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Offer a placement or scholarship

Every Harper Adams degree includes a placement year in industry. Find out how you can boost your business and support future talent.

Why offer a placement?

You benefit

Every degree course at Harper Adams includes a placement year. Why? Because we know you, as employers, want graduates who have both real world experience and know their subject inside out. During their year in industry students take on the sorts of challenges they'll face when they're working for you. They learn how to communicate effectively, solve problems, make decisions, work independently and in teams, manage money and even staff. So by the time they graduate they have the confidence to get stuck in from day one.

Offering a placement gives employers the opportunity to:

  • Recruit from a huge pool of talent.
  • Get first choice of skilled graduates - many placement employers are impressed enough to offer their placement student a graduate job.
  • Enjoy closer ties to the leading university in the sector and our research.
  • Take on cost effective additional staff .
  • Get to know and train a student - it's a bit like an extended interview.
  • Benefit from students' up to date knowledge, fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
  • Raise your profile, and let your clients know your company cares about the education and training of the next generation.
  • Network with future talent at our careers and placement fairs.
  • Enable specific project work to be undertaken.

Students benefit

  • Good work experience.
  • Increased confidence and people skills.
  • The chance to learn and earn in the real world.
  • Exploring the field they want to work in.
  • Developing vocational skills.
  • Relating their work experiences to their studies.
  • Preparing them for graduate employment.

We support you

Our Placement Team is here to support both our students and our valued placement providers every step of the way, including:

  • Advertising your placement vacancies on our website.
  • A place at our careers and placement fair.
  • Matching your needs with potential students.
  • Facilitating interviews.
  • Preparing our students for working life before they join you.
  • The support of placement managers, tutors and administrators.
  • Ensuring students are mentored by a placement supervisor.

Why offer a scholarship?

You benefit

The world needs new talent, and when you offer a scholarship you are helping to nurture the future of individuals, the sector, the wider world and your own business. You could choose to offer a cash scholarship (covering or making a contribution toward tuition fees), or both cash and a placement year. Some companies also offer students a job after they graduate.

  • A huge pool of talent from which to recruit your growing workforce.
  • Closer ties to the leading university in the sector.
  • Raise your profile amongst talented students and their family and friends.
  • Satisfy your corporate responsibility.
  • During the placement year companies get to know and train their chosen student - it's a bit like an extended interview.
  • Let your clients know your company cares about the education and training of the next generation.
  • Network with future talent at our scholarships, careers and placement fairs.

Students benefit

  • Financial support.
  • Increased confidence.
  • The chance to learn and earn in the real world.
  • Exploring the field they want to work in.
  • Learning from their colleagues.
  • Developing vocational skills.
  • Relating their work experiences to their studies.
  • Preparing them for graduate employment.

We support you

Our Development Trust is here to support our valued scholarship providers every step of the way. To find out how you can help our students while benefiting your business get in touch for a chat.

Renée Gallina-Morris
Development Trust Office

developmenttrust@harper-adams.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5095