Company Treks

Go directly to the employer to explore the working environment.

A Company Trek can involve a tour of the employer's site, presentations from the employees and the opportunity to meet a range of people working at different levels. Whether you’re exploring your career options or seeking to build industry contacts, treks will give you the opportunity to meet industry experts and see what life is like on the inside of organisations.

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Company Treks in 2019-20

Smurfitt Kappa, Wednesday 30 October 2019, 13.00 - 16.00 - CLOSED

Book company trek to Smurfit Kappa on Wednesday 30 October. Deadline Sunday 27 October.

Book Smurfitt Kappa Company Trek here

  • Getting there: Please meet outside the Barber Institute of Fine Art (opposite the road to the Guild of Students) at 11:00 (Located at R14 on the Edgbaston Campus Map), where we will then take you to the employer by coach and bring you back to the University by about 18:00 (depending on traffic).
  • Full Address: Moulton Way; Northampton, NN3 6XJ
  • Employer details:

    With around 46,000 employees across 35 countries and an EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) of 1,545 million Euros in 2018, Smurfit Kappa Group is one of the leading producers of paper based packaging in the world.  As a B2B organisation, we may not be a household name, but as a business with sustained growth and excellent environmental credentials, we are definitely an employer worth meeting.    

    Two graduate schemes in operation including: Engineering Placement Scheme: Seeking talented engineers to complete 12 month industrial placements, during which they will not only add to the bottom line, but also be given opportunities to develop both personally and professionally. Graduate Management Training Scheme: Seeking graduates with a good degree in any discipline to join their Graduate Management Training Scheme.  The scheme is comprised of four different placements, based on each individual’s interests, skills and development, as well as the current needs of the business.  It is likely that each placement will be at a different UK site, so mobility is essential.  The purpose of the scheme is to enable our graduates to develop the knowledge and experience needed to really understand both our business and that of our customers (some of the world’s leading FMCGs) as quickly as possible.  That way they can add value to the bottom line by helping to provide sustainable, eye catching and innovative packaging.

  • Travel time to employer:  approximately 1 hour and thirty minutes from the University of Birmingham campus to Northampton,  depending on traffic. At employer site from 13:00 to 15:30. 
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • What's involved in this trek? 
    • A company overview presentation with Q&A
    • Tour of the factory facilities
    • An opportunity for students to speak with recent graduates (time given for Q&A
    • Networking with refreshment
    • Lunch will be provided 

City of Wolverhampton Council, Wednesday 13 November 2019, 13.45 to 15.45 FULL! CLOSED 

Book your place on the City of Wolverhampton City Council trek on Wednesday 13th November before the deadline date of Wednesday 6th November

Book Wolverhampton City Council Company Trek here

  • Getting there: Please meet outside the Barber Institute of Fine Art (opposite the road to the Guild of Students) at 12:40 located at R14 on the Edgbaston Campus Map (PDF - 399Kb)  where we will then take you to the employer by coach and bring you back to the University by about 16:40 (depending on traffic)
  • Employer details: Local councils are looking for the next generation of managers to lead critical projects and services that have tangible, everyday outcomes for people's lives. The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) seeks to match bright, passionate graduates with councils where they can deliver key projects and amazing value for money.

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    The NGDP is a fast-track graduate programme for bright and passionate individuals who want to make a difference while excelling in their own careers. It offers the chance to work directly with communities, but also to influence policies and plans at a senior level. All while earning a graduate salary and completing our council-specific leadership and management qualification.

    It won’t be easy: the sector is facing incredible challenges in an ever-changing world. But that is why councils need your enthusiasm, fresh ideas and passion. You will have the support of colleagues who are driven by the same desire to make a difference and will gain resilience alongside your cohort of like-minded graduates placed in councils across the country at the same time.

  • Travel time to employer: Approximately 45 minutes. At employer site from 13.45 - 15.45. Location is Civic Centre,  Wolverhampton City Centre. 
  • Dress code: Smart Casual. 
  • What's involved in this trek?  
    You will receive an introduction from the Head of Public Service Reform. You will learn through an overview about local government; the NGDP programme scheme; you will meet current graduates on the NGDP programme and be able to ask questions and gain tips on the application process. You will also meet the Head of Strategy and finally there will be a tour of the Civic Centre to get a feel for the work environment in the council office. 
  • Refreshments will be provided by the council

Huawei, Wednesday 20 November 2019, 11.30 - 15.30 FULL! CLOSED

Book Company Trek to Huawei in November (Date TBC). Deadline TBC.

