Thinking of running a student placement? Here are our 4 Key benefits to working with students.
Meyer has a longstanding partnership with local university, Liverpool John Moores. We have worked with Wendy Johnston and their degree programme, BSC Food Development and Nutrition, at their IM Marsh campus, to create opportunities for students that not only give them the chance to work for a real company, but also continues to amaze us with the quality of their work and talent.
Running a student placement is often seen as an easy way to get free labour for a week or two, or worse, as a burden where some poor student is saddled with making tea for two weeks and learning nothing within their chosen field. At Meyer, we take a student placement seriously, carefully creating projects that provide real, hands on experience of our busy workplace. Here are some examples of how the LJMU students have blown us away over the years, and some of our tips for making the partnership work smoothly.
The students are a credit to themselves, this was one of our first and longest standing collaborations with LJMU. Always enthusiastic and more importantly, candid; the students have worked with our new products over the years, giving us vital feedback on our newest innovations. Expect honest responses, should you choose to have students road test your products. Create a relationship with the department who are doing this for you, the students have fresh eyes and a knack for picking up details you might not see. The more regularly you visit, the better responses you will get.
Recipe Creation & Photography
We’re lucky at Meyer to have the facilities to create recipes and complete photography in house. The budding home economists at Liverpool John Moores are always eager to help us create fantastic new recipes; not only as part of their modules but in their own time. We have had several students come to us for a specific recipe creation placement. It’s important to plan these effectively. We give them an itinerary that covers the duration of their placement and carefully map out their time to ensure that their project will be completed during the placement. It’s crucial to make sure the placement runner also allocates time to spend with the student, with time planned in to teach them skills to take away. During our placement, we teach some basic photography skills, lighting and lightroom editing. The student’s recipes and photography have been used on our website and social media.
Image taken by Caroline Tranter during her 2016 placement
We’re so overwhelmed with the creativity of the students; sometimes we get things from them that they have created without our help, like this video from student James Capper, who used one of our test pans for his portfolio video. Not only is this a fantastic piece of work, but the students work gives us ideas for future content and helps us to create more opportunities for us to collaborate. It’s important to reward creativity and enthusiasm such as this where possible.
We’ve been proud to take students with us to retailers to do live cooking demonstrations. The students are professional, knowledgeable and passionate. Giving them an opportunity to hone their skills now, helps us to cultivate a relationship with the influencers and innovators of tomorrow, giving them experience that will only help their careers later on. Let them become passionate about your products and reward the work they put in. Our partnership with LJMU continues to grow with new possibilities opening up every year!