The Employability Skills Experience simulation event
  • "Because of doing the UBC I was selected for a placement out of 150 candidates"

  • “The UBC UK was one of my top experiences at university”

  • 83% of students agree employability skills improved after participating in the UBC

  • Congratulations to the University of Limpopo - winners UBC South Africa 2017 Grand Final

  • The UBC has helped over 29,500 students with employability and enterprise skills

  • Congratulations to the 80 teams who have won through to UBC UK 2017-18 Round 2 Semi-finals

  • Congratulations to Royal Holloway University of London - winners UBC UK 2016-17

UBC - what's involved and quick overview


  • Develops the workplace skills employers are looking for
  • Students build their profile and add something significant to their CV
  • Each team member is presented with a certificate of participation which can be added to your co-curricular record as evidence of employability skills development
  • Opportunity to meet leading graduate employers
  • Top three teams win cash prizes


  • Open to all UK undergraduates from any faculty – preferably penultimate year students, but they can be from any year
  • Students participate in teams of up to 5 members


  • Students compete and run a series of realistic, simulated businesses:
  • Round 1 – run on-line over the internet for 6 weeks
  • Round 2 – live one-day regional Semi-Finals
  • Round 3 – live one-day Grand Final


  • The 3 round format starts the last week in October and ends the last week in March the following year

Time commitment?

  • In Round 1, two hours a week for the first two weeks while you are familiarising yourself with the simulation.  One hour per week thereafter. Round 1 runs for 6 weeks

Learning Outcomes?

  • The learning outcomes which result from participation are mapped against the skills employers are looking for in their graduate intake
  • 83% of participants agree they their employability skills improved through participating in the UBC

Resources needed?

  • Computer, internet access and printer 

Team registration process?

  • Team registration is open from April to October (until advertised closing date) via this website
  • Register the number of teams you want to enter
  • Then nominate team leaders as early in the new academic year as possible
  • Team member names only required upon commencement of the UBC

Team participation process in Round 1?

  • Registered teams are sent logins to the simulation website
  • All resources are available on the website
  • UBC provides a team helpdesk
  • All team decisions are uploaded on-line
  • Results are displayed on-line each week

UBC management team support?

  • The UBC team is here to make the registration and participation process as simple and beneficial as possible

Team support?

  • Teams find lecturer or educator support beneficial in terms of team dynamics and decision making
  • Guidance and resources are provided to educators by the UBC team

Round 2 Semi-Finals:

  • Approximately 30% of teams go through to the Round 2 one-day live semi-finals
  • These are held in February to March at regional venues throughout the UK
  • They are hosted by our Employer Partners

Round 3 Grand Final:

  • The top 10 teams go through to the Round 3 Grand Final run live over one day in the third week of March hosted by the lead Employer Partner

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