Our students can contribute a vast range of skills and knowledge to suit many different positions and organisations. Our students come from a range of different academic disciplines and can be recruited to a wide range of placement roles.

A placement can offer a range of valuable benefits to our students and needs to be able to:

  • Provide a student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom
  • Enable the student to learn about working life and the working environment
  • Encourage students to meet new challenges and assume some responsibilities
  • Broaden the student's horizon
  • Enhance the student's knowledge of business practice and the business environment.

What is the definition of work experience?

Work experience can be defined as:

  • Summer internship (usually lasting between 8 and 12 weeks)
  • Easter / Christmas internship (typically 2-4 weeks in duration)
  • 12 month work placement (can be paid work which is part of a students four year course or can be undertaken outside of their three year degree course i.e. a voluntary year out)
  • Work based project (a specific piece of assessed work linked to an academic School)
  • Work shadowing (lasting for 2-3 days/weeks in length and generally unpaid)
  • Part-time work
  • Voluntary work ( working for a "not for profit organisation" unpaid).

How to get the right person?

  1. You need to think through what you want a student to do. Will you require specialist skills and experience?
  2. Be explicit about your needs and be clear about the tasks and objectives you expect them to achieve. This will help to keep the placement on track and provides a good platform for future evaluation.
  3. Involve them in the same recruitment and selection process as any other employee. This will help you to choose the right candidate for the role.

Ensuring a successful work placement

To ensure that both you and the student benefit from the work placement the following checklist needs to be given careful consideration:

  • Ensure the job is coherent, with thought through projects, not just a series of unrelated tasks.
  • Develop a clear role description and person specification that is sufficiently challenging.
  • Define responsibilities and key tasks.
  • Determine the skills required.
  • Design an appropriate induction.
  • Allocate a supervisor / line manager for the student from the outset.
  • Build in an evaluation process.

Offering a Placement and Work Experience

Undergraduate work experience generally takes place in the holiday periods or on a temporary basis agreed between the student and your organisation. Summer placements usually last for approximately 8 weeks starting in July.

International students can undertake a course related work experience placement or internship from a UK employer, provided it is approved by the University, and it does not take up more than 50% of the total duration of the course.

To offer a University of Bolton student the chance to gain some valuable work experience please contact the Careers Service on 01204 903080 or email us at studenthub-careers@bolton.ac.uk