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Upcoming open days

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Saturday 20 September 2014 (booking now)
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What is frontrunners?

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Watch our videos to hear students talk about what they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. Frontrunners supervisors and a careers advisor also reveal what students should look out for when applying for placements.

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; 20 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 directly to their placement experience. Have a look at our success stories for further details.

Applications open for students

We are not currently advertisting any frontrunners placements.

Applications for staff

We are currently accepting staff applications to have a frontrunner start in the Spring Term 2014-15. We have funding available for 30 frontrunner level placements and 15 frontrunner Plus placements. The closing date to receive staff applications is Monday 13 October at 12pm (noon).

“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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