Placement support at the College of Engineering

Before and during the placement year

Spending a Year in Industry as part of your degree at the College of Engineering, you will be:

  • Fully supported in securing industrial placements 
  • Given a suite of preparatory sessions
  • Provided with placement support materials
  • Provided with information about suitable placement employers through long standing relationships with a host of engineering employers
  • Visited by placement tutors at place of work

We have a team of mentors at the College of Engineering. They will provide you as a Year in Industry student with pre-placement lectures, to prepare you for work, review and approve CV's and application forms, and provide support throughout the application period. 

During the placement year, the mentor will visit you as a placement student at your place of work, to ensure you have been through an induction process and are settled in the company. They will also ensure the work programme is appropriate for the placement year, enabling you to derive the maximum benefit from your time in the company.

Year in Industry structure - preparatory year 

Semester 1

  • Job preparation lectures
  • Preparing CV’s and cover letters
  • Preparing application forms
  • Preparing for skills assessments and psychometric tests
  • Interview techniques and mock interviews
  • Team work skills
  • Presentations from companies seeking placement students
  • Presentations from students just returning from their industrial placement year
  • Discuss job opportunities and questions
  • One to one ongoing advice and support
  • Placement opportunities list
  • Outduction sessions / networking

Semester 2

  • Drop in sessions to discuss opportunities and questions
  • Company presentations
  • Continue with applications/interviews
  • Health and Safety lecture before departing for placement
  • Mock interviews

Year in Industry structure - placement year

Each student will be assigned a Year in Industry Tutor for the duration of their placement who will:

  • Visit or Skype calls to students in work place to ensure:
    • Suitable work environment
    • Suitable work programme
    • Adequately inducted
    • Progress being made on University portfolio requirements
    • Pastoral handbook
  • Contact the placement student’s line manager or supervisor to discuss student's progress
  • Discuss any questions from workplace or student
  • Receive standard reports from students, their supervisors and provide report to university for each student, after visit

The final part of the placement year is to submit a project folder to the College of Engineering and to carry out a presentation about the placement experience.

Also to celebrate your year in industry there will be:

  • Awards evening to recognise your achievements
  • Dinner provided

Year in Industry - Poster Presentation