UCFB, a world first in higher education, and recruitment specialists Connections Recruitment have joined forces to ensure students are industry-ready for the world of sport upon graduation.

Students at the newly opened UCFB Etihad Campus, in and around the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium in Manchester, will benefit from expert employability advice from Connections staff as well as help on producing great CVs, the perfect interview technique and how to maximise their initial job applications.

Connections are a market leading commercial recruiter providing local knowledge and national reach across permanent, temporary and contract markets.

The partnership further enhances the employability of UCFB graduates, who through a mix of first-class teaching, unique work experience opportunities and the chance to hear from industry professionals on a weekly basis, already experience best-in-class in higher education provision. At UCFB 93% of graduates are in full-time employment, two-thirds of which are in the sport industry – both figures far exceeding industry standards.

Danny Stroud, who manages UCFB’s industry partnerships, said: “We’re delighted to be working closely with Connections Recruitment and to be able to offer our students even more opportunities to enhance their employability credentials.

“Connections’ expertise, coupled with UCFB’s resources, means students will be industry-ready to secure their dream job in the football industry and be prepared for a highly challenging and rewarding future.”

Jonathan Dobkin, Director at Connections Recruitment, said: “We are always keen to support the community that we work in. Having a number of offices across Manchester and being a local business we felt that the partnership with UCFB was a great fit for us.

“People are the lifeblood of our business and we are delighted to be able to support the students on their journey from academia to employment post studies.”