The placement year gives students the change to experience working in a retail environment first hand. The placement year allows the students to utilise their knowledge they have learnt in the first two years of studies and apply it in a working environment. In turn, it helps boost confidence and helps with graduate employability. Some placements may even lead to a job offer after university. Alongside this, students are given the opportunity to gain a diploma in professional practice, where they create log books and reports, to reflect and acknowledge the work they have done over the last year.
Job roles include: buying, merchandising, garment technology, PR and marketing. Recent placements were at:
- ASOS – Buyer’s admin assistant - Boohoo/ Boohoo MAN – Buyer’s admin assistant and marketing operations assistant - Debenhams – Trainee Buying, merchandising and technologist assistant roles - Kipling – e-commerce assistant (Antwerp, Belgium) - New Look – PR Assistant - Primark – Trainee buying and merchandising assistant roles - Ralph Lauren - buying and merchandising admin assistant roles - River Island- Buying admin assistant and Press assistant - Urban Outfitters – Buying Intern - Wrangler – Product Intern (Antwerp, Belgium)