Sandwich Placements

"My new manager said having that work experience and a name like Red Bull on my CV was the one thing that made me stand out from the rest. I'd definitely recommend doing a placement to anyone coming to university."

Jonathan Appleby, BSc (Hons) Computer Science

A Sandwich Placement provides student with a year's subject-related work experience within an organisation as part of their course.

Many recruiters give preference to applicants that have completed a placement, with up to 78% of vacancies with top employers filled by graduates who have already worked for them. And did you know - on average students who undertake a placement, begin their career on a higher starting salary!


What is a Sandwich Placement?

  • 12 months work experience that is relevant to your course (Masters 6-12 months)
  • 37 hours per week
  • Usually taken between level 5 and 6 (undergraduate) or after semester 2 (Masters)
  • Placements are supported by University staff and are assessed as part of your course
  • Positions are usually paid!


The advantages of a Sandwich Placement

  • Opportunity for you to gain industry relevant experience
  • Provide chance for you to try out a particular career path
  • Give you a step ahead on the graduate career ladder
  • Build your confidence and commercial acumen
  • Provide ideas and insight for your final year project
  • Help you to build contacts within the industry you want to work in
  • Allow you to apply theory gained during your course into business context


For more information about placement opportunities please contact the placements team:

t: 01785 353460

Or drop in between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday to see us at the Careers Network.

How to find us:

The Careers Network
Cadman Building
Staffordshire University
University Quarter
College Road