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Employer guide to graduate placements and projects

Opportunities for engaging students and graduates in your business

Student Using Net BookWe offer employers a number of ways to engage a student or graduate on a placement, internship, project or more permanent employment, with varying levels of funding support.

We have around 11,000 students studying at the University of Cumbria (UoC) across a wide range of disciplines including business, computing, education, health, science, engineering, creative and performing arts.

What can a student or graduate bring to your company?

  • High levels of enthusiasm and motivation
  • A range of skills they have learnt from their degree experience
  • High levels of productivity
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • No pre-conceptions of what can and can’t be done
  • Fresh ideas and a new perspective

We offer opportunities to:

  • Link with courses so you can connect with students that have the qualifications that you need
  • Access advice and support on recruiting skilled students and graduates
  • Access a range of business focused projects
  • Speak to student groups at the university
  • Advertise opportunities directly to students and graduates from many universities via our on-line vacancies board
  • Attend fairs and events

Project Duration

Funding/
Contribution

Level of Support

Student Project

Variable.

No financial contribution.

Students carry out project as part of course.

Course tutor provides guidance to the student, however much of the project supervision is left to the host organisation/business.

Unite with Business placement

Student or graduate engaged to work with your business on a 20-day project.

Fully funded for SME business-to-business activity

European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) eligibility criteria apply.

UoC facilitates the recruitment by promoting the position and co-ordinating short listing and interview activity.

Once recruited, the host organisation oversees the project with access to support from the University iif needed.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub Placement (an ideal follow-on placement from Unite With Business)

Student or graduate engaged to work with your business on a 20-day project.

Part funded for SME business-to-business activity. 

Business contribution of £500 +VAT required. ERDF eligibility criteria apply.

UoC facilitates the recruitment by promoting the position and co-ordinating short listing and interview activity.

Once recruited the host organisation oversees the project, with access to support from the University if needed.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub Supported Placement

Student or graduate engaged by UOC to carry out a 15-day project, supported by an academic who will spend three days with your project.

Part funded for SME business-to-business activity.  Business contribution of £500 +VAT required. ERDF eligibility criteria apply.

UoC facilitates the recruitment by promoting the position and co-ordinating shortlisting and interview activity.

Once recruited the host organisation oversees the project, with access to support from the university if needed.

Business Placement

Student or graduate engaged to work for up to 13 weeks on a project.

Businesses are expected to contribute at least the minimum wage (+VAT).

A £700 match-funded incentive is currently available for businesses in Eden & Copeland District Council areas.

UoC administers regular payments to the student or graduate and facilitates the recruitment by promoting the position. Short listing and interviews are carried out by the business. Once recruited, the host organisation oversees the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

A Graduate is employed by UOC to work full-time on a project lasting six months to three years.

Part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board. An SME will contribute 40%of the project costs and the government will contribute 60% of the project costs.

Eligibility criteria apply.

A technical/academic expert from the University will develop a specific work plan and work with the graduate to achieve its objectives.

The technical/academic expert will visit the host company, providing consultancy and support for the equivalent to half a day per week.

The academic contribution alone is valued at over £10k per annum.

Get in touch to discuss how we might help

Tel: 01228 888731
Email: jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk