Industrial placements - employer information
The School of Computing has a dedicated Placement Office which deals with our placement programme for both Master's and undergraduate degree programmes. We promote opportunities to the students and have good relationships with a wide range of companies.
Our undergraduate students can opt to take an industrial placement as the third year of a four year degree programme and this counts for 10% of their final degree classification. Students work for a minimum of 44 weeks. For Master's students the placement takes place at the end of their taught MSc programme and can range between 8-50 weeks.
The nature of the work that students on placement do varies considerably but, as a guide, the placement must meet a few key criteria:
- It should be full-time work – there are no prescribed hours but the role should reflect what it is like to work full-time
- It must be paid – salaries are in the range from £12k-£40k+ with most roles outside of London being paid in the £15-£19k bracket
- It should be office based – this will depend on the company and the requirements of the role but in general terms they should be office based to enable them to see how the whole business works and enable them to develop broader business skills during their placement. In reality, students sometimes make arrangements to work remotely once they are established in a company.
- The role needs to enable the student to meet the Learning Outcomes for the placement. These are general objectives but the role should involve Computing or Technology in its wider context; students take on Business Analyst, Project Management, Network Engineer or IT Support roles as well as those that require Software Development.
When students are on their placement the School’s placement officers will arrange to visit them to ensure they are making the most of the experience, are developing their skills and are meeting the requirements for their course. These visits will always be arranged in advance with the students and their manager.
How are students evaluated for their placement?
At or towards the end of the Placement the students is required to submit the following:
- A reflective journal from their year
- A portfolio with artefacts/examples of their work
- An evaluation from their Employer/Manager
- A reflective report of approximately 10,000 words (Where appropriate students will need to redact/anonymise these to protect commercial or client information).
Are there any costs for the employer?The employer will have an employment contract with the student and will pay them a salary. There are no additional costs payable to the university. The students do pay an fee for their placement – the annual figure for 2017/18 is £1,350.
What if things change or it doesn’t work out?If there are issues with performance or behaviour, the employer can terminate the student's contract in the normal way. Similarly the student can leave by giving the appropriate notice if they are unhappy. We would like to think we can work with the student and employer proactively before this type of action is necessary.
What is the timing for recruitment?Undergraduate placements start any time after the students have completed their summer exams (from June). MSc placements start a little later, in September. Students start looking for placements in the autumn term but many will be seeking roles right through until the summer. The minimum period must be completed by the start of the next academic year.
How do I go about hiring a student?You can talk to the Placement Office or just send through a job advert which can be used to promote to students on the portal we use. The recruitment process is entirely down to the recruiter but some employers elect to come to campus to present to students or to do initial interviews – the Placement Office maintain a schedule of events and will be happy to make arrangements for this.
Can international students do a placement?Yes – students with a student visa that covers their entire course (including the placement period) are able to work full-time during their placement.
Do you offer part-time work for students or summer internships?Students often work part-time alongside their studies but vacancies are managed through the Careers Service or JobShop The same is true of summer internships or short-term placements. You can also advertise any suitable vacanices to our students by emailing our employability team.
To find out more:
The Placement Office
School of Computing
University of Kent