Professional Skills Module for Employers

Could your organisation benefit from the support of bright and motivated University of Birmingham students?

The Professional Skills Module enables Arts and Humanities students to develop their professional skills, knowledge and confidence by undertaking a work experience placement as part of their degree.

Professional Skills module - for Employers

How can my organisation benefit?

  • A student can provide extra capacity, perhaps working on a project you may not have otherwise been able to fulfil.
  • They can contribute creativity, energy and a fresh perspective, and help with strategies for engaging young people.
  • Through their studies they have developed a range of skills that can benefit you, such as research, persuasive communication, team working and organisation.
  • This module typically attracts driven, ambitious and inquiring students, keen to enhance their commercial awareness, sector knowledge and career focus.
  • Employers often ‘reboot’ their processes based on ideas or innovations from placement students.
  • This year, students have taken roles in a diverse range of fields, such as: blog-writing; research; impact reporting; project coordinating; bid-writing; social media curation; web editorial; oral history research; video editing, business development; relationship management; event and activity-planning; and magazine editorial.

Download the Professional Skills Module Example Placements leaflet to explore the many ways that students have supported organisations this year

"We have seen huge value in working with placement students, they have been focussed, hard working and keen to get stuck into day-to-day activity at all levels of the business."  Sam Marchant, Columba

"It was a great opportunity for us, having students from the University of Birmingham join our company. They have contributed in various ways and demonstrated a good work ethic."  Crisman Wise, Transfree

"Both students were stellar: hard-working, collegial, willing to take initiative. I had worried this would be an extra 'task' for me this summer but instead it was a real collaboration that brought the larger project forward." Dr Mo Moulton, Dept of History

How does it work?

  • Students work for a minimum of 70 hours (10 days) between June - December. 
  • Placements can be full or part-time during summer, or part-time during the autumn semester.
  • Roles generally involve a discrete project or set of task for which students can have ownership and responsibility under your supervision and employers can recruit more than one student to multiple projects/roles.
  • Students apply to bespoke placement roles through our Placements Bank, we collate the applications and forward them to the employers for their selection.
  • The module is open to students of Art History, Creative Writing, Drama & Theatre Arts, Film Studies, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, History & Cultures, Music, Philosophy and Theology & Religion. 
  • We have also introduced an optional Confirmed Interview Scheme, giving employers an opportunity to provide specific encouragement and support to candidates from under-represented groups.

How can I take part?

For further information, or to arrange a meeting, contact Lesley Griffiths, College of Arts & Law Placements Officer: