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Start feeling at home with your future career

Leaving university with real-life work experience gives you the edge in today’s competitive employment market. Aimed at undergraduates on courses that include industrial experience, our 12-month placements (starting July each year) introduce you to our fast-growing, fast-moving retail business. Impress us while you're here and we'll offer you a job when you graduate.

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What we offer

This is your chance to put the theory you've learned on your degree course in real work situations. Over 12 months, you'll gain hands-on experience in your chosen business area and take on a business-related project. You’ll get to know different people and departments, take advantage of in-house training courses, and benefit from plenty of coaching and support. It’s an intensive year, but one that will help you develop the technical, business and personal skills to launch a great career.

Sam - Undergraduate Placement Programme

From classroom to workplace and back again

Sam came to Dunelm for a year’s work experience during his studies at Loughborough University. He played a vital role in Dunelm’s smooth transition to a new container haulier by helping to prepare the tender, negotiate the contract and bring the new haulier on board. Along the way he’s had training in leadership and other skills he can take forward to his future career. He hopes to return to Dunelm when he graduates.

"By applying my university knowledge to the workplace and being ready to learn, I’ve been able to make a real contribution to the business."

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Placements near me

We have opportunities in the following business areas and locations:

  • Buying (Leicester)
  • Merchandising (Leicester)
  • Marketing (Leicester)
  • Digital (Leicester)
  • Logistics & Supply Chain (Stoke-on-Trent)

What happens next?

Make your application

Follow the on-screen instructions and, when you’re happy with your form, press submit.


We look through the information to assess how suitable you are for the role. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Assessment centre

If you pass initial screening, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre where you’ll meet us and other applicants. Before you come we’ll ask you to visit a store. On the day you’ll take part in a few simple exercises that help you show off your skills and decide if the role is right for you.

Final decision

Within a week, we’ll give you feedback on your performance and, with any luck, we’ll offer you a job!