Placements page

USW Placements

There are a range of work placement opportunities available and there are many websites and approaches you can use to help you find work placements. Below is information on what types of placements there are, the benefits of working in a placement and how to find a placement that’s right for you.


Types of work placements available

  • Company visits and insight days – Visit an organisation to gain an insight and understanding of the variety of roles on offer.
  • Work shadowing – Observational activity allowing you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a specific role.
  • Short term placements/Internships – Up to 3 months duration, that can be offered on a flexible basis.
  • Live projects – Negotiated pieces of work, either undertaken on an individual or group basis.
  • Industrial placements/Internships – Up to 12 months duration, typically taken as the penultimate year of study.
  • Volunteering – Unpaid period of work in the third sector.

Benefits of undertaking a work placement

Here are some of the benefits of undertaking a work placement:

  • Stand out from the crowd – If you have relevant work experience, you’ll really have the edge over other graduates
  • Meet people – You’ll meet lots of new people, develop essential professional contacts and build your confidence in the workplace
  • Put knowledge into practice – You’ll use the theory you’ve learnt during your degree and see how the skills you’ve gained relate to the workplace
  • Earn some cash – More likely in longer work placements
  • Gain academic credits – Depending on your programme of study, the sandwich placement enables you to gain academic credits towards your degree
  • Enhance your final year grades – Using the skills and experience gained from your placement, you’re likely to improve your final year grades


How to proceed

  • Register for Unilife Connect  - Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs and careers events Visit Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system and search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities.
  • The University of South Wales have dedicated Careers Advisers and Work Placement Advisers for each Faculty, who maybe able to provide specialist advice and support.


Meet our Team

Click through to contact a work placement adviser in your faculty:

Faculty of Business & Society (FBS)
Placement Team:

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science (CES)
Placement Team:

  • Karin Rees – Placement Adviser – CES
  • Lucy Picton – Placement Adviser – CES
  • Careers Adviser: Ruth Morgan

Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)
Placement Team:

  • Glesni Ayres – Placement Adviser – FCI
  • Kate Czyrko – Placement Adviser – FCI
  • Careers Adviser: David McCarthy

Faculty of Life Science & Education (LSE)
Placement Team:

  • Donna Freddi – Placement Adviser – LSE
  • Careers Adviser: Rhiannon Pugh


For general placement enquiries email: uswplacements@southwales.ac.uk
or to contact a Careers Adviser: careers.southwales.ac.uk/appointment


Work Placement searches

Below are a few sites to help you get started. In addition, find out about any suitable placement opportunities that may be available via your course or faculty.

Unilife Connect – The USW Careers Service’s vacancy system – search for work experience placements, internships and voluntary opportunities in Wales, the UK and overseas.

GO Wales – Under 25? Find work placements, tasters and work shadowing with GO Wales.

AnyIntern – Search and find all internships in the United Kingdom on the UK’s largest internship website, one search, all internships.

Employment 4 Students – Most visited UK student jobs website helping students find part time jobs, temporary job vacancies, internships & graduate jobs during Christmas & Summer.

Graduate Jobs : Internships – Internships & Work Placements listings.

Great with Disability – Find internship and job information.

Intern Avenue – We connect interns, graduates and employers. Find the very best internships and graduate jobs online!

Just Student Jobs Just Student Jobs is the #1 student job site helping UK students find all kinds of part time jobs, internships, placements and summer jobs for students.

LinkedIn Jobs – Search for jobs on LinkedIn, and read advice from thought leaders, view presentations, see examples, find experts, and browse other resources on finding a job.

Prospects Placements – Takes you directly to the search results for the current placements and internships advertised through Prospects.

Rate My Placement – Search for a range of placements by sector and/or degree discipline. Find a placement or internship; receive new opportunities by email; check out student-written reviews and the Top 100 Undergraduate Employers.

Step Programme – The Step Programme offers undergraduates and recent graduates a range of paid work experience opportunities.

Target Jobs – Target Jobs Work Experience Search

Links Related to Your Subject – A range of information, job and placement search links specific to your area of interest or study.

Careers Fairs and Events – You can find work experience placements by visiting careers fairs and events.

Work Experience Useful Links Page – If you want to delve further. This is a comprehensive listing of a broad range of work experience opportunities.

Join up with us online as jobs from Unilife Connect get posted to the newsfeeds regularly.



