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Employing a student on a placement

We have been impressed with the professionalism of Aston students and their focus. Alice Brown, Deloitte

Employ a placement student

You can tell it's an Aston student when they start talking about their experience on placement year.  Jo Lopes, Jaguar Land Rover

A placement student is an affordable recruitment solution for your business. Aston work with organisations of all sizes, across all sectors, most of whom have enjoyed the benefits of taking a student on, and many companies go on to employ a succession of placement students year on year. Find out more about the services we offer for employers.

11 reasons to employ a placement student

  • A flexible low-cost recruitment solution for up to 12 months
  • An enthusiastic and fresh approach to your business needs
  • An excellent solution if your business has a short term project or perhaps a maternity leave to cover
  • Specific skills and knowledge that can benefit your business
  • The opportunity to devote time to a project which you have not had the resource to do
  • The opportunity for your staff to gain experience in supervising or mentoring a student.
  • As the commitment is short term there are no long term overheads or expensive recruitment fees
  • An opportunity to get a head start on recruiting the best new graduates for your company
  • Creating effective links with Aston University will benefit your business now and in the future
  • Opportunities for graduate projects, as and when your business needs them
  • There are no recruitment costs to you

At Aston we recognise that enhancing our students‘ employability is key to this success which is why we strongly encourage our students to take a placement year, whether this be in industry or the professions in the UK, or studying abroad to gain other relevant work experience. Aston is one of only four universities in the UK where over 50% of students undertake an integrated placement year as part of their studies.

Aston University is a long term partner of CGI, and previously Logica, and has consistently provided confident, commercially aware and enthusiastic industrial placement students who have gone on to make a very positive impression in the business. Alexandra Sinton from Logica (CGI)

Employing a placement student

You can advertise your placement opportunity free of charge with us. 
The recruitment process is as follows:

  • Place your advert online via Aston Futures; your one-stop jobs portal
  • Choose the application process and the student applies direct to you
  • We provide a comprehensive support programme throughout the entire placement for both employer and student
  • Students can start a 12 month placement between late June to September and are available for the full 12 months
  • Aston University have dedicated Placements Coordinators for each school of study, who are on hand for advice and support throughout the year. 
  • Each student has a personal Placement Tutor who will visit and support them as they undertake their placement year

Our team are on hand to answer any of your questions and discuss your impending recruitment needs, contact us at 
employerteam@aston.ac.uk or call us on 0121 204 5299.

Advertise your placement

Advertise your placement

Create an account on Aston Futures and advertise your placement opportunities directly to Aston Students

Placement Scheme Case Study

Placement Scheme Case Study

St Giles Hospice has been recruiting Aston placement students since 2005 and are very happy with the results

Who employs Aston students?

Who employs Aston students?

Aston students are on placement in a wide variety of industries with employers praising their "excellent academic records, good teamwork and communication skills"

Professional Business Development - Aston MBA

Professional Business Development - Aston MBA

Are you looking to develop your or an employee's business acumen? The Aston MBA is a world class business qualification recognised for its rigour and prestige