The industrial experience year is an option offered to students studying for any of the bachelors or full time taught postgraduate (masters) degrees we offer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.
This offers the student a chance to spend a year working with an employer in a role related to their degree subject, and offers you, as an employer, the chance to gain a talented, motivated employee for a year to help deliver, for example, a new project.
The aim for students is to:
What are the potential benefits for employers?
As well as providing students with valuable opportunities to enhance their employability skills, there are also clear benefits to the organisation in employing a placement student, including:
Students apply for placements during the second year of their course and take up the post in the Summer following their second year exams (June-September).
Their placement finishes by September of the following year, when they return to University to complete the final year of their degree.
From start to finish, a placement for an undergraduate must last for a minimum of 10 months.
A taught masters programme usually lasts one year – the industrial experience option extends this to two years. Students begin applying for placements any time after starting their first year (from Autumn time) and can take up a post from the September following the completion of their exams and MSc project.
From start to finish, a placement for a postgraduate must last for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 12 months.
The University will provide support throughout the entire placement process.
We do expect our students to receive a fair salary for the year’s work and the rate of pay varies widely according to the sector and role. Over the past few years salaries have ranged from £12K to £36K per annum.
No. You decide the precise length of the contract (within the limitations set out above) and following this, have no further employment obligations.
This makes the scheme an ideal option if you want to fill a skills gap or complete a fixed project without the long term commitment of a permanent employee.
In practice, however, we often see employers so impressed with our students that they decide to offer them a permanent position after they’ve completed their degree.
As the work placement is an integral part of their degree programme, overseas students doing a placement do not need additional work visas or paperwork from you as the employer.
VJ didn’t think his industrial experience year
working for UVD, a digital agency, would
involve working out on a rowing machine, but when he took a lead role in designing software for British Rowing, that’s just what he ended up doing. The product he worked on is being piloted before a potential roll-out across a nationwide gym company.
Milka completed her industrial experience year at ITRS Group. She impressed them so much during the programme that she was sent to represent the company in New York at a client site visit and they’ve kept her on part-time as she completes her final year back at university.
If you would like to advertise a vacancy or ask any questions about employing one of our students please contact:
Industrial Placement Manager
W: 020 7882 8532
M: 07500 993810