NTU Work Inspiration Scheme
The NTU Work Inspiration Scheme offers students high quality, meaningful work experience placements. It has clear learning outcomes, gained through practical work-based activities and an opportunity to see 'behind the scenes' at our institution. The scheme engages students and helps to develop key skills, strengthening their ability to engage with work, higher education and beyond.
Placements delivered through the NTU Work Inspiration Scheme are free of charge and scheduled throughout the year. All students receive support before, during and after the placement and there is a particular focus on skills development.
How to apply
The scheme is delivered as part of our widening participation initiative. Applicants must be aged 16 or above and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- be studying a vocational course such as BTEC or an NVQ
- be in receipt of the 16 – 19 bursary
- have had their studies disrupted by circumstances outside of their control
- have been eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years
- have a disability
- have experience of living in Local Authority Care
- reside in a neighbourhood with low rates of progression to university
- be a mature student (aged 21 or over) and in full time education.
Our work experience placements are very popular. To increase your students’ chances of obtaining a placement, we recommend they apply for the NTU Progression scheme, as priority is given to those enrolled on this programme. NTU Progression is a free scheme which offers access to our library, academic support and a taste of university life. All of your students are welcome to apply for a work placement, whether or not they are enrolled on NTU Progression.
We offer work placements in a variety of different fields, including catering, estate management, languages and student support. Please see below for examples of our previous placements.
If your students are interested in finding out more about the NTU Work Inspiration Scheme they can register their interest by emailing email@example.com.
If you have any questions relating to work experience, please get in touch.
Please note that applications for the NTU Work Inspiration Scheme for the 2021/22 academic year are now closed. We will begin taking applications again in September 2022.
Examples of previous work experience opportunities
Animal Unit Assistant (Brackenhurst Campus)
Assisting in the day-to-day running of the Animal Unit, students will gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an Animal Technician. The principal duties and responsibilities will include cleaning out, handling, feeding and all other related animal unit activities under direct supervision of the Animal Unit Manager or a delegated full time Animal Technician. Students will also shadow the Animal Unit Manager or delegated Animal Technician in their daily work to observe their role and responsibilities.
Astronomy and Science Outreach Assistant (Clifton Campus)
Opportunities are available for students to carry out activities linked to academic courses such as astronomy. Students could expect to gain experience in working in the Observatory and taking part in observation, analysing astronomical data, undertaking lab work, designing practical astronomy and science activities for use in schools, organising and presenting activities to school groups, preparation of equipment and materials and administrative and lab based work.
Please note this placement is not available during Nottinghamshire school holidays.
Catering and Hospitality Assistant (City and Clifton Campuses)
This placement is an opportunity to learn all about the Catering Services department at Nottingham Trent University. During this placement, you will be involved in food production in the kitchen, delivery of hospitality orders, customer service in our outlets and working behind the scenes in a busy office setting. The placement will also allow an insight into the importance of health and safety, food safety and hygiene procedures.
Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ) (City Campus)
CBJ supports NTU’s broadcasting journalism students in the areas of TV, radio and online production. A work experience student in this area will be involved in: Technical engineering relating to broadcasting and online web creation, assisting broadcast engineers with TV, radio, studio and online production. Gaining an overview of TV production, assisting with repairs and maintenance of equipment. Dealing with broadcast IT infrastructure and providing day-to-day support to students on the broadcasting journalism course.
This placement is only available in February, March and April.
Employability and Enterprise (E&E) (City Campus)
During a placement with E&E students will work as part of a team in an office environment, dealing with general administrative tasks. Students can expect to gain experience of attending meetings, preparing materials, making arrangements and ordering resources for E&E activities and events. Students may liaise with employers re. events as well as arrange and shadow at meetings with students to give employment and application advice for 12 month placements.
This placement is only available in June.
Employability Team (Student Facing) Administrative Assistant (City Campus)
Students working with the Employability Team will be able to experience what it is like behind the scenes supporting university students with career guidance and helping them to find placements as part of their degree / graduate positions upon graduation. The student will be attending meetings, developing resources for use by students and preparing materials. They will also be able to see CV and application advice given to students and shadow at meetings with students to give employment and application advice. Students may have opportunity to travel to our other Employment Centres at Clifton and Brackenhurst Campuses as part of their work experience.
Equestrian Centre Technician (Brackenhurst Campus)
Students will be assisting in the day-to-day running of the Equestrian Unit to gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an Equine Technician. The principal duties and responsibilities include mucking out, grooming, tacking up, rugging up, tack cleaning, filling hay nets and feeding and all other related yard activities under direct supervision of the Yard Manager or a delegated full time Equine Technician. Students will also be able to shadow the Yard Manager or delegated Equine Technician in their daily work to observe their role and responsibilities.
