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Work placements

Gain time, talent, and skills

Is your business buzzing with ideas but needing an injection of time, talent and skills?

Gain fresh thinking and new expertise by offering a work placement to our students. They can help you plan and deliver a specific project and provide specialist skills and knowledge. Essex students are taught to explore, question, challenge and think differently. They can bring fresh ideas to your business, whether for a year's placement or a short-term project.

How it works

What is a placement?

A placement is a period of supervised, professional work experience, assessed as part of a student's course.

Students undertake placements that allow them to apply what they have learnt at university practically in the workplace. A successful placement will:

  1. provide a learning and development opportunity for our students, with tasks that are of a junior professional level
  2. enable our students to assume an appropriate level of responsibility
  3. integrate the student effectively into your project or team


Undergraduate placements can last from a few weeks to a year (for those students taking four year degrees which include a placement year). The timings vary, but those of less than twelve months typically take place during our Christmas, Easter and summer vacations.

Benefits for your business

  • Cost-effective additional resource.
  • High quality resource - students with specific knowledge and skills relevant to your business.
  • Get an injection of new expertise, to assist on a specific project or provide specialist skills and knowledge.
  • Improve your future recruitment by raising your profile among the next generation of graduates.


Interested in other options? Offer a student or graduate an internship.

Get in touch
Placements and Work-Based Learning Team