Making Contact

Before making contact with any employer take the time to read our guide for advice and tips on how to approach employers.
Your Guide to Contacting Employers


Related Media

Guides

The Association of Lighting Designers [ALD] Guide to finding PlacementsALD is the professional body representing all those who work or are interested in the creation of lighting, video & projection design for live performance and event. This student placement guide outlines advice for both the student and the lighting designer on how to approach potential placements, what both sides should expect and offer the other and general etiquette of working in a professional work place. It is also a useful guide for tutors to use when setting up such placements

Digital Magazines

Rate My Placement Magazine Target Jobs Internships Magazine Prospects Work Experience Magazine


Placement Stories

Laura-Pegg “In my first year, I went on a short work experience within the pharmacy unit of the Prince Charles Hospital where I was exposed to the clinical trials unit. This sparked an interest for me in this field, so when I heard of a three-month paid placement opportunity at PRA Health Sciences, a clinical trials company in Swansea, I thought it could show me a different side of the clinical trials process.”

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Lauren-Clarke Lauren Clarke is on a paid internship at Paramount Interiors Ltd, a leading design practice with offices in Cardiff and London. Lauren was selected for the placement after her student project won a live brief for the client.

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Sharlotte Madziyire Sharlotte Madziyire, from Harare in Zimbabwe, is studying the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. As part of the course, Sharlotte completed a one-year paid work placement with AMCO Rail, which offers construction, asset maintenance for both private and public sectors, engineering and rail works.

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Gaurav Chawla The hospitality industry has historically had a dramatic environmental impact on the environment through energy and water consumption, and use of consumable goods. With sustainability now being the issue on everyone’s mind, BA (Hons) Hotel and Hospitality Management course leader Gaurav Chawla discusses how the industry is responding, and why it’s a key focus on the course.

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Jon Brooks Former soldier Jon Brooks graduated with first-class Honours from the BSc (Hons) Geography degree in 2015. During his final exams, he was offered the position of Compliance Officer with the Local Planning Authority.

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Radoslaw-Krajnik Radoslaw Krajnik, originally from Poland, graduated from the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering in 2016. He is now a graduate mechanical engineer for TATA Steel UK, Port Talbot, securing a place on their fiercely competitive Graduate Scheme after TATA Steel visited the University to recruit.

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Anna Chappell, from Neath, is studying the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. She has recently finished a one-year paid internship with Bouygues UK as a trainee quantity surveyor.

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Harrison recently completed a year-long paid placement at Ideaworks, a high-end home integration company, working as a Design Assistant. As a result, Harrison has been offered a job with the company, and they are sponsoring his final year at University.

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Hayley recently completed one-year paid internship at ING Wholesale Banking in London where she worked as an Information Security Intern. Located in the City of London, at the heart of the UK’s financial district, ING Wholesale Banking are a leading international corporate bank which offer a wide range of banking and financial services to businesses.

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Aaron Jones from Penpedairheol in Caerphilly, is studying BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering. He has just completed a one-year placement with Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) where he worked as a Student Civil Engineer. As a result of his placement, Aaron has been offered a Graduate Engineer post with CCBC. Read the full story here

Matthew Sensier, a Certified Chartered Accountant, graduated from BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and has established a successful career at GM Financial, the financial services arm of General Motors.

“In my final weeks of university, I sent my CV to a local job agency. I took my last exam in university on a Thursday, and started at GM Financial the following Monday. I got a six-week contract and I’m still here, nearly four years later! I’m now the Accounting Supervisor for UK and Sweden.
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For my internship, I worked as a Quality Engineer in the Quality Control department. Quality plays a pivotal role in the aviation business as there is no place for mistakes when an aircraft carries over 300 people at 35,000ft altitude!

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Bethan Jones, from Pontypridd, graduated from the BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering in 2014. She now works as a section engineer at Raymond Brown Construction, where she is based in Bridgend but works all over the UK.
“As a site manager, I run the day-to-day activities on site, including Health and Safety, planning and programming of the works.”

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Students from BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Retail Design have been on work placements with Harvey Nichols in Bristol.
Harry, Ellie, Tara and Mel worked on the Spring/Summer displays throughout store, working with Fashion Marketing and Retail Design Graduate, Emilia Risso, who now works in the Harvey Nichols display team.

Submit your Placement stories

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