Book Huawei Company Trek here

  • Getting there: Please meet outside the Barber Institute of Fine Art (opposite the road to the Guild of Students) at 08.30am located at R14 on the Edgbaston Campus Map (PDF - 399Kb)  where we will then take you to the employer by coach and bring you back to the University by about TBC (depending on traffic)
  • Employer details:  Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. They are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. They have nearly 188,000 employees, and operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
  • Travel time to employer: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. At employer site from 11:30 - 15:30. Location is

    300 South Oak Way, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6UF

  • Dress code: Smart Casual. 
  • What's involved in this trek?  

    You will meet senior members of the management team. Take a tour of the offices and its facilities to get a feel for the work environment. You will participate in talks and workshops in subjects including, Digitalisation; International Business Culture; and Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. You will learn about their graduate management programme and the recruitment process. 

Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator, Thursday 21 November 2019, 13:00 to 16:00 CLOSED


Book your place on the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator company trek on Thursday 21st November 2019. Deadline is Thursday 14 November.

Book NatWest Company Trek here

  • Getting there: Please meet outside the Barber Institute of Fine Art (opposite the road to the Guild of Students) at 12:00 located at R14 on the Edgbaston Campus Map (PDF - 399Kb)  where we will then take you to the employer by coach and bring you back to the University by about 16:30 (depending on traffic)
  • Employer details: 

    The Accelerator has been tailored to empower entrepreneurs at any stage. It’s an amazing journey that is fully funded. Helping entrepreneurs, giving them the power to start, scale and succeed. Entrepreneurs receive unique coaching, environments, digital learning and networks.There are  12 hubs across the UK that are fully funded. 

  • Travel time to employer: Approximately 40 minutes. At employer site from 13.00 - 16.00 hours. Location is Birmingham City Centre, Brindley Place. 
  • Dress code: Smart Casual. You will need to take photo ID with you because of security protocol at the bank. (Failure to take photo ID will mean you are unable to participate in the trek. Your University ID cards are sufficient ID) 
  • What's involved in this trek?  
    You will receive an introduction to the accelerator and a guided tour. You will be able to network with entrepreneurs within the accelerator hub.  Participate in workshops such as:
  1. Importance of a Growth Mind-Set
  2. Discover the Business Model canvas
  3. Anatomy of a 60-second pitch

Through these skills workshops you will develop your own idea which you will pitch to a judging panel made up from the accelerators' entrepreneurs. Participate in a 'Pitch Your Solution!' activity and take part in a pitching competition (judged by the entrepreneurs).

Accenture, Wednesday 4 December 2019
13:00 - 15:30  FULL! CLOSED


Book a company trek to Accenture on Wednesday 4 December. Deadline Sunday 1 December.

Book Accenture Company Trek here

  • Employer details:

    Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. A Fortune Global 500 company.Help Build the future - Make a difference your way.   Work where you’re inspired to explore your passions, where your talents are nurtured and cultivated. Innovate with leading-edge technologies on some of the coolest projects you can imagine. And get the tools you need to keep learning and growing so you stay continually ahead of the game while making a difference in the world.

  • Travel time to employer: approximately 3 hours each way. At employer site from 13:30-15:45. Location is central London EC3M 3BD
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • What's involved in this trek? You will receive: 
    • Introduction to Accenture 
    • Consultants Talk 
    • Innovation Hub Tour; elaborating on tech advancements (AR & VR) and projects Accenture has worked on. 
    • Recruiter session – go through application programmes, how to apply and some hints and tips.
    • Q & A – students have the opportunity to ask a panel of recent graduates questions
    • Lunch will be provided

Gowling WLG, Wednesday 22 January 2020, 12:30 to 15:00  FULL! CLOSED

Book a company trek to Gowling WLG on Wednesday 22 January. Deadline Sunday 19 January.

Book Gowling WLG Company Trek here

  • Employer details: 

    Most law firms claim to offer a great place to work. For many, that's true. But what's different about Gowling WLG is the way they work together and the environment they create for their people. They believe that both of these factors are essential to providing their clients with the creative problem-solving that today's business environment demands, and delivering the best-possible service and support.

    They celebrate the strengths and unique talents of individuals while rewarding collaboration and team performance. They ask team members to stretch themselves, and encourage them to develop in a way that provides their clients not only with technical legal expertise, but also people they can build valued relationships with.  Come and find out if we are what you envisaged us to be! 

