Hallam students earn sought-after placements with Lubrizol

A year at global chemical company Lubrizol is one of the most sought-after placements open to UK university students, with the company receiving hundreds of applications every year.

This year has seen them recruit a record number of students for their coveted 12 month placement programme. Out of thirty-four successful candidates, three Sheffield Hallam students have been chosen to work in departments across the company, where they will become a crucial part of many of Lubrizol’s operations.

James Franklin is currently studying Business and Financial Management and will be working as a Purchasing Assistant, while Daniel Body, a Cyber Security student, is working as an IS Solutions Centre Analyst. Raphael Plummer-Idundun is the third recruit, and is an Information Technology and Business Studies student who will be working as Lubrizol’s Solutions Centre placement student.

All three are in the third year of their degrees, and despite never having worked in a business setting before, Lubrizol have said that they will be challenged and encouraged to make as full a contribution to the company as possible.

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.”