About YINI

The Year in Industry (YINI) programme offers students the opportunity to gain professional development by working at a reputable company. We help place students in top UK companies and organisations every year, including, Rolls-Royce, EDF, Network Rail and P&G. Typically, the programme lasts for 12 months and is paid. We have placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics. Our placements offer students the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Around a quarter of all our students are sponsored through university each year and many of our 300 partner companies see The Year in Industry as an important part of their graduate recruitment programme.

Why take part in the Year in Industry

  • Gain insight into a particularly industry or role
  • Take on real responsibilities and gain valuable experience
  • Earn while you learn
  • Develop transferable skills and increase your employability
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge that you have gained at school/college/university
  • Help decide on your next career step, the apprenticeship route or the degree route

Who is The Year in Industry for?

YINI is for post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher and undergraduate students who are looking for work placements within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Students can apply to the programme as a gap year post A levels either as a years work experience prior to going to university or as a year to help decide on the future direction of their career be that Higher Apprenticeship, University or work, or during their degree course itself. The programme offers wide range of benefits for both the educators, students and employers. 

How it works

  1. Student submits application to YINI via web site and are interviewed prior to acceptance.
  2. Employers approach us outlining the kinds of roles they have / students they are looking for.
  3. EDT Placements team will search the registered students’ database to find suitable matches for companies and forward relevant CV’s to the employer. In some cases we will contact universities / schools for specific candidates.
  4. The employer will identify which students they would like to interview and when, and then EDT will arrange these with the students.
  5. The employer will interview the student and decide whether they want to offer a placement to the student.  If they do the EDT will relay the offer to the Student and assign a mentor to the student and company.
  6. Upon the student starting the EDT will invoice the employer for the placement fee.

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The EDT would like to thank our sponsors and supporters of The Year in Industry scheme. We are also grateful for the support of the hosting companies.

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Participating companies