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As part of Oxford Brookes Business School, the Work and Voluntary Experience Services team (WAVES) aims to develop positive links with employers. Every year we have a new cohort of students eager to take up the opportunity to immerse themselves within the world of business. Through year-long work placements students demonstrate how their theoretical knowledge can bring new, innovative ideas and skills to the workplace.
Every year, employers praise the intelligence, enthusiasm and professionalism of Oxford Brookes Business School work placement students. Organisations have seen real benefits to their business. As well as theoretical knowledge, work placement students bring fresh enthusiasm to your organisation, and they’re eager to learn.
Benefits to you
A key feature of all our undergraduate programmes is the opportunity to spend a year (minimum of 48 weeks) in industry through our work placement scheme. Our undergraduate students are available for full-time work placements from May/June each year.
Studying courses in one or more subjects including Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business, Management, Marketing or Events, students gain invaluable transferable skills and attributes such as:
After one year of taught full-time study, our Postgraduate Marketing & Events students are encouraged to take up the option of a 48-52 week placement starting in early October. There may be some students who would be prepared to start on a part-time basis (up to 20 hours/week) before then and several of our new employers have taken up this option.
The students bring practical, real-world marketing and events-related skills, with modules in understanding customer behaviour and digital and social media marketing strategy. Their MSc courses include: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Marketing & Brand Management, International Luxury Marketing and International Events Management.
Benefits to you:
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management prides itself on its strong relationships with hospitality, events and tourism organisations. Top employers seek out our graduates and our alumni have highly successful careers.
The placements team offers advice, informs employers of available students and assists with their preparation for employment.
The work experience module is optional but strongly recommended for hospitality students who want to develop industry experience. It is a great opportunity to put what they have learnt into practice.
Our undergraduate students must be placed for a minimum of 40 weeks starting their role in May/June.
Companies that regularly provide work placement opportunities to our students include:
Our postgraduate students are required to be in a work placement for a minimum of 48 weeks but with the experience of having already completed a degree (not necessarily in hospitality), they are clearer as to their choice of career and are more likely to have had previous work experience.
Postgraduate Students - the benefits to you:
If you have a placement opportunity we can assist you in advertising the role(s) to our students. Please contact the Placements team by email email@example.com, or alternatively give us a call on 01865 485950.
The Placements team facilitates the interaction between businesses and our students to ensure successful placements by:
View our full work placement policy.
Should you want to proceed with offering a placement to a student, our interactive CRM portal takes you through the registration process. We require all placement employers to provide the following:
Access the CRM portal to start the process and view our Employer Responsibilities.
For more information about providing a work placement for a student please contact the Work and Voluntary Experience Services (WAVES) team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 485950.
If you are not in a position to offer a full work placement opportunity there are other ways you can work with our students: