Students Staff


Frontrunners is our unique placement scheme for students. We'll give you challenging employment opportunities and help you develop the skills you need to compete for the best jobs. Not only that, but we'll give you on-the-job training and pay you, too.

All placements are on based on campus within departments, sections and administrative areas. Each placement has a supervisor who'll support and guide you along the way.

Frontrunners is open to all students and placements are advertised three times a year. Don't worry if you have limited previous experience, our placements will give you the opportunity to beef up your CV.

Already completed a frontrunner placement and want more experience? Frontrunners plus gives you the chance to take your skills to the next level.

Why Frontrunners

  • Receive on-the-job training and get paid
  • Develop professional work skills
  • Prepares students for their future careers after graduating
  • Enhances the experience for Essex students

Applications for staff

Find out what's involved in setting up a placement. Staff applications are accepted in January for placements in the summer vacation. The application form has been updated, so please download a new one.

Student success stories

Thanks to frontrunners, lots of students have gone on to work in specialist areas after graduation. Find out what past frontrunners and supervisors have said about the scheme with our testimonials.

Employability advice

Our Careers Centre

Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.