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Taking on Trent Talent

Have you ever considered taking on a placement student from university to work within your organisation? Perhaps you have but aren’t sure about timeframes? Maybe you are concerned by any potential costs involved? Or quite simply, room could be an issue? This handy guide to taking on a placement student from Nottingham Trent University will answer your questions.

Trent Talent

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has a number of students that can make a positive impact on your business - statistically, we are one of the largest universities in the country in terms of students taking on placement opportunities.

During the 2020/21 academic year, we have placed just under 1000 students, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, we have been accredited with the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award and won University of Year 2019 in the inaugural Guardian University Awards.

What is a placement student?

You may well be reading this thinking, ‘what is a placement student?’ In a nutshell, a placement student is anyone studying at university that spends a period of time working within your business. Ideally, this placement should be related to the student's course. There are varying time-periods over which this work can be completed, with students embarking on their placements at different times over the academic year.

Research indicates that students embarking on a placement achieve higher grades and ultimately improved career prospects.

Let us ease your concerns, inform you on how taking on our talent can make positive impact in your workforce and how we can help find you the correct personnel:

Bridge the skills gap

Taking on a placement student is a brilliant way for your business to benefit from new skills. Having access to the latest equipment during their studies means that many of our students have up-to-date, transferable knowledge, are tech-savvy and could just possess the talent needed to provide extra revenue to your team.

The placement experience has been another great success. Our student has become an integral part of the business

McGee Group

Take on new ideas

All businesses should be open to welcoming new thoughts and practices. Our talent can give you a different way of thinking that may well give you the final piece of a particular puzzle or open the doors to new, profitable consumers.

Tailored time-periods

At NTU, we have students actively searching for work experience from varying degree courses.  Many of our students are required to complete a year-long sandwich placement as part of their studies. We can also offer both short and long-term recruitment options, ranging from 30 hours to over 36 weeks, in order for you to receive assistance for as long as is needed. These opportunities can be offered in fixed-periods across the duration of the term.

Our student has the maturity and business acumen of someone far beyond her years. We’ve been so impressed by her that she is also working for us on a part-time basis whilst she finishes her degree and have already offered her a role upon completion of her degree.

Retail Assist

Thao Desk

Virtual Internships

Another alternative is students working for your business remotely. As digitisation and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to revolutionise the way that many companies operate, we are pleased to be able to offer virtual internships, with many success stories ongoing during the 2020/21 academic year.

This enables students to complete tasks remotely online, perfect for social media campaigns, market research and much more. Plus, this eliminates the need to find room and resources in your office!

Free Advertising

Worried about potentially footing a cost for advertising your vacancies? Fear not, as you can promote your opportunities free of charge on our online jobs portal, FutureHub. We can also advertise your roles through other platforms, ensuring that the most relevant students can express their interest in your available position(s).

If you would like to enquire about taking on a placement student from Nottingham Trent University, please contact and a member of our team will be very pleased to discuss your options further. The NTU Employability Team is always on hand to support you with your attraction, selection and retention methods for all of your recruitment needs.

We look forward to hearing from you!