Placement provider

Our placements are not only beneficial for students, they also provide employers with a wealth of new opportunities.

Professional Training placements

At undergraduate level, we run a renowned Professional Training placement programme. Placements allow students to apply their intellectual skills to help your organisation achieve its goals, and simultaneously give students the chance to gain valuable experience of a real-world business environment.

Why employ a Professional Training placement student?

  • A flexible low-cost recruitment solution for up to 12 months
  • Access to specific skills and knowledge that can benefit your business
  • Experience an enthusiastic and fresh approach to your business needs
  • Give existing staff the opportunity to supervise and mentor a student
  • Get a head start on identifying and recruiting the best graduates for your company
  • Students can act as excellent ambassadors of your company when returning to the University

How does the placement scheme work?

  • Placements run for a minimum of 46 working weeks, excluding any time taken as annual leave
  • Placements can start anytime during the summer (July to September)
  • Students are provided with a designated workplace supervisor and training throughout the duration of the placement
  • Each individual is supported by an academic tutor during their placement; there are two on-site visits over the course of the year
  • There is a competitive, open recruitment process in which employers choose suitable applicants
  • A tripartite agreement is signed between the University, student and employer outlining the responsibilities of all parties
  • We provide support to your organisation and our students throughout the whole placement

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Heidi Hazeu, Professional Development and Employability Tutor

Key fob being passed from one person to another

"Over the years we have built a close working relationship with the University of Surrey. Services that the [university] provide have allowed Enterprise Rent-A-Car to recruit top quality graduates with proven academic ability tied in with the necessary soft skills that are required to be successful in business."

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Postgraduate taught placements

We also operate a postgraduate taught placement scheme, where our business-ready graduates can apply their specialised knowledge and skills with an emphasis on project delivery and problem-solving. A postgraduate placement student can make a real impact from day one.

Why employ a postgraduate taught placement student?

Our postgraduate business students are equipped with the latest thinking and understanding of business needs across a diverse range of specialisms, including:

  • Business analytics 
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Retail marketing
  • Operations and digital supply chain.

How does the placement scheme work?

  • Placements run for three to six months
  • You can engage with our programme directors to help define your project
  • Each individual is supported by an academic tutor throughout their placement
  • We conduct an interview and selection process to help you match your business needs to the right student

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Adrian Shanks, Business Development Officer

    Lighthouse

    "We have had great success with University of Surrey students. It is truly a pleasure to see how each of them have progressed in their programme and have contributed to the success of the Club."

    The Club at Admirals Cove, Florida

    Advertise a placement opportunity

    Most undergraduate students start looking for placements in October and postgraduate taught students in July, but we are aware that industry sectors vary in their planning timetables so please feel free to contact us at any time.

    We will be happy to advertise any paid opportunities that meet our scheme requirements via our online placement list, so if you feel that you have a suitable placement opportunity then please provide us with the following information:

    • A link to your company website or information about the company
    • A job description and/or job advert
    • An overview of your recruitment process and a closing date (if appropriate).

    We would also be happy to discuss the arrangement of company presentations and interviews on campus.

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      Address
      Surrey Business School
      Rik Medlik Building
      University of Surrey
      Guildford
      Surrey
      GU2 7XH