  • Travel time to employer: Approximately 30 minutes. At employer site from 12:30 - 15:00. Location is Two Snowhill, Queensway, Birmingham City Centre. 
  • Dress code: Smart Casual.  
  • What's involved in this trek?  
    You will receive an introduction to Gowling WLG. Hear from current graduates and employees on their experience of the firm and career. Participate in activities such as:
  1. Speed Networking
  2. Tour of the building
  3. Commercial Awareness exercise

There will be a luncheon provided by Gowling WLG.

Aldi, Wednesday 29 January 2020, 12:00 to 16:30

Book your place on the Aldi Company Trek on 29th January 2020.

Book Aldi Company Trek here

  • Employer details:  Ranked 3rd in the prestigious Times Top 100 list of graduate employers, Aldi is a major food retailer with over 9,000 stores worldwide, and over 840 stores in the UK. With graduate vacancies throughout the UK for Area Managers, Aldi provide clear direction and leadership to a retail management team.   No other graduate programme offers so much responsibility so quickly, and training covers the complete spectrum of management, from store operations, financial administration, logistics and property management.  After a year, you will be expected to be a fully functioning Area Manager, and responsible for up to 4 stores.    The starting salary is £44,000 rising to £76, 495 after 4 years, and benefits include an Audi A4/BMW 3 series company car, pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance and 5 weeks holiday, as well as significant progression opportunities, including international secondments, within the business.
  • Travel time to employer: Approximately one hour depending on where you are travelling from to Edgbaston campus. At employer site from 12:00 - 16:30 hours. Location is Holly Lane, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV 2SQ. 
  • Dress code: Smart Casual.  
  • What's involved in this trek?  

    You will receive an overview of Aldi's amazing journey to success; details on  corporate logisitcs, and tours of the 'Taste Kitchen' and 'Warehouse'. There will be a Q&A session too. A welcome lunch will be provided by the Aldi.  

 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Thursday 30 January 2020, 13:00 to 15:00

Apply for the Barber Institute company trek on Wednesday 30th January 2020.

Book The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Company Trek here

  • Employer details: 

    Monet, Manet and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck – as well as Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bellows and Auerbach…   Barber uses its world-class collections to create inspirational opportunities for learning and enjoyment for students, staff and the wider public. You can see key works by all these – and many more – great artists in the galleries at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts for free. There’s also a stunning coin gallery and an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings, purpose built and opened by Queen Mary in 1939.

  • Dress code: Smart Casual.  
  • What's involved in this trek?  

    You will receive an overview of the Barber Institute. Hear from the Marketing and Curatorial team. There will be an opportunity to meet a current intern and discover work experience opportunities. Finally, you will be able to ask your important questions to the staff. 

This event is best suited to students with an interest in: Art, Art History, History, Education, or Humanities subjects. But could also be of interest to students who may study science and be interested in public engagement and or collections. 

Amazon, Wednesday 05 February 2020, 11.30 to 14:15

Book your place on the Amazon company trek on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Book Amazon Company Trek here

  • Employer details:

    Amazon needs no introduction - a global brand.  Have you ever wondered how that product in your online shopping cart gets from Amazon to you? Are you interested in learning about; where products enter the warehouse; the stow process; picking orders; quality assurance; packing orders; shipping orders out.  This is your opportunity to learn - get behind the scenes. Furthermore, you will learn about the graduate programme Amazon operates. Dissect the recruitment process and acquire tips on the application process. This is your opportunity to meet the team and ask questions direct.  If you are considering a career at Amazon after graduation, this experience will be invaluable.  

  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all FINAL years STEM degree dicipline students, this is the employers preferences. Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 
  • Travel time to employer:  approximately one hour from the University of Birmingham campus to Coventry depending on traffic. Location is Lyons Park, Lyons Drive, Coventry, CV5 9PF
  • Dress code: Smart casual and flat closed toe shoes only. 
  • What's involved in this trek? 
    • A full tour of the fulfillment centre, learning about lean processes 
    • Students will discover details on graduate opportunities.
    • An opportunity for students to speak with the graduate recruiting team and  network with professionals on the day

Reynaers Aluminium Ltd, Wednesday 12th February 2020, 12.30 to 15:30


Book your place on the Raynaers company trek on Wednesday 12th February 2020

Book Reynaers Aluminium Company Trek here

  • Employer details: Reynaers Aluminium is a leading supplier of cutting-edge glazing solutions for a range of applications, including windows, doors, curtain walling, patio and swing entrance doors, façade systems and brise soleils. Their extensive range of high-quality aluminium glazing products have all been designed to provide maximum security, comfort and energy-efficiency, alongside a high level of design.  In addition to their standard range, we supply tailor-made solutions for the entire range of market sectors, from domestic to residential and industrial to commercial.

