Placements

York is committed to supporting all students to take up substantive work experience opportunities. Through York’s new Placement Year option (launched 2017/18) and existing Department Year In Industry programmes, the majority of our students now have the opportunity to pursue a placement as part of their degree, offering employers the chance to recruit student talent from a breadth of disciplines.

We are keen to work with local, national and international employers who need to access talent and skills that can be adapted into placement year opportunities.  The University can support the process of shaping the scope of placements, recruitment, shortlisting and suitable forms of agreement. For organisations that have their own recruitment process, we can advertise your opportunities free of charge through our online portal.

Please read through the following information and we look forward to discussing the possibilities with you, careers-placements@york.ac.uk.

Benefits

Benefits to your business:

  • Recruit from a wide range of student talent from across all of our world class academic Departments
  • Engage the skills, enthusiasm and cutting edge thinking of a York student for up to 12 months
  • Provides a strong pipeline for your graduate recruitment
  • Offers a cost effective, low risk solution for your business needs
  • Peace of mind of employing quality and well supported students
  • Promotes your organisational values and culture to the graduate market

“Recruiters have confirmed that 32% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations” – The Graduate Market 2016, High Fliers Research Ltd

Placement Year

The majority of Departments at York now offer the opportunity for their students to undertake a year in employment, either through a Department led Year In Industry Programme or the Careers and Placements Placement Year programme. If you are interested in recruiting a placement student, please email careers-placements@york.ac.uk and we can advise you on the best option to suit your needs. We also offer support with shorter term placements through our Internship Bureau.

Placement Year

  • This option is run by Careers and Placements.  Your placement roles will be open to all Undergraduate and Integrated Masters students from a wide range of Departments such as Psychology, History and Maths. The role must be challenging and prepare students for graduate level roles, however is not required to directly relate to a student’s subject of study, offering flexibility to students and employers.
  • Students would apply for the role in their 2nd year and undertake the placement in their 3rd year, returning for their final year of study in their 4th year.
  • The Placement Year is assessed and the student would be required to write a reflective report and complete a learning log outside of their working day.
  • The student will be supervised by a member of the Careers team for the duration of their placement offering the student and employer a dedicated contact during the placement. The Supervisor will make at least one site visit during the placement.
  • You will have a dedicated contact within the Careers team to liaise with throughout the process.

To discuss your recruitment needs email careers-placements@york.ac.uk

Year in Industry

The majority of Departments at York now offer the opportunity for their students to undertake a year in employment, either through a Department led Year In Industry Programme or the Careers and Placements Placement Year programme. If you are interested in recruiting a placement student, please email careers-placements@york.ac.uk and we can advise you on the best option to suit your needs. We also offer support with shorter term placements through our Internship Bureau.

Year in Industry

  • These are existing programmes within our Science, Politics and Management Departments and offer you the opportunity to recruit students keen to apply their subject knowledge and skills. Roles for students on a Year In Industry should relate closely to their degree discipline.
  • Most of these programmes are between 2nd & 3rd year, with some Departments offering it at the end of the 3rd year.
  • The Year In Industry will be assessed according to the Department’s criteria.
  • The student will be supervised by an academic colleague within the Department offering you and the student a dedicated contact for the duration of the placement. The Supervisor will be required to make at least one site visit during the placement.
  • Each Department offering placements has a dedicated Coordinator and to discuss the Year In Industry offer in more detail you can contact them directly. Contact details can be found online here.

Recruitment support

We are here to make the process of recruiting a placement student as simple as possible so please do get in touch if we can support you in any of the following ways:

  • Project scoping
  • Advertising
    • Once your placement role is finalised, we can advertise through our free online portal.
    • We recommend advertising in autumn term for the following summer.
  • Shortlisting
    • We can shortlist the most suitable candidates and send CVs and applications for you to review.
  • Interviews
    • We can help arrange your interviews and will support with offering feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
    • Recruitment must be finalised by 31 May for students to start in June/July/August.
  • Paperwork
    • If you are unable to arrange contracts directly, we can provide appropriate forms of agreement.
    • You will be required to sign and return out Placement Year Service Level Agreement prior to a student's start date.
  • Salary
    • You would be required to pay the student at least National Minimum Wage, which is currently £7.38/hour. More specialist, technical roles are likely to require a higher salary.

On Placement support

A placement is aimed at providing our students with real life experience of professional, full time work; therefore we encourage students to use initiative and take responsibility in coming forward with any issues. Should any queries arise during a placement, you can expect to have full support from Careers and Placements, and be safe in the knowledge that we are on hand for queries you or a student may have.

  • Key contacts
    • You and the student will be assigned a key contact for the duration of the placement, offering support as and when needed.
    • We will be on hand Monday - Friday to answer any queries.
  • Visits and contact
    • We will visit you and the student to see how the placement is going and answer any queries.
    • We will call the student periodically to keep in touch.
  • Assessment guidance and Placement evaluation
    • We offer guidance for the student to complete their assessment (learning log and reflective report).
    • We will request your feedback and evaluation of the experience as a whole.

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