Employer FAQ

Vital information for employers who are interested in taking on a placement student

We know there’s a lot to take on board when considering whether you have the wherewithal within your organisation to take on a placement student. To take some of the hassle out of this for you, we’ve tried to answer any lingering questions we think you might have. Of course, if you have specific questions that are not covered within this, please contact employers@le.ac.uk.

How long can a placement last?

For undergraduate (first degree) students, the placement can last for between 9 and 15 months. For postgraduate (Masters) students, the placement can last for between three and nine months for international (non-EU) students and for between three and 12 months for home/EU students.

Do I have to pay the student?

Yes. They should be paid an appropriate salary for their role.

If they are an overseas student, do I need to worry about their visa?

No. The students are eligible to work for up to nine months without requiring a visa or any extra paperwork.

Do I have any long term employment obligations?

No. Your contract with the student is for a temporary placement lasting three to nine months (the precise length of the placement is your decision). You can choose to offer the student a job when they have completed their studies, but you are not obligated to do so.

What support does the student get from the University?

The student completes a year-long employability programme prior to the placement to ensure maximum productivity during the time they spend in your organisation. During the placement, the student will complete an online log, and a member of University of Leicester staff will visit during the course of their placement to guide them in their role and ensure they are fulfilling the requirements of the brief.

Will I have to spend a lot of time training the student to bring them up to speed?

The student selected for the placement will be studying a subject specific to your industry, so they will have a level of understanding that should enable them to add value to your business very quickly. They should receive the same level of support you would offer to any new employee in order to help them settle into the day-to-day routine of working for you.

What if the arrangement isn’t working out?

You will have a named contact at the University who can help with any queries, and we will work with you to resolve any issues that may arise.

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