    As well as being a supplier, they also pride themselves on being a valuable partner for architects, project developers, fabricators, investors and end users.

  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all STEM degree dicipline students.

    The content of this day will be heavily technical. This is the employers preferences. Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 

  • Travel time to employer:  approximately  45 minutes from the University of Birmingham campus to Northfield, Birmingham depending on traffic. Location is 111 Hollymoor Way, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5HE
  • Dress code: Smart casual and flat closed toe and closed shoes only. 
  • What's involved in this trek? 
    • A networking lunch 
    • An overview of the company including interview tips from the director and recenet graduates. You will hear about the benefits of working for a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) compared to large graduate schemes. 
    • Particpate in skills development workshop including:  theory  covering the basics of aluminium systems and a practical session where students learn how a window is fabricated. 
    • There will be a Q & A session to answer all your questions too. 

Nology, Wednesday 26th February 2020, 13.00 to 15:30


Apply for the Nology company trek on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

Book Nology Company Trek here

  • Employer details: 

    Nology are championing the digital revolution by bringing essential tech skills to all through teaching three core coding languages and the essential soft skills to launch a thriving tech career. The tech skills gap is growing and Nology are determined to fill it by training the next generation of tech talent. They offer immersive training programmes designed to provide learners with the fundamental coding and professional skills to become a junior developer.

    If you think you would like to consider a career in code technology, this trek will offer you a short immersive experience. 

  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all degree dicipline students.

    The content of this day will be heavily technical. You will need to bring your own laptop and charger with you to particpate in the coding workshop.  Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 

  • Travel time to employer: approximately  2 hours from the University of Birmingham campus to Bristol depending on traffic. Location is Portwall Place, Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NA.
  • Dress code: Smart casual 
  • What's involved in this trek? 
    • Participate in an interactive coding session with expert coaches
    • Spend time with course mentors, learning what it's like to be a developer in modern software teams.
    • Learn about career opportunities and pathways in to technology, regardless of your background or experience
    • Meet some tech professionals to hear about their experiences while starting their tech career

MediaCom, Wednesday 26th February 2020, 14.00 to 16:00 

Book your place on the Mediacom Company Trek on Wednesday 26th February 2020

Book MediaCom Company Trek here

  • Employer details: 

    MediaCom's core business is media planning and buying but they are more than just that. They have an insights team, a web development team, a creative division that are all inter-connected to help meet  client’s requirements. This means that from start to finish they plan campaigns as an integrated system rather than a single channelled response to help  clients businesses grow across all touch points.  Their global client roster includes adidas, Coca-Cola (TCCC), Dell, Mars, NBC Universal, P&G, PSA, Richemont, Shell and Sony.  In 2018, they became the first network to hold all six major Media Network of the Year titles concurrently: Adweek, Campaign, Cannes Lions, Festival of Media Global, M&M Global and WARC Media 100.  If you are interested in exploring a advertising; media and or digital media career, then this comapny trek is for you.   

  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all degree dicipline students who are in their final year of study. This is the employer preference. Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 
  • Travel time to employer:  approximately 30 minutes from the University of Birmingham campus to Birmingham City Centre depending on traffic. Location is 23 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BS.
  • Dress code: Smart casual 
  • What's involved in this trek? 
    • You will learn about what a media agency does.

    • You will develop your knowledge on the media landscape and trends.  

    • You will participate in a Campaign Workshop to develop core skills.

    • You will meet professionals from MediaCom and be able to ask questions surrounding your graduate job ambitions.  

Eversheds Sutherland, Wednesday 11 March 2020, 15:00 to 17:00

Book your place on the Eversheds Sutherland company trek on Wednesday 11th March. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 11th March.

