Global chemical company Lubrizol says it is benefiting from working with some of the brightest young minds in the UK after once again expanding its successful student placement programme.
The firm, whose UK headquarters are in Derbyshire, has taken on 34 undergraduates from a host of universities for the next 12 months, the biggest intake of placement students it has ever hosted.
They include Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Bath, University of Derby and the University of Edinburgh. All students have been put to work in position all across the company.
Twenty-eight students are based at Derbyshire, with a further six based at its site in Blackley, Manchester. The company has created a new student role within its mechanical testing department and other students are working in a wide range of departments, including human resources, chemistry, finance and procurement.
The students are all in the third year of their degrees but, although they have never worked in a business setting before, the company prides itself on ensuring that they are challenged and encouraged to make as full a contribution as possible.
A year at Lubrizol is one of the most sought-after placements open to UK students and the company received hundreds of applications for places.
One of this year’s intake is Amy Turner, who is currently studying an International Business degree at Nottingham Trent University and is working in Lubrizol’s global communications department.
She said: “I applied specifically for Lubrizol Hazelwood because I’m from the area and I knew it would be a good place to learn and develop academic skills in the workplace.
“I have already been carrying out a wide range of tasks, many of which I didn’t expect and are beyond the business-type responsibilities. I’m enjoying that, as well as the feeling that I’m being treated as a full-time member of staff, not just a placement student.”
Around 14% of Lubrizol’s total staff are former placement students or were recruited following an apprenticeship or a PhD partnership.
Sam Bradbury, Lubrizol’s HR Manager UK, said: “We began our student placement scheme a number of years ago as part of a fuller programme of working with universities and it has grown to the extent that many of our departments could not function as effectively without the input of their students.
“This is because we recruit only high calibre individuals who have repaid us by making the role their own and embracing the opportunity to bring their own talents and capabilities to bear on whatever task they’re set.”