Offering Work Experience Placements to UCB Students

It is our ambition that all UCB students benefit from a period of relevant work experience. We firmly believe that this is the most effective way for students to embed their ‘world of work’ and occupational skills whilst providing employers the fantastic opportunity to support the development of potential employees of the future.

All of our higher education courses provide either an optional or voluntary work experience placements. Some courses even have a compulsory work placement such as the 48-week paid placement on our Hospitality degree courses and our Culinary Arts degree course. In addition, all of our further education students must go out on meaningful work experience and we aim for these to be either 1 day per week for one or two terms or one or two weeks full time.

We do this because your business needs it; because the ‘lack of work experience’ closely followed by a ‘lack of soft skills’ are the biggest challenges facing employers when you try to recruit. Structured and supported work experience can overcome these challenges. Work experience can also help you promote your business and your sector, reduce your recruitment costs, provide a ‘try before you buy’ and make your business an employer of choice.

We need your help to achieve this.

Please contact either:

  • hired@ucb.ac.uk – the hired@UCB team deliver the careers, employability, placement and enterprise support for UCB students
  • Or call 0121 232 4322 and speak to Sabath Shazia, Alumni and Employer Engagement Officer.

BA (Hons) Business Enterprise student Sven snags top placement with celebrated car company

When Sven was looking for placements to complete as part of his degree, BMW was one of the first that caught his eye. But with competition for work placements incredibly competitive the prospect of applying felt daunting.  

However, with a little help from the University’s bespoke careers service, Sven was awarded a year-long logistics placement with the company’s UK headquarters in Oxfordshire. hired@UCB was able to assist Sven not only in tracking down the exact placement for him, but also through his application and interview skills.

 

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“I was initially going to go to university in Denmark, but UCB caught my eye because of the content of its Business Enterprise course and the opportunity to do a placement. My current year-long placement for BMW is focused on working on supply chain and logistics projects. UCB provided me with a huge level of support when I was seeking out work placements, from helping me to narrow down who I wanted to work for and where to improving my application skills and helping me through the interview process. A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of working away from university for a whole year, but it’s actually been invaluable to my studies and I will come back to UCB more confident than ever before, as the placement and my course complement each other perfectly.

The transferable skills I have learned throughout my time at university are endless – independence, time management, professionalism, analysis, budget handling – the list goes on. When I graduate I’d like to go straight into working for a large company like BMW or similar. I know I will get there because this degree gives me such an edge over other graduates.” 

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