Book Eversheds-Sutherland Company Trek here

  • Employer details:   Eversheds Sutherland invite you to an exclusive evening of coaching and networking. They offer you a unique opportunity to explore the Birmingham office, meet the team and understand more about the firm and the recruitment process, to help you succeed in the application process. At Eversheds Sutherland, they believe that they are unique - more innovative, dynamic and approachable than the others, with a real collegiate culture. Many law firms may say this of course. Come and see for yourself, and at the same time, learn skills that will help you in your future career. They take pride in diversity and inclusion and  are committed to attracting a range of students from all backgrounds, who bring diversity of thought and approach to the firm.
  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all students but the employer preferences is for third/final years students. Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 
  • Travel time to employer: approximately 30 minutes. At employer site from 15.00 - 17.00 hours. Location is Colmore Row, Birmingham City Centre, B3 3AL.
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • What's involved in this trek? You will receive an overview of the company. Participate in exercises that will inform you of your strengths and how to tackle strengths based recruitment and also network with current trainees. 

Freeths LLP, Wednesday 18 March 2020, 13:00 to 14:30


Book a place on the Freeths company trek on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Book Freeths LLP Company Trek here

  • Employer details:  Freeths are a top 50, full service commercial law firm with 13 offices spread across the UK.  The growing firm has over 900 members of staff. The Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides consistently rank their lawyers in their top tiers. Their clients include Aldi, Tarmac, Experian, Lloyds Bank, and many charities, universities and businesses.   But there’s more to Freeths LLP than figures. Their ethos of “doing the right thing” and dedication to supporting charities and diversity makes Freeths a great place to work. They are rated in the Top 50 of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and Times Social Mobility Index. Not only are they recognised as one of the UK’s leading law firms, but they offer a friendly and dynamic environment to build your career. The award-winning firm is powered by a diverse, innovative team who live by our ethos of Freethinking and building trust.  Widely recognised for our inclusive attitude and diversity, winning ‘Firm of the Year’ at the UK Diversity Legal Awards and Inclusive Culture Award from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. So, if you’re looking for a forward-thinking workplace and see yourself as a business person as well as a legal professional, come be a part of the Freeths success story.
  • Eligibility: This trek is open to all students but the employer preferences is for third and or final years students and students from under-represented and or non-traditional backgrounds . Applications will be actively managed and so please use an email contact address you are likely to review frequently. 
  • Travel time to employer: approximately 30 minutes. Location: Freeths Solicitors, The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT. 
  • Dress code: Smart Casual
  • What's involved in this trek? You will receive an overview of Freeths and their graduate training programme. There will be a Panel Presentation that will cover 'working at Freeths and careers in law'.  Colleagues from the team will discuss their route into the profession.  Finally, there will be the chance to network and have an office tour. Take your chance to discover roles including: working of a legal assistant; Workings of a trainee role; workings of a Lawyer company - a business operation. 

Reasons to attend a Company Trek

Students who have attended a trek mentioned they gained:

  • Real insight into the culture of the environment to see if this suits you
  • Increase in knowledge of the sector and network of companies
  • Information about opportunities to apply for
  • An understanding of what suits their values, motivations and strengths by meeting employees to see first-hand how they work

79% of attendees in 2018/19 were in a plan or explore career stage.

Guide on how to apply for a Company Trek

We have created the 'Company Treks' initiative as we understand how important it is for you to experience the working environment before you apply and to help with making informed decisions about what's next. 

We therefore need to demonstrate your commitment for attending by completing a very short application form that should take up to 10 minutes to complete. Please click on the relevant trek above to complete this by the specified deadline. Once you have submitted your form, we will be in contact via email very soon after  to confirm whether or not you have a place on the trek. 

IMPORTANT: by applying for a Company Trek event, you are CONFIRMING that you are available to attend the set date and times. If you are successful with your application form but no longer available, please email benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk as soon as possible as we can give your place to another student. 

As we will be taking students to the employer, it is really important that you attend. Travel arrangements are organised by Careers Network at a financial cost. We also want to maintain  relationships with our external partners to help you with your career journey.

Employers - previous company treks

  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • British American Group
  • Birmingham City Football Club
  • Coutts Bank
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Entrepreneurs for the future
  • Ernst and Young
  • Freeths Solicitors
  • Google Digital Garage
  • Gowling WLG
  • HSBC
  • Lamb Chambers
  • Natwest Accelerator Birmingham
  • SOTI
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Wolverhampton City Council

A full list of companies has been listed above

A Company Trek can involve a tour of the employer's site, presentations from the employees and the opportunity to meet a range of people working at different levels. Whether you’re exploring your career options or seeking to build industry contacts, treks will give you the opportunity to meet industry experts and see what life is like on the inside of organisations.

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