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How our students help 3Squared build stronger software

Sheffield-based Software company 3Squared have 55 employees. Founders James Fox and Tim Jones are both Hallam graduates.

While at Sheffield Hallam, both James and Tim were inspired by the real-world opportunities experiences they had on placement. When they studied together during their final year, they had the expertise they needed to start a business together.

Since 2002, they’ve taken on 61 placement students. The majority of these students then work part-time in their final year before joining the 3Squared graduate scheme. It’s a cost-effective, reliable and efficient way of building a strong team.

3Squared are now investing in higher and degree apprenticeships — allowing students to learn the ropes at their business while gaining cutting-edge industry skills at Sheffield Hallam. James is even on the industry advisory board for degree apprenticeships, giving him direct input into course content.

They say

“We took on our first Degree Apprentice last year, we think this has a good strategic advantage as we are incorporating the new team member from the start, they get the best of both worlds and experience from both SHU/3Squared. 


I am also chair of SHU’s Computing Department Industrial Advisory Board – chairing quarterly meetings to feedback on the degree apprenticeships and any amendments to the course”

James Fox — founder and managing director, 3Squared

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