What is a Professional Training Placement?
Professional Training is a period of work experience between the 2nd or 3rd and final year of study. This period typically lasts 30 weeks to 12 months and may be formed of one or more placements.
Professional Training schemes vary between departments and have been developed by each department to provide the best opportunities for their students. For more information on how Professional Training is run for your course please visit the 'Courses with Placements' page and select your course.
Professional Training, as it is called today at the University of Surrey, has a long history that goes back to the times in which the University was a polytechnic in London. To find out more about the history of the long-running placement scheme here at the University of Surrey and to find out how the successful scheme that is in place today has been developed please visit the 'History of Professional Training' page.
One of the areas that makes Surrey placements so unique is the amount of support provided to our students. Students are supported from the application stage right through to the end of the placement and into the final year. Although support is available, our students are encouraged to be proactive and are asked to apply for placements themselves. As part of the application procedure they will have to write a CV and cover letter, and may be expected to go through a long application process including interviews and assessment centres.
Each student who undertakes a placement is provided with a tutor from among the departmental staff. Tutors are required to visit the students during their placement and the number of visits is determined by the placement length and course type.
The Professional Training and Careers Committee (PTCC) is formed from senior tutors and admin staff from across the Professional Training community. The committee's role is to monitor and evaluate Professional Training each year and to aid the development and improvement of the scheme throughout the University.
“I found the PT year a most enjoyable experience as well as extremely valuable in the development of my possible future career”
“I never felt like I was on my own – even though I had a lot of independent work”