Recruit new talent

The next generation of game changers

If you want to bring some fresh thinking into your business, take your pick from our large talent pool of students and graduates.

Our focus on applied learning means that students and graduates from this University are already experienced at using their knowledge to solve real business issues and problems. They build practical and technical skills during their course through work experience and placements, as well as work-related projects.

This continues beyond their course through internships, volunteering, and casual or part-time work. This extensive skill-building process means that our students can jump straight into your company and hit the ground running.

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Claim up to £7000 in funding and recruitment support

We are inviting firms across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to claim up to £7,000 in funding when they employ any individual that graduated within the last 3 years - either from Derby or any other university.

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Recruiting new talent during lockdown

Remote working and social distancing need not put a stop to your search for new talent. We can help you promote your organisation and your work opportunities using a range of online tools. From posting on our jobs portal or social media channels, to running virtual careers fairs, interviews or office tours — we have so many ideas about how to raise your profile and maintain your talent pipeline. Contact our Employer and Community Engagement team to discuss options.

The possibilities...

So, how could our students and graduates help you?

Taking on a work experience student is a good way to get extra, short-term support into your business. Students could solve a small problem, tackle low-priority but impactful jobs or undertake research using their specialist skills and knowledge. There is no cost to you and your admin will be minimal.

Find out more about recruiting work experience students

If you have a graduate-level vacancy you want to fill, we can help. We offer a fully-managed recruitment service to ensure you get the right person the first time.

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If you have a real problem that requires a solution, we can put this challenge to a group of students or an individual. They will then tackle it as a project, with guidance from tutors. It could be to develop a new product or process, or to conduct some real-world research.

It can help you gain fresh ideas and innovative approaches. It's also a good way to spot talent early. There's no cost to you, apart from your time.

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If you are a registered charity or non-profit organisation, we could help you find volunteers to provide one-off or regular support.

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Taking on an intern means providing short/medium-term paid employment for an undergraduate or graduate. It's a cost-effective way to resource your smaller-scale projects, events, research or market testing – particularly during May to September, when undergraduates have no lectures.

We usually offer funding to help pay for the intern so look out for our latest offer.

Find out more about our internships

You can recruit a student for a longer period of paid work experience (9-15 months). It's usually taken between their second and third year of undergraduate study and is a year in industry. We can offer you lots of practical recruitment support to ensure you get the right person.

Many employers use these placements as a long interview process and often they go on to recruit the student afterwards. 

Find out more about recruiting a student for a year in industry

If you have a part-time or casual job that you need to fill fast, a student could be a good candidate. They can work for up to 16 hours a week while studying.

We have a Student Employment Agency on-campus which has 2,500 registered students and recent graduates on its books. It can offer you full end-to-end agency support including recruitment and payroll.

Find out more about our Student Employment Agency

If you are looking for more of a two-way relationship with new talent, you could opt to become a mentor or share your knowledge with students in other ways, such as through guest lectures, mock interviews and assessment centres, or employability workshops.

These are opportunities to ‘give back’ and help students become more work-ready-and-able. But they can also bring benefits to you and your business.

Find out more about sharing your knowledge


David Campbell

We’ve had a number of excellent students who we’ve been able to employ. One of these has been working on a really unique test for crayfish – it’s a world-first.

David Campbell
Director at SureScreen

One dedicated team

To discuss any of these options in more detail, please contact our Employer and Community Engagement team. Their job is to make it easy for you to access our student and graduate talent and they have lots of experience of working with organisations across many sectors. Find out more about this team.

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Students wow real estate developer with concepts for PEAK Gateway

Students at Derby studying on Degree and Masters level programmes have worked with Milligan to create inspiring architectural and environmental concepts that explore the future vision for the Gateway component at Birchall Properties’ PEAK gateway resort.

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