Are you interested in offering a placement to one of our students?
If you are interested in employing someone with a good knowledge of professional communication, problem solving, and with excellent writing skills, one of our students is ideal. We have students studying a variety of subject areas from English Literature to Translation, Spanish, German, French and Business Management.
The Professional Training Year, or Placement Year, is an important part of all our undergraduate degrees, with a large proportion of students spending the third year of their 4-year programme on a work placement in a variety of industries and countries. Our degrees combine academic excellence with a strong professional orientation. We place great emphasis on the modern world of work and communication, focussing on how degrees in the humanities can respond to current market needs. To ensure that you have the right student for the job. Staff from the university help to select candidates and are always available to offer additional support and direction. The decision to offer a work placement to a candidate rests entirely with the placement provider.
From the first year, our students prepare for a career in an increasingly competitive employment market.
Upon completion of Year 2, students in English Literature and English Literature & Creative Writing will have acquired the following:
- Professional communication skills
- Research skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Excellent writing and presentation skills
- IT competency
- Team working skills
Upon completion of Year 2, students in Languages and Translation will have acquired the following:
- language skills (competence level C1 in the CEFR)
- professional communication skills
- IT skills (Word, PowerPoint)
- basic translation skills
- presentation skills
- research skills
- team working skills
- knowledge of business
Depending on their chosen undergraduate degree programmes, students also have knowledge of
- business accounting and finance
- marketing principles
- managing organisation and human resource
- specialised translation and translation technology
- foreign language teaching
- creative writing
Aims and objectives of work placements
- to gain an insight into how companies and institutions work;
- to learn about different job markets;
- to enable students to apply their academic knowledge and skills in workplace and everyday situations;
- to improve their command of core skills, particularly in contexts other than those encountered at university;
- to learn how rules of behaviour in the workplace may vary according to context;
- to improve the interpersonal skills needed in an organisational setting;
- to improve and acquire work-related transferable skills;
- to build up a portfolio of personal development.
Length and number of work placements
Students are required to spend a minimum of 30 weeks (English Literature) or 46 weeks (Languages and Translation) on placement . Whether these weeks are spent in the same placement or divided between two or more different placements depends on the specific requirements of the chosen degree programme.
How it Works
1. Students take part in a preparation programme throughout their second year aimed at honing their professional skills.
2. Students may make initial contact with an organisation and initiate an application process which the University will contribute to.
3. After considering the profile of the individual students, the Placement Co-ordinator selects the students who are best suited for a particular placement.
4. The co-ordinator will contact you to inform you of the availability of these candidates who then apply for the post.
5. The decision about whether to accept or reject a candidate is entirely yours.
6. Once the student has been accepted, the three parties, employer, student and university, sign a placement agreement (copy available on request). This document lays out the responsibilities, rights and duties of the student, the university and the host company.
7. The student’s performance during the placement will be monitored and assessed by the university and the host company/institution. During the placement the student will receive two or three visits depending on the length of the placement from their tutors. During these visits the tutor will hold separate meetings with the student and the supervisor in order to monitor the student’s progress. The company’s assessment consists of two short forms to be completed during the year.
Centre for Translation Studies
Language Training for Businesses
We provide language training for business and individuals interested in learning new or developing existing language skills.
Benefits to employers
Employers benefit from the programme by having:
- Fresh, enthusiastic multilingual staff who are quick to learn
- A way to ‘road test’ potential employees
- Carefully selected students
- Tutor support for each student throughout the placement
- A point of contact with the university
What is expected of the employer?
- To nominate a supervisor who will conduct or make arrangements for day-to-day supervision of the student
- To treat the student(s) as a short term employee
- To provide training where needed
- To ensure a safe working environment, in line with Health and Safety legislation
- To facilitate and participate in the assessment of the student
- To pay the student
The decision about whether to accept or reject a candidate is entirely yours.
If you are interested in employing one or more of our students, please contact:
Nicole Sauer Professional Training Administrator
Telephone: 00441483 689958
Post: School of English and Languages
University Library and Learning Centre,
B5, University of Surrey,
Stag Hill, Guildford,
Surrey, GU2 7XH