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placement year students

We are placement year students

On the hunt for your university placement year or your first graduate job? Landing the right role, in the right company will be one of the most important career moves you’ll ever make. Randstad is a global power brand, the world’s number one recruiter and a Fortune 500 Company. We have some of the best people in our business, work across multiple sectors and have the best technology at our fingertips. We work hard but we ensure we have lots of fun along the way.

What’s on offer?

Our placement schemes are bigger and better than ever. The quality and flexibility is proving so popular that we’re offering 40 university placement year positions for 2019/2020. We have roles available across the UK, ranging from HR assistants to trainee recruitment consultants. With industry-leading mentors and robust training, rest assured that you’ll bag experience and skills to massively boost your CV in the future. It’s no wonder our roles get snapped up!

What are we looking for?

Most of our placements come from a Business Studies, Finance & Accounting or Human Resources degree background, but what you’re studying is only part of the parcel. One of our successful students was studying Politics but they had the tenacity, attention to detail and ambition that we love. Whatever you’re studying, it’s your personality and skills that will set you apart from the crowd. There will be lots of support on hand but we’re not into hand holding - we’ll give you all the tools so you can crack on and make the most of your year.

Smiling every step of the way

Expect a fast-paced environment where you’ll need great customer service skills and speed to jump on the task in hand. There’s no denying it can be hard work at times but we celebrate our successes, socialise together and we’ll even give you your birthday off on top of your holiday as an extra thank you. We have an awesome social and intranet platform, which is great for connecting with others on their year out to share ideas and experiences.

The clock is ticking

We’re already on the hunt for university placement year students for 2019/2020. With assessments and interviews taking place between February and April, now’s the time to get in touch. Our current placement reminded us that cash can be tight at uni, so we’ve introduced virtual and online tools to help save you travel costs and make it even easier for you to apply.

HR & Legal Assistant


Join our team of HR and L&D experts in our recently renovated offices in Capability Green, Luton. Whether you want to snap up out HR or Legal Assistant job, you'll need to be able to think on your feet and juggle some exciting projects. Our onsite cafe proves a big hit, so you can fuel up at the start of your busy day with Costa and a delicious breakfast.

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Trainee Recruitment Consultant


What better way to kick-start your career by joining our thriving sales team based in the heart of Manchester? You’ll be glad to hear we have 10 uni placement year places available for 2019/2020. We’ll give you an insight into the world of sales and give you all the tools you’ll need to succeed in the world of recruitment. You’ll specialise in the rewarding public sector, placing teachers into local schools and helping care workers find their next role. Expect to leave the office with a spring in your step knowing you’ve made a real difference that day.

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Trainee Recruitment Consultant


Our trainee recruitment consultant, compliance administrator and delivery consultant roles in London are in hot demand. Our office is only minutes away from Liverpool Street train station and you'll be glad to hear that shops, restaurants and bars are all a stone’s throw away. You’ll learn from some of London’s finest recruiters and pick up sales skills that will boost your CV and career. Expect to help clients to find some of the city’s finest talent and help job seekers climb to the next rung on their career ladder.

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Recruitment Specialist and Data Analyst

Hartlebury, Peterborough, Peterlee and Burton

When businesses need a flexible on-site workforce solution to help manage permanent or temporary workforces they call on RIS. You'll help supply thousands of workers into some of the UK's largest manufacturers. To name drop a few, you might find yourself working with Ford UK, Caterpillar UK and many more of the nation's favourite big names. 

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Trainee Recruitment Consultant


Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering grabbed lots of press attention at the start of the year and they're looking for bright and savvy individuals who can think on their feet.

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Graham Trevor

HR Director - UK & Middle East at Randstad UK

"We’re famous for our Learning & Development team and new RISE training programme. Our trophy cabinet is bursting at the seams after LinkedIn named us the 5th best staffing company in the world for social engagement ahead of the likes of Manpower and Robert Half. We were also shortlisted in 3 categories in the HR Excellence Awards, taking home the shiny award for the Most Effective Benefits Strategy!"

Don’t just take our word for it. We have over 2,000 reviews on glassdoor, have a read. 

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The only way is up!

Our Learning & Development team will help equip you with the skills and experience you need to rise to the top of the recruitment world.

Within your three months you'll attend our 2-3 day induction. We've made it as fun and interactive as possible - no death by PowerPoint. It's run by our very own team of Learning & Development whizz kids. They've lived and breathed the world of recruitment and they're ready to share their top tops and industry secrets.

You'll also get the chance to meet your fellow placement students that may be working in other offices to you.

Meet our current placement students

Athena Speirs

Commerical Constrution Resoucer

Glasgow Caledonian University

Business Management

Being a placement year student with Randstad has given me the opportunity to learn about the world of business. My management team is very supportive, we are like a big family.

Shaquille McCoy-Neil

Bid Coordinator

University of Kent

Business Management

Randstad gives you an understanding of how business to business communication works and contributes to overall success. I got the opportunity to be treated like a permanent employee, and not a student.

Jessica Young

Account Specialist

Loughborough University  


I never thought I would get the opportunity to interact with clients on a daily basis. I can take my client service skills and apply them to any area of business.

Alex Christou

Financial Delivery Consultant

Swansea University


I never knew how much recruitment would improve my overall interpersonal skills. From day one we were very much involved with the candidates and clients; I now understand more about the way the working world works.

Affan Ahmed

HR Assistant

Coventry Uni


I will go back to uni as a more organised and professional person. Everyone knows your name and treats you like an important member of the team.

Georiga Lauder

Talent Acquisition Resourcer

Loughborough University


I get to speak to all prospective internal candidates from all business sectors. I now understand that people in recruitment come from all different backgrounds, it has been an amazing experience so far.

Lauren Scott

Account Specialist

University of Leeds

Business Management

My team has given me the encouragement to continuously develop in customer service and overall business. 

Winner of HR Excellence Award

Randstad UK HR team for being shortlisted in 3 categories in the HR Excellence Awards, and even more so for winning the Most Effective Benefits Strategy!

Mastering your skills

The Learning & Development team will work with you over 12 months to support you in developing the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful recruiter and achieve your Randstad qualification in recruitment.

5th most Socially Engaged

LinkedIn named Randstad the 5th best staffing company in the world for social engagement ahead of the likes of Manpower and Robert Half. Next year we have our eyes on a top four prize.

Who we are

Let’s cut to the chase - we are the World’s Number One Recruiter on the planet. In a nutshell, our job is finding other people jobs. We work hard, enjoy success (spending our pay packets) and have a laugh along the way.


This is just one of our great locations based in London with a modern feel. We have branches, offices and in-site teams across the UK, all bursting with great talent and a bustling atmosphere.

Fancy joining the team?

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