Due to the level of supervision required it is essential that you have at least basic horse handling skills and experience, there is no guarantee of riding even if you have riding experience.
Finance Assistant (City Campus)
Students will learn about a wide variety of finance related tasks including Excel skills for reporting, production of reports for budget holders, invoicing and organising departmental records to ensure internal and external audit requirements are met. Students will gain experience of various finance systems, including Cognos for information reporting.
Finance and Purchasing Assistant (City Campus)
Students will learn about a wide variety of finance and purchasing related tasks including the tendering process, how we protect the university, how we pay invoices and order goods and the systems we use to do these tasks. Students will undertake various purchasing tasks and can expect to gain experience in equality questionnaire scoring, e-tendering processes, finance systems, web updates, legal governance, data protection and invoicing.
Information Assistant (Libraries and Learning Resources) (City and Clifton Campus)
Students will receive an overview of the work of an academic library. There will be an opportunity to gain experience in customer service, graphics, communications and information technology and to talk to senior staff about their role within Libraries and Learning Resources.
Marketing Assistant – International Development Office (IDO) (City Campus)
Supporting the International Marketing Team in their delivery of international marketing. Particularly focusing on researching competitor universities and the differences and similarities in their online marketing approach. This work will be presented to the IDO team during the week. In addition, supporting the team by creating a student profile working with an international student at NTU, writing and editing this profile for an international audience. During the placement, the student will gain experience working in an office environment and dealing with administrative tasks. They will work as part of an enthusiastic team and also work on tasks independently. They will use Power Point, Word or similar to capture and present their work.
Nottingham Business School, Administrative Assistant (City Campus)
During a placement with Nottingham Business School (NBS), students will provide administrative support to a team within the department; this may include some or all of the following: reception duties, filing, data entry, photocopying, diary management, general clerical and admin duties, telephone enquiries and incoming mail delivery. The object is to offer those interested in a career in Business, or Higher Education Administration an insight into what that involves. This placement is also ideal for those hoping to study Business at University.
Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (City Campus)
During a placement with the Occupational Health and Safety Team, a student can expect to gain both an understanding and practical experience of working in a diverse environment, including workshops, offices and external environments, understanding how work activities can both enhance the wellbeing of staff and harm them if risks are not properly managed. Learn how effective management of risks can add-value to an organisation, using instruments to measure hazard exposure within a work environment.
The placement will offer the opportunity to undertake a short workplace project that will involve taking noise measurements, recording results and then using Microsoft Office to create a database of the results obtained. Finally, there will be an opportunity to provide a short briefing to management of the findings.
Product Design Workshop Technician (City Campus)
Opportunities exist for pupils to carry out project-based activities related to processes linked to academic courses including, product design, computer-aided design packages, rapid prototyping, use of laser technology, electronic and robotics, manufacturing processes, construction-related science applications and use of instruments to take surveying measurements and architectural modelling.
School of Social Sciences, Administrative Assistant (City Campus)
During a placement with the School of Social Sciences, students will provide administrative support to a team within the department; this may include some or all of the following: reception duties, filing, data entry, photocopying, diary management, general clerical and admin duties, telephone enquiries and incoming mail delivery. The object is to offer those interested in a career in Higher Education Administration an insight into what that involves.
Sports Facilities Assistant (Clifton Campus)
During a placement with the Sport and Lifestyle Department students can expect to gain experience of working in the sports facilities at the Clifton Campus, assisting with bookings and events, setting-up of sports equipment and managing the reception point. Students will also shadow the duty managers and the sports development office and have an opportunity to learn more about how the British Universities Colleges Sports (BUCS) fixtures work. There may also be an opportunity to spend some time at the City sports facilities.
Student Support Services Administrative Assistant (City Campus)
During a placement with Student Support Services (SSS) students can expect to gain experience in developing resources for students, preparing materials, making arrangements and ordering resources for activities and events, helping to deliver activities to students on campus and administrative work including filing, scanning, maintaining equipment and archiving.
Student and Community Engagement Assistant (City Campus)
Nottingham Trent University offers a range of programmes for schools and colleges, to help high achieving pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds access and succeed at university. The Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE)coordinates these programmes. During a placement with CenSCE, students will be given an overview of all the different teams within the department and will gain experience working in a busy and dynamic environment. Students will choose from one of the specific functional areas below and will spend the majority of their time based within that team. Opportunities include:
- Data, Research and Communications
- Outreach & Schools Liaison
- Progression Team
- Volunteering & Students in Classrooms
Find out more about what previous work experience students have been up to on our blog.