Based on his research on offshoring, reshoring and shared service centres, Ian Herbert is developing proposals for organisations to use students on a range of tasks and thus, gain sufficient cost advantage to negate the main attraction of offshoring. Students could gain work experience that is becoming scarcer as the professional ‘training nurseries’ are offshored. By ‘earning while they learn’ students might be able to graduate debt free (or near to debt free) and this would greatly increase the opportunities for wider social inclusion, and maybe result in a lower need for bursaries? Universities engaging in the scheme should increase student recruitment and improve their exit employability. There may also be opportunities to work with campus‑based business process centres to develop world‑leading business support systems in the way that manufacturing collaborations with HE are supported.