Bournemouth University (BU) has always focused on blending vocational with academic learning. The opportunity to go on placement as part of the course is a key aspect of studying
“The extra year of experience and learning about events really stands students in much better stead to come into the work place and have a real understanding of what they are going to be doing. For us it’s great because they only go back to uni for one year and potentially they could come back and work for us.”
Simon Mitchell, Managing Director,
Placements give students a head start when it comes to planning their future career. The duration depends on the student and the course but BU uses ‘my career hub’ to advertise hundreds of placements each year.
Central to the success of such a large placements programme is the structure in place to support students and employers throughout the process. A team of employability coordinators, based within each school, have access to placement opportunities and conduct seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions with students. Placement development advisors support students while they are out on long placements and also support managers to ensure they are able to structure the placement and support the student appropriately.
Both employers and students benefit from the placement year being the third of a four year degree course. The university and other students also benefit from the employer relationships built up through placements with employers giving talks, presenting at jobs fairs and taking part in mock assessment days open to all BU students. Each of these affords a valuable opportunity for students to build contacts and to get a taste of the different career opportunities available to them.
To find out more, visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk