Thomas Stevens is going to work with HMRC and Fasheng Liang will work with the Office of National Statistics. These second year students said that attending the GES talk in their first year motivated them to apply for a placement within the Government Economic Service.

Jordan (left) and Joe (right)

Also there to inspire the students were third year students who have come back from placement, Joe Hart, who has finished his placement with IBM and Jordan Broome who has been working for EZE Software. Congratulations to both students who have been accepted onto graduate schemes for their companies after graduation!



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  1. Well done Mycroft on your placement for next year hope to see you soon in Epsom .

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