Information for educators

About Year in Industry (YINI)

Although any pre-university student will have left school when they hopefully start their YINI placement, the student will have applied to the scheme sometime during year 13. The teacher is often ideally positioned to be able to identify students that would gain the most out of a YINI placement. A YINI placement is ideally suited to a STEM student capable of going to University and:

  • Either wants a year to consider whether Higher Apprenticeship or University is the right route


  • A student going to a University that doesn’t offer a placement year and wants a year’s worth of experience before they graduate

Students who miss a grade can be advised to take a year out to do retakes and students who get better than predicted grades can take a year out and re-apply to university. It is widely accepted that good industrial experience is a fundamental requirement for graduates. YINI can help find challenging and rewarding work placements across the country in a broad range of sectors.


YINI has been placing students in challenging and rewarding year long industrial & business placements for over 30 years. During this time we have gained significant knowledge and understanding of what makes a successful placement. What we offer is:

  • Fully supported year with an independent mentor assigned to each student.
  • Track record of student attaining better results after doing a successful YINI.
  • National coverage, working with multi nationals down to SME’s.
  • Additional training to make it a CPD year rather than just work experience.
  • Upon completion of their work experience, students are more enthusiasm and excel in projects at university, as well as having better time management.
  • An opportunity for the Student to build long term links with the Company i.e. sponsorship during university or future graduate employment

How it works?

  1. Student submits application to YINI via web site.
  2. Student interviewed by EDT prior to full acceptance on the scheme.
  3. Employers approach us outlining the kinds of roles they have / students they are looking for.
  4. EDT Placements team will search the registered students’ database to find suitable matches for employers and forward relevant CV’s to the company. In some cases we will contact universities / schools for specific candidates.
  5. The employer will identify which students they would like to interview and when.
  6. The EDT will deal with the administration arrangements informing the student.
  7. 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. 
  8. The EDT will assign a mentor to the student / company for the duration of the placement.
  9. Upon the student starting the EDT will invoice the Company for the placement fee.

How much does it cost?

YINI is free to educators and students. We receive funding from the companies we work with.

How to get involved

As one of the leading placement providers in the UK, hundreds of companies, from small to medium enterprises to multinationals have already taken advantage of our unique scheme – find out more by contacting our team here.