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Placements for students and graduates

The Business Placements Service (BPS) addresses the issue of preparing students and graduates for the world of work by providing you with the skills and experience to make a real difference to your employer’s business from the first day you start work with them.

What is the Business Placements Service?

The University of Cumbria Business School organises undergraduate and graduate placements of between 2 to 13 weeks (part-time or full-time) in local companies in Cumbria and surrounding regions for students and graduates from any UK College or University.

What would I be expected to do?

The work would be a project based placement which will focus on a particular issue that the company has to resolve. The type of work available depends very much on the type/needs of the company. Past projects have included working on the development of websites, re-designing marketing material, streamlining working processes and undertaking research.

A case study

Unite with Business can make a positive impact on your chances of graduate-level employment.

Through Unite with Business Kieran Cheetham worked with Re-Think Development, based near Kendal, a company which provides educational training events and needed a website to promote a new activity, Re-Think Outdoor Training. He spent 20 days working on the project, fitting the work around his studies.

Kieran applied for the role after seeing it on the Business Placements Service vacancy page. All Unite with Business projects are paid.

He says: "Although primarily working as a website developer, I have also gained valuable experience in real-world business environments and a behind-the-scenes look at how companies are run. I have been able to liaise with management in order to gain feedback on my work, allowing me to further enhance it."


All final year students and any graduates in the North West can apply for this programme. For further information contact the Business Placements Service team on 01228 888731 or email jobsandplacements@cumbria.ac.uk

What would I be paid?

There is no fixed weekly allowance, companies can decide what they want to offer but we urge companies to offer an allowance that will help to attract good quality candidates.

Why should I participate?

Placements are invaluable in giving you an advantage over other students/graduates. 

The experience you gain during these placements can include business specific experience using the skills you have learned during your studies as well as transferable skills such as communication, team working, time management and organisational skills amongst many others. 

It also gives you a chance to try working for a particular type of company or in a particular environment before committing yourself to it in the long-term.

How do I get to hear about any vacancies?

The most important thing to do is to register your details with us to receive our weekly newsletter. 

You can also:

  • look at our current vacancies
  • search for vacancies and prospective employers through Prospects
  • keep an eye on the job information points on campus
    • at Fusehill Street in Blencathra building by the HR Office
    • at Fusehill Street in Skiddaw building by the canteen
    • at Lancaster in the Humanities building foyer

If you are a student at the University of Cumbria you may also be targeted directly with details of any vacancies that are relevant to your degree course. We gain this information from the University of Cumbria student database.

If you are not a University of Cumbria student or graduate, you are welcome to register your details on our database. 

How do I apply for vacancies notified to the Business Placements Service?

Applications are collected by the BPS Project Officer and assessed for their suitability before being forwarded on to the companies.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are an undergraduate (any year), postgraduate or graduate of any discipline from any UK college or university. Just register your details and we will email vacancies to you.

Contact Us

European Regional Development Fund

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