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Work placements

The benefits to your business

Work placements work for everyone.

Your business will benefit from new skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. In return for their hard work, students will gain valuable industry experience.

Placements help you to

  • strengthen your team without committing to a permanent contract
  • gain fresh perspectives for your business
  • complete projects without using your core resources
  • streamline your recruitment — many employers choose to hire their placement students permanently after graduation

Our dedicated support teams will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you find a placement student that suits your business, and that you get great results. Take a look at our work placement case studies to see how other businesses have benefited.

Get in touch on 0114 225 5000 to discuss your specific requirements.

How do placements work?

We can offer placements for businesses in any industry. As an applied university, we develop high-quality, work-ready candidates as an integral part of every course.

Work placements typically last for 24-48 weeks, though you can also hire students for shorter internships and other projects.

During placement, our students represent you. We make sure they are aware of their responsibilities to your business, and that they act with professionalism at all times.

By accepting a placement in your business, our students agree to

  • make a real contribution to your organisation
  • develop personal, professional and technical skills
  • work to your timescales and deadlines, while also meeting report writing requirements that are part of their studies
  • work to the terms and conditions of their employment
  • relocate to take up a whole work placement if necessary

Hear from placement employers

The employment of placement students adds considerably to the technical and cultural diversity of the company. They consistently provide innovative solutions to complex customer specifications.

Permanent staff get a great deal of satisfaction from taking part in and helping the development of students.

Honeywell Control Systems

Eli Lilly and Company have been operating a student placement programme for over 20 years, and more recently we have developed a strong relationship with Sheffield Hallam who have a proven track record for developing quality candidates.

We are always on the lookout for talented and capable individuals, so they can benefit from the crucial development opportunities on offer with "real" jobs during placements, along with the chance of a long term career in Eli Lilly and Company.

Eli Lilly

The students we have employed have the desire to learn and improve further, and quickly assert themselves as strong team players. They are not fazed by hard work, both for their own gain and for the benefit of colleagues. We have been very impressed with the students from Sheffield Hallam, and they have made it clear they are happy to be part of the team.

Cadbury Trebor Basset

A placement is the ideal opportunity for students to develop their business, personal and technical skills, enhancing both their academic study and preparing them for a future career.

Sony Computer Entertainment



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