Business

Working together for excellence

We work with a diverse range of businesses and organisations, providing access to student talent, delivering excellent industry links and accreditations and access to our state-of-the-art, industry level facilities 

Our students are powerhouses of knowledge, talent and skills. Working in partnership with businesses, we deliver placement and graduate opportunities that support in business enhancement and growth. We also support businesses with a range of apprenticeship programmes, supporting in upskilling and reskilling their workforce to meet the changing needs of industry.  

Businesses regularly engage with the University on a variety of projects and our development of our programmes, designed to shape the future of education and training in our region. To find out more about industry partnerships and working with University College Birmingham contact the team 

Our Strategic Employer Advisory Board meets and engages throughout the year to bring industry expertise and focus on enhancing our University experience and links to ensure our students are industry-ready. Find out more. 

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Speak to a member of the HIRED team:

"We look forward to exploring even more opportunities with the region’s SMEs, major companies and corporations, organisations and industry bodies in a bid to increase students’ employability, help to bridge the skills gap and further strengthen the future economy.”

Michael Harkin Vice-chancellor and Principal

Over 2000
placements

Around 1000
employer links

Over 700
apprentices

Student placements 

We work with more than 1,000 employers to provide placements for our students, enabling them to gain vital real-work experience. 

Crucially, by becoming one of our employers, you tap into fresh perspective from creative, young minds and benefit from the growing skill sets and professionalism we instill in our students. 

All of our students complete placement readiness sessions, that include topics such as, health and safety, safeguarding, in work etiquette, as well as industry specific information. These will be completed prior to starting their placement. 

College placements 

Placements range from 70 hours up to 750 hours as each course has its own different requirements. The structure of each student’s placement will be discussed with you before its commencement, so you are aware of their individual needs. Find out more in our employer handbook. 

University placements 

Placements range from day release, block or year-long models and can be paid or unpaid. The team will support with your preferred selection process and provide ongoing assistance during the placement period. 

For more detailed information, please contact hired@ucb.ac.uk  

Business students at University College Birmingham

Apprenticeships

We help businesses to navigate the world of apprenticeships, from funding to finding the right qualification for your workforce.

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£ 1000

funding for 16-18 year old new apprentices

£ 3000

bursary for care leaver apprentices and £1000 for the employer

Student Hired

Graduate and student employment

If you have a recruitment need for a graduate scheme/job or are looking to fill part or full-time vacancies, then we can help. You can contact us or register on our employability portalThe portal allows you to post jobs directly to our students. 

We are constantly looking for employers to attend our careers fairs, events and inspire students by being a guest speaker. For more information, please contact the team.

Venue hire and conferencing

We have invested £160 million into our facilities since 2014 and businesses and organisations from all industry sectors make the most of this.

From the likes of Michel Roux Jr using our incredible training kitchens for his annual scholarship contest to sports professionals tapping into our cutting-edge new strength and conditioning suite and airlines using our replica plane cabin to train new recruits, we have facilities to benefit you.

We also have excellent conference room and meeting rooms that make a fantastic backdrop for events and functions, as recommended by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.

Explore our facilities for hire

Getting entrepreneurs off the ground

The Hive Network, a part of Enterprise Hive, our service dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, is a professional network from our Business School and helps businesses connect, offers support and has helped hundreds of companies grow.

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