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Access our Students

Build a talent pipeline for your organisation by recruiting our students.

Whether it is a work placement, internship or short-term project, our talent can help your business to achieve positive results.

Over the 2021/22 academic year, 1373 employers benefitted from the resource, skills and knowledge of 2411 short, professional, or year-long placement students. 63% of these roles were undertaken as a 180-day (or more) sandwich placement, almost double the percentage of those completed the year before (34% in 2020/21).

Recruiting our students has a number of benefits, including:

  • a cost-effective way to access talent
  • an opportunity to trial potential future employees
  • adding ideas, new skills and the latest knowledge into your business
  • access to specialist expertise and resources
  • a great way to raise your profile as a prospective graduate employer.

Assessed Work-Like Experience

NTU has a proud history of delivering industry-focused courses that prepare students for life beyond lectures. Since September 2022, this drive for excellence has been taken to the next level, with every new cohort of students undertaking Assessed Work-Like Experience (AWLE) as an integral part of their undergraduate course.

AWLE presents a range of routes for external stakeholders to increase their brand exposure across NTU and build a pipeline to your organisation’s future talent. This could be course-based projects or challenges, industry insights or guest lectures. The majority of our courses also offer short and medium placement opportunities, all the way through to traditional year-long sandwich placements.

If you are interested in finding out more about our work-like experience offer, please email

Your recruitment options

Short-term placements

Short-term placements are a flexible way to get student talent into your business. They represent a great opportunity to trial future employees and add extra resource for a specific project, whilst equipping students with work-based skills and experience in a professional environment.

The School of Social Sciences have a 60-hour placement route for those studying Psychology, and other short-term options across disciplines including Health and Social Care, Politics and International Relations.

Longer-term placements

Longer-term placements, of up to a year, are an effective way to attract future employees and upskill your workforce whilst giving students practical work experience. We have undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to undertake paid year in industry (sandwich) placements in their second or third year of study, starting between June and September.

Virtual placements

We understand that the working landscape has shifted, and many employers are now able to offer virtual placement opportunities. A virtual placement offers flexibility to both the student and employer, and can be completed remotely from home, by communicating through online platforms. This enables you to reach a larger pool of talent, harness digital skills and access students from various geographical locations. For further information about setting up a virtual placement, review our guide.

Our international students

Scholarships evening for international students

With more than 4,000 students from over 150 countries across the globe enrolling on courses throughout our campuses, we have a large pool of international talent that could make a real impact on your business. Equipped with language skills and knowledge of overseas business, our students possess intercultural awareness that enables them to identify new opportunities, build new contacts and achieve new commercial goals.

For further information, review the latest guidance from the International Student Employability Group (ISEG).

If you are an employer based overseas we have a dedicated team on-hand to support your journey to access NTU Talent.

Advertise for free

Our students have access to a bespoke platform, where they can explore and apply for your placement vacancies. Please get in touch with us and a member of our team will be in contact to support you in advertising your current and upcoming roles.

To find out more about how we can help you to access our talent pool, contact our team on 0115 848 2189 or email