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Student placements, internships, Pitch It! and consultancy projects to support your organisation

Student Placement Scheme – ‘Year-in-Industry’

What is it?

Also known as a professional work placement or internship, the ‘Year-in-Industry’ programme is an opportunity for your organisation to apply fresh,new talent to your business, to trial potential new recruitsand flexibly resource one-year business projects.  
Students begin their search for positions in the September of their second year. Work placements commence at the end of the second year of study between June and October.

The placement is:

  • Full-time for a minimum period of 44 weeks
  • A paid position, formally contracted with a job specification
  • Professionally supervised with at least an informal appraisal process
  • An opportunity for students to become fully-integrated into the employer’s organisation, dealing with appropriate business issues. It can be rotational across a number of business functions, but this is not compulsory.

Benefits to you as an Employer

  • New ideas and innovative approaches to organisational issues
  • Specialised knowledge
  • Flexibility in resourcing short/medium term projects
  • The opportunity to trial potential new recruits
  • A supervisory development opportunity for your staff.

KBS Support
Within the first three months of the placement, progress will be reviewed via telephone contact and a representative from the Business School will later visit the student and meet with the student’s supervisor. Students undertaking an international placement will receive a Skype call instead of a visit.

Costs and advertising

  • Typical salary range: £14-17K
  • Placement opportunities can be advertised by the Business School.

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Our students can add real value to your organisation through:

  • New ideas and innovative approaches to organisational issues
  • Specialised knowledge
  • Flexibility in resourcing short/medium term projects
  • The opportunity to trial potential new recruits
  • Allowing you to engage with and influence graduate education
  • An opportunity for you to clearly demonstrate your community engagement

The placement will be a formally contracted position with a job specification, and provide an opportunity for the student to become fully integrated into the organisation.

How will your company benefit?

  • Students have a good range of technical and non-technical skills to offer employers
  • Placements can strengthen links between business and academia and can lead to research collaboration
  • Assessing performance and suitability over a long period prior to graduation is an effective way to recruit graduates
  • Students can often bring “new blood” to an organisation, with new ideas/outlooks and ways of working
  • Raising your company’s profile and reputation amongst the student population
  • Existing employees can develop managerial skills and benefit from knowledge transfer

Key information

  • Salary: £14-17K
  • Duration: 44 weeks min. [between June (Yr0) to September (Yr+1)]
    Student groups: 3rd year Undergraduates (prior to final year of study)
  • Deliverables: Additional team member with experience and insight into contemporary organisational and management issues

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In-Company Student Consultancy Project

What is it?

An in-company student consultancy project offers you the opportunity to bring new expertise into your organisation through a short-term project that runs during June-August.

The project is delivered by one of our high-calibre MSc students specially selected to meet your needs and is overseen by their academic tutor. Once a project is defined, the student will be available for a day a month between March-May to visit your organisation, gather information, and meet your colleagues and project plan.

During the summer months the student is sited within your organisation to implement the project.

Areas on offer

We currently offer the project in:

  • Business Analytics
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Projects can cover a range of areas including marketing, consumer research, new product development, data analysis, optimisation, forecasting, and project management and decision analysis. For example, data analysis could be used to predict future events and behaviour in order to trigger targeted market campaigns, guide sales activities, advance core business capacity, improve product manufacturing and optimize operations.

The scheme is open to all companies regardless of size, sector, or location.

Any costs?

Other than payment of direct costs incurred by the student (i.e. travel expenses or costs associated with market research), there are no direct financial costs involved.

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MBA Consultancy Projects

We also offer organisations seeking innovative solutions to business issues the opportunity to work with our MBA students over the course of a week to research, analyse and present recommendations for business / function improvement.

We invite you to meet the MBA teams and discuss your business challenge. Working in small teams, our students develop recommendations, provide you with a report and invite you back to hear their suggestions.

Topics covered and costs

Projects can cover a range of Business & Management areas including Marketing, International Business, Supply Chains, Strategy, Finance, Business Modelling, Innovation and Human Resources. The MBA Consultancy Project, part of MBA Consultancy Week, which takes place in March each year.

The MBA Consultancy Project is offered free.

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MBA Summer Business Projects

Topics covered and costs

An MBA Summer Business project offers you the opportunity to bring new expertise into your organisation through a short-term project that runs during April-August.

The project is delivered by one of our high-calibre MBA students specially selected to meet your needs and is overseen by their academic tutor. Once a project is defined, the student will be available for a day a month between April-August to visit your organisation, gather information, meet your colleagues and project plan.

One day a month, the MBA student is sited within your organisation to implement the project and provide you with further recommendations.

Projects can cover a range of Business & Management areas including Marketing, International Business, Supply Chains, Strategy, Finance, Business Modelling, Innovation and Human Resources.

The scheme is open to all companies regardless of size, sector, or location..

Any costs?

Other than payment of direct costs incurred by the student (i.e. travel expenses or costs associated with market research), there are no direct financial costs involved.

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Pitch It!

Our ever-popular Pitch It! scheme gives you an opportunity to work with up to 50 undergraduate students, each working in smaller teams of 5-6, to address a business challenge you may be facing.

How?

We work with you to agree a challenge facing your organisation which our students can address, a challenge you feel some fresh, new talent could really help you with.

The student teams undertake research, usually lasting 4-6 weeks, and at the end of this they ‘pitch’ back their observations and recommendations to you and your colleagues.

Topics covered and costs?

No cost, but many of our partner companies often offer a short summer internship to an outstanding individual, in many cases to work on the suggestions put forward by the student teams. Pitch It! works particularly well for International Business, Human Resources and Marketing projects, but is applicable for any business and management area.

Pitch It! takes place in the Autumn (Oct-Dec) and Spring (Feb-April) terms.

Pitch It! suits business both large and small and we have worked with:

Gulbenkian
English Heritage
Sony
Turner Contemporary
Macknade
MArks and Spencer
Veetee
Santander
Chapel Down
Ruskin air management
Rocheter Cathedral
Biddenden
Shepherd Neame
PVRI
Buckmore Park
ITL Medical

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