• EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY
  • EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY

About the Cooperative Education & Careers Division

About the Cooperative Education & Careers Division

Alive to the link between academia and the workplace, University of Limerick pioneered the concept of cooperative education in Ireland in 1972. The Cooperative Education & Careers Division is responsible for the management, development and delivery of the cooperative education, careers and school placement programmes at the University of Limerick. Cooperative Education programme (Coop) is central to both UL’s educational philosophy and branding and is consistently cited by students as one of their top reasons for choosing UL over other higher education institutions. Based on the North American system, UL operates a centralised model of placement for both its Coop and School Placement programmes, whereby responsibility for securing placements lies with the University.

University of Limerick has a strong employability focus and is committed to equipping students and graduates with skills and competencies they will need to build successful careers. During their four years at UL, students have access to an extensive range of employability-focused activities, including placement, careers development programmes, skills development and assessment sessions, and one-to-one consultations, to empower them to prepare for and manage their future careers.

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Spanning some 56 degree programmes, Cooperative Education at UL is the largest placement programme in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe.
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The Career Services supports students and recent graduates in developing and implementing successful career plans.
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For students of B.Ed. programmes, UL manages the largest School Placement Programme in Ireland, both in terms of placement numbers and disciplinary spread.
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The principle of employability is a cornerstone of the University of Limerick’s educational philosophy and a defining feature of the student experience.
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The Cooperative Education & Careers Division supports employers by providing them with opportunities to meet both immediate and long-term human resource needs.
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The Cooperative Education & Careers Division works in partnership with faculty of the University of Limerick in order to support students and graduates in their career development.
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Access to resources for the university tutors participating in the School Placement Programme.