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Saturday 20 June 2015 (booking opens 24 Apr)
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What is frontrunners?

frontrunners videos

Watch our students who have undertaken frontrunners placements talk about what they enjoyed, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. A frontrunners supervisor also reveals what he looks for when shortlisting applicants.

Frontrunners is the University’s unique placement scheme which gives students the opportunity to undertake challenging employment around campus and develop the higher-level skills they need to compete for the best jobs. The scheme is open to all University of Essex students, and offers paid, on-placement training.

There are two levels: frontrunners and frontrunners Plus. Placements are between one and three terms long, and up to 8 hours per week during term-time and Christmas and Easter; 18 hours per week over the summer. Frontrunners also supports students in developing their ability to reflect on and articulate the skills they have acquired. Many frontrunners have gone on to work in specialist areas after graduation which relate to their placement experience. Have a look at our success stories for further details.

Applications open for students

We are currently re-advertising a small number of summer placements to start on 29 June. The deadline to apply is Friday 24 April 2015 at 12pm (noon).

Applications for staff

We are not currently accepting staff applications. The next application round will be for staff to have a frontrunner starting in the Spring Term 2015-16.

“My frontrunner role came with real responsibility and the opportunity to achieve very tangible outcomes. Its structure also maximised the skill-building and development opportunities, giving it an edge over most other internships I could have taken."
Michael Prempeh

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