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

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

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 logistics, 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, 10:30 to 15:30

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 discipline students; this is the employer’s 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 fulfilment 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, 11:30 to 16:30

Book on to  company trek at Reynaers Aluminium Ltd on Wednesday 12th February.

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 students but STEM degree discipline students in particular.

The content of this day will be heavily technical. This is the employer’s 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 recent graduates. You will hear about the benefits of working for a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) compared to large graduate schemes. 

Participate 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, 11:00 to 17:30

Book on to the Nology company trek on Wednesday 26th February 2020 and get behind the scenes at a top UK employer.

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 discipline students.
  • The content of this day will be heavily technical. You will need to bring your own laptop and charger with you to participate 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, 13:00 to 16:30 

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 an advertising; media and or digital media career, then this company trek is for you.   

Eligibility: This trek is open to all degree discipline 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, 14:30 to 17:30

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 are for third/final year’s 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, 12:30 to 15:00


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 are 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
  • Accenture
  • 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
  • Huawei
  • Lamb Chambers
  • NatWest Accelerator Birmingham
  • SOTI
  • Smurfitt Kappa
  • 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.

39% of undergraduates who attend are first years

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