About Us

ESPA was launched by two individuals with a desire to provide high quality work placements for EU students. Why?

Madeline has an extensive background in the education sector, as a student, teacher and university lecturer. Her work has taken her across the globe and she has worked full time in 4 countries outside of the UK. She has talked with friends in Europe whose children are starting degree courses and are nervous about the placement element of the course. Will they have support to get settled into a new country, will the company treat them as any full time paid employee, will the whole experience be positive? Madeline wants to make sure the answer to these questions is yes, an ESPA placement will be right for all concerned.

Colin has a business background, sales focused, initially UK, but in the last 15 years throughout the world. He has sold products on a direct and distributor basis in over 32 countries but remains a typical Brit with very limited language skill. Having had the benefit of EU students taking up placements with him in his last business role he saw first hand the major impact these highly motivated, skilled and ambitious people could bring to an organisation. It became apparent from talking with these students that some of their friends weren’t having such a good placement experience and were not benefiting from being fully involved in a job role or project. Colin wants to make sure that placement experiences are positive, an ESPA placement will be right for the student, the host company, the university and concerned friends and family.

The company is based in a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Bath. With two universities and over 3.8 million day visitors each year it is a vibrant city full of culture, museums, theatre and sport.