Work Placement Programme
To meet the demands of modern business, Kingston Business School is changing how it educates and trains its business students. From September 2016, all business students will take a range of new three year degrees geared to enhance their careers and employability. The degrees will better prepare students for the world of work, combining academic learning, practical experience, management skills training and professional links.
Kingston Business School already has a significant work placement programme. However, from January 2018 we will be increasing the number of work placements offered to students and are looking for more organisations to take part in this innovative programme.
Your organisation will be in great company. Our current work placement providers include Airbus, Avios, G4S, Health Insight, Marks and Spencer, Morgan Stanley, Telefonica O2 and Walt Disney. We regularly receive excellent feedback from these companies and many go on to offer permanent positions to our students.
We are looking for placement organisations of all sizes, throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors. Whether you are a provider of business services, a large multinational, or an entrepreneurial company, we believe you will benefit from becoming one of our work placement providers.
We also believe you can offer our students valuable experience – preferably a balance of front-line, managerial and technical work, enabling them to see the range and scope of modern business practices.
Advantages for your organisation:
By joining our work placement programme you will:
- Gain professionally skilled workers: Our students will be “business-ready” before they begin a work placement. They will be trained in a range of skills including workplace professionalism, self-management, planning, organising, target setting and working effectively in a team.
- Gain workers who are prepared: Our students will be ready to apply their practical learning and critical understanding to the real world of work.
- Gain workers who are enthusiastic: Our students will bring their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to their work placements and be eager to work in roles that complement their degrees.
- Gain workers with professional qualifications: Many of our students will be members of organisations such as the Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Marketing or Association of Chartered Accountants. They may be on the path towards qualifications from these organisations and many will be studying for a PRINCE2 project management qualification.
- Gain workers from diverse backgrounds: Kingston Business School students come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, fully reflecting the society in which your organisation operates.
- Gain potential future employees: You will gain access to talented, experienced and trained potential employees. Work placement providers have given graduate roles to an amazing 70 per cent of Kingston students who took work placements. (source: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/careers/employers/recruit-kingston-talent/)
Key features of our new three year degrees:
- A path towards professional qualifications – funded membership of and professional qualifications from, organisations such as the Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Marketing, or partial exemptions from the Association of Chartered Accountants (depending on the degree chosen). Some students will be able to pursue a funded PRINCE2 project management qualification.
- A full business readiness programme to ensure students make the most of their work placement – over 150 hours of relevant skills training in addition to full academic content. This makes sure students are ‘business ready’ before going on a work placement.
- A work placement of nine months (or 6 months with the addition of a three-month summer internship), in the UK or overseas, integrated into their three year course. Students will gain the opportunity to link concepts to practice.Work placements start in January 2018, after four terms of skills training and academic learning.