I am a Learner How am I going to improve my employability skills?

All School of Technology students have the opportunity to take a one year placement in a company.

Placement opportunities arise in many specialist businesses, across all disciplines, with companies including:

  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • EDF Energy
  • Balfour Beattie
  • Redrow
  • Eon
  • Birmingham Midshires
  • Goodrich

Essential Skills

Completing a placement year in industry is without a doubt the best way to help you acquire the skills you need to secure employment after your studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

The experience you gain whilst in industry with technical and interpersonal skills; all roles are salaried and you will be treated as a valued member of the team.


Everyday exposure to project work, working in teams and to deadlines encourages your professional skills to mature, and place you in an excellent position as an experienced graduate looking for employment.

In turn, the companies who take students on for placements often direct the student for a future in their business and as such the placement scheme is frequently used as a recruitment process. The scheme has proved highly successful and placement students are often offered graduate positions.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme designed to help businesses achieve greater profitability and strategic growth by working in partnership with a local university to increase business competitiveness, productivity and performance.

The University of Wolverhampton is currently ranked first in the West Midlands for KTPs and has supported over 140 programmes across a variety of disciplines including IT and engineering.

We work with companies to support students on KTPs to complete specific projects. As part of this scheme students can continue with their education in the form of masters programmes.


Some students are quite entrepreneurial, and would like to pursue their own business ideas. We have a business development initiative SPEED (Students Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education) offering support to students. Funding, mentoring and training is offered. For more information visit www.speedproject.co.uk.

Graduate opportunities

The School of Technology provides a service in supporting final year students in developing their skills further. It is important that students are given the opportunity to apply for graduate positions and are prepared for interviews and for the workplace.