Placements and work experience

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

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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 eight and twelve weeks)
  • Easter/Christmas internship (typically two – four 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 two – three 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?

  • You need to think through what you want a student to do – will you require specialist skills and experience?
  • 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.
  • 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 eight 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 us on +44 (0)1204 903 080 or email ku.ca1586207099.notl1586207099ob@sr1586207099eerac1586207099-buht1586207099nedut1586207099s1586207099