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Work placement information for employers

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Students bring enthusiasm, dedication, fresh ideas and the knowledge gained at university to your workplace.

They carry out work placements on a part-time basis (generally one or two days a week) during the academic year. They will have been encouraged to research and contact organisations to negotiate their own placement in a field or sector which is of interest to them. 

Students are expected to undertake work as close to that of regular staff as possible, with the necessary training.  We encourage organisations to give students as much responsibility as they think practical in order to make it rewarding to both the organisation and the student. 

The Centre for Workplace Learning liaise with host organisations to ensure that they understand the placement requirements. At the end of the placement students will ask their supervisors to complete a brief assessment form to evaluate the student’s performance.

This information will contribute towards the grade assigned by the tutor relating to the student’s overall performance in the workplace.

Below are some examples of work that students have undertaken in the past:

  • Marketing: increasing organisations’ social media presence (tweeting, facebook etc) web design, press releases
  • Sports development: working with clubs on the management side of running a club
  • Sports coaching: working within schools, clubs and social community projects, helping develop and deliver training sessions
  • Helping in charities on a voluntary basis: mentoring, working with clients in group sessions, helping with administration, helping organise events
  • Office based: helping with projects, research, finance and general administration responsibilities
  • Helping in schools in a teaching assistant capacity: working with small groups and individuals as well as helping with administration of classroom

For more information on student work placements please contact cwl@stmarys.ac.uk.


What employers say

I have always been very impressed with the quality of the students who have worked with us.  They have demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment, willingness to learn and have always made a valuable contribution to our work.

As Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), the Conference Collective offers a full event and association management service to our clients. As our work covers many areas of management and administration, we can offer students a great opportunity to experience what it is really like to manage a project and see certain aspects through to completion.

We have been supporting the St Mary’s University student placement programme for more than four years and I have always been very impressed with the quality of the students who have worked with us. They have demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment, willingness to learn and have always made a valuable contribution to our work. I would encourage all local employers to take advantage of this scheme. As well as contributing to the local community, your business will also benefit.

As a local employer, we feel it is very important to support St Mary's University students and to give them the opportunity to relate their learning to the reality of the work environment.  Our staff also benefit, as they develop their management and mentoring skills working with students who need guidance during their placement with us.The Conference Collective, Teddington