The UK has a shortage of social science graduates with the quantitative skills necessary to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. These skills are essential to employers across all sectors.

How employers can get involved with Q-Step

1. Work experience
We are looking for employers from all sectors to form partnerships with Q-Step Centres and provide work placements for social science undergraduates.

By giving students the opportunity to see for themselves how quantitative analysis is used professionally, you will provide them with an invaluable experience. Students will be able to put theory acquired on their degree courses into practice, and their experience will inform their career choices, which might include working for your company. 

Mentoring a Q-Step student could be a development opportunity for your staff – enabling them to develop their management skills. 

Providing a placement will also enable your organisation to strengthen its links with the higher education sector, and could feed into your corporate social responsibility policy. 

2. Influence the development of the new Q-Step courses and recognise their value in your recruitment 

Q-Step Centres are developing new quantitative methods content for their social science courses. You can help by telling us what these new courses need to include in order to equip students with the ability to apply their skills in the workplace. 

Some Centres will offer new degrees or suites of modules that lead to a specialist quantitative methods qualification. If you show that you value these qualifications, students will be encouraged to take them. 

3. Tell politicians and decision-makers how important quantitative skills are to your business 
We know employers are engaging with politicians and decision-makers on all sorts of issues. Please make sure they know how important quantitative skills are, and why we need to see change not only at undergraduate level but in schools too. 

For example we need more students studying mathematics beyond GCSE, whether that is the traditional AS or A Level, or new alternative qualifications. We also need more quantitative problem-solving included in the teaching and assessment of subjects other than mathematics. 

Next steps
Contact Sarah Lock at the Nuffield Foundation to discuss wants to get involved with Q-Step

Email: slock@nuffieldfoundation.org
Tel: 020 7631 0566

Also on the web

Students from the following Q-Step Centres have successfully completed 2014 work placements over the summer.  

  1. Manchester Metropolitan Q-Step Centre
  2. Manchester University Q-Step Centre
  3. Queen's Belfast Q-Step Centre
  4. Oxford Unviersty Q-Step Centre

If you are interested in partnering with any of our 15 Q-Step Centres, please find their details here