Employer ProgrammeOne of the primary goals of Nottingham University Business School is to prepare our undergraduates for a successful career. As one means of achieving this, we run an Employer Programme that connects top employers with our undergraduate students. Whilst participating organisations may change over time, major contributors to the Employer Programme currently include Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, GE, KPMG, L'Oreal, Next, Ogilvy Mather, PKF, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, Unilever and Volkswagen.
Employment Opportunities & Prizes
The Employer Programme involves a variety of both formal and informal activities. All of the participating companies use the programme to communicate company information and potential employment opportunities to our undergraduate students. Many of the companies also sponsor prizes for the highest performance in different years of study or in particular subjects.
Lectures, Workshops, Visits & Games
The majority of companies in the Employer Programme contribute to a series of lectures and workshops. These run on average twice a week during term time, and improve student employability by developing professional and transferable skills. In addition to events run within the Business School, some companies also arrange off-site visits. A number of organisations also run business games.
Employer Programme Certificate
Our Employer Programme Certificate is awarded to students who attend a significant number of Employer Programme or related events, and who have prepared a CV and personal evidence statement that has been approved in a special meeting with their personal tutor. The purpose of the Employer Programme Certificate is to allow students to indicate that they have demonstrated a significant level of career planning and employment skills development. The CV and personal evidence statement prepared as part of obtaining the certificate are also a valuable resource when students are making employment applications.
Overall, the benefits of the Employer Programme are two-fold. Firstly, the programme allows our undergraduates to develop specific employment skills, to learn about opportunities with particular organisations, and to best prepare themselves for job interviews and other recruitment processes. However secondly and just as importantly, the Employer Programme also permits our most motivated students to network with top employers throughout their degree, and in some cases to subsequently develop their own employment opportunities.
Internships & Placements
Unlike some of our main competitors, we do not offer a formal year in industry as part of our undergraduate degrees. To a large extent this is because we do not believe it possible for any UK business school to arrange any significant number of high quality and highly relevant one-year work placements for undergraduate students. We do have some links through which about 10-20 students a year obtain a year in industry. However, our experience working with the partners in our Employer Programme and more broadly is that most undergraduate students best prepare themselves for their final careers by obtaining internships or other work experience during the 20 weeks of each year they are not resident at the University. The Business School therefore strongly promotes and supports internship opportunities.
Over the past few years, those companies with whom our undergraduates have undertaken internships and other work experience have included ABN AMRO, Accenture, Allianz Dresdner Bank, Citibank, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, Proctor & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Through the Shell STEP programme, students have also obtained placements with small and medium-sized companies.