Software firm aids city students seeking jobs

James Fox, centre, with work placement students Steven Prescott, Carl Jones, Jonathan Booker, and Brad Gyton
James Fox, centre, with work placement students Steven Prescott, Carl Jones, Jonathan Booker, and Brad Gyton
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A software company started by two Sheffield Hallam University graduates is helping city students prepare for the world of work.

Fountain Precinct-based 3Squared develops custom web-based and mobile applications for companies and brands.

The firm has provided long-term placements for more than 20 students, with many going on to secure full-time positions.

Sheffield Hallam graduates James Fox and Tim Jones founded the business in 2002, when they were looking to turn what they had learned from their studies into real-world success.

The company now employs around two dozen full-time staff and says providing student placements is a good way of remaining flexible and dynamic in the fast-changing world of IT, while also benefitting the students.

James Fox said: “We remember what it’s like to be full of bright ideas but not be able to turn them into reality because of a lack of experience.

“Offering placements means we can benefit from a stream of original perspectives on our work. The 10 years we’ve been trading is an absolute age in the tech industry.

That makes it particularly useful – if sometimes a little eye-opening – to get the viewpoint of younger people who’ve literally grown up in the internet and mobile tech age.”

“We’re proud to be working so closely with the likes of Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield Universities, nurturing and supporting young talent. With two great universities, we’ve got around 50,000 students right on our doorstep.Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam are both ‘destination universities’, meaning that those students include the brightest and best from around the country and overseas.”