Work Placement Years

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Advantages to you as an employer

  • Our placement students are highly motivated and well qualified.
  • Placements can be advertised at no cost to the employer.
  • The decision to employ a student rests entirely with the company.
  • A 9-12 month paid placement creates the opportunity to assess potential employees without long term obligation.
  • Companies have an employee who is committed to developing his/her skills throughout the placement.

During the placement

  • Students are expected to complete a portfolio of work, in which they reflect on the skills they have acquired and developed and provide evidence to support this.
  • Their progress is also monitored by a workplace-based supervisor and a brief assessment of their skills is made at the start and end of the placement.
  • A member of our staff visits the company and student once during the placement to make sure everything is going smoothly, but contact is maintained throughout the placement in case any problems should arise.
  • We have designed a handbook called Guide for Host Employers which outlines the assessed work that students must complete whilst on placement. 

Key dates

  • The placement should start in the summer, between mid-June and mid-September.
  • It can be advertised at any time. The optimum period is October to May, in the year prior to the placement.
  • The earlier you advertise, the greater the number and calibre of students to select from.
  • Please ensure that deadlines for applications and interview dates do not conflict with University examinations. There is a two week examination period in January and a three week period in May/June. Term and examination dates  

What you need to provide

  • The placement should be a minimum of 9 months long and ideally 12 months.
  • It is advisable to have a clear job description and person specification (presented as a one-page advert).
  • It is important for students to have a role with a reasonable amount of responsibility or one that uses their skills.
  • It is a requirement that students have a named supervisor at your workplace during their placement.
  • The salary is a matter for negotiation between the company and the student. As a guideline, many companies offer salaries of around £17K - £18K but we can advertise anything that is above the minimum wage.
  • The job title is really important. Students search by general headings such as Marketing, HR or Finance. If your vacancy is given an unusual or lengthy title, it is likely to attract fewer applications.
  • It is best to specify a closing date for receipt of applications.

The University Careers Centre also advertises vacancies via an online database. Employers can upload vacancies directly or email them to the Careers Centre. They can also be emailed to the Work Placement Programme Manager at the Business School. We only advertise vacancies with a company address, a named contact person and telephone and email contact details. Please ensure you provide all this information.

Important documents

Before students start work, we need to formally approve the placement so that we can ensure they will be in a safe, supervised and supportive environment. The Student Placement Health and Safety Agreement needs to be printed, signed and returned to the address below.

Contact us

Dr Joanne Dickinson
Work Placements Programme Manager
Leeds University Business School
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4511