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Sara Jane-Tonks, BEng Mechanical Engineering, describing her placement at Nissan.

For Business

Mutual Benefit

Engaging with students through work experience provides organisations with a great opportunity to access talented, enthusiastic individuals who can bring additional skills, expertise and capacity to a project. 

Do you have a project you don't have time to complete or feel do you need to develop a particular area of the business but you're not sure it needs a permanent member of staff at the moment? Do you find it difficult to recruit engineers with relevant skills and experience? Then offering work experience may be an attractive option.

Based on our experience, both students and employers benefit significantly from the placement year. Students gain considerable experience in technical and personal skills; the employer also gains from the contributions made by an enthusiastic trainee. Following an initial period of acclimatisation, students gain sufficient confidence to accept more responsibility and require less supervision; thus becoming a cost-effective member of staff. Many of our students have gone on to secure permanent positions with the same company. 

Placement Format

At Bradford, industrial placements take the form of a 12-month period of paid industrial training, typically between the students' second and third years of academic study. The placement forms an integral part of the degree course; each student is visited twice by an academic tutor and progress is monitored through completion of log books and reports. 

Placements usually start anywhere between May and September for approximately 12 months. Salaries offered by organisations typically vary between £14k and £20k. 

During the first two years of their degree course, our students develop a sound understanding of engineering principles through a balance of theory, practical skills and team based learning. The exposure to practical engineering and project work prepare the students to make a positive contribution during their industrial placement.   

Engineering disciplines taught at Bradford

  • Chemical
  • Civil and Structural
  • Design
  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Mechanical and Automotive
  • Medical and Healthcare

Benefits for Employers

  • Potential to develop high-quality employees without long term commitment
  • Provides an extra resource, new ideas and enthusiasm
  • Opportunity to develop links with the university, which may lead to joint research projects
  • Invest in the next generation
  • Opportunity to fill a temporary vacancy or get help with a project
  • Access to specialist skills
  • Assess whether there is a need for a role on a longer-term basis
  • The placement student/graduate could become a future full-time employee

Benefits for students

  • Gain valuable work experience to enhance future employability
  • Develop transferable skills
  • Apply engineering principles to practical situations
  • Experience an industry and its culture
  • Opportunity to network and develop contacts