Year in Industry
The Year in Industry provides you with an opportunity to engage with enthusiastic and knowledgeable students who can make a valuable contribution to your company.
To advertise your opportunity or if you have any questions please contact Isabelle Halton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What are the benefits?
- Helps you to identify talent early on, supporting future recruitment
- Students can bring new perspectives and ideas when undertaking projects and tasks
- Raise your company profile with students and academics, supporting potential future collaborations
Which degree programmes are involved?
Students on the following degree programmes are eligible to take a year in industry:
- MEng Aerospace Engineering
- MEng Civil Engineering
- MEng Engineering Design
- MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- MEng Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
- MEng Engineering Mathematics
- MEng Mechanical Engineering
What support can the university provide?
- We advertise and promote placement opportunities to students
- We provide you with an opportunity to present about your placement to students
- We can support the application process
What are the placement requirements?
We are responsible for approving placement opportunities. To be approved, placements must:
- Be salaried between £17,000 - £23,000 per annum / pro rata
- Be full-time for a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 12 months
- Allocate the student a supervisor, who is responsible for the student's work and wellbeing during their placement
- Ensure students are employees and subject to the terms and conditions of the company, and employment and health and safety laws
Additionally, the role must allow the student to meet the Intended Learning Outcomes of the Year in Industry assessments. We are happy to discuss placements with you and answer any questions you have.
How can we get involved?
- Contact us with details of your placement opportunity (e.g. a job description)
- We will advertise your opportunity to students
- Students apply to your opportunity and you arrange interviews
- Once a student has been offered a placement and that offer has been accepted, you issue the student with a contract of employment. The University will issue a letter of engagement for you to sign and request health and safety and insurance documents
What are the timeframes for the year in industry?
We would recommend that you advertise your opportunity between September and December. Interviews can take place between October and February. In special circumstances we will consider late promotion of opportunities between March and the end of April. We will not hold interviews during revision and assessment periods, dates of which can be viewed here.
Students can start their placements from mid-June. We recommend that they begin their placement before the end of September. Placements can be extended if agreed between the company and the student. Students are required to have finished their placement by September 2023 when they return to university.
What will we need to do?
Before the placement begins:
- Return the required paperwork and sign a letter of engagement
- Allocate the student an industrial supervisor. They are responsible for the student's work and wellbeing during their placement
- Provide an induction for the student
During the placement:
- The academic supervisor will visit the student and industrial supervisor
- Both the student and company maintains contact with the university and responds regarding the placement process
Students will write and present two short reports. These will be assessed by academic staff, with input from the industrial supervisor:
- Mid-November / six to eight weeks after starting: a two-page report describing the company, the student's intended work, and identifying potential training and mentoring needs
- Mid-May / shortly before completion of the placement: a 3,000 word report describing the work undertaken and its likely impact for the company, plus personal development activites
As the placement provider, you will be required to undertake a review of the students' progress halfway through the placement.