Year in Industry

Offering young people the opportunity to gain professional development by working in industry

We help place students aged 17+ in Year 13 or S5/S6 (Scottish equivalent) or undergraduate students in top UK companies and organisations every year, including, Rolls-Royce, EDF, Network Rail, Scottish Power and P&G. Typically, the programme lasts between 10-12 months and is a paid placement.

The Year in Industry has vacancies with companies working in technology, science, engineering, business and finance across the UK – from leading FTSE 100 companies to small innovative start-ups. 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.

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 Monday 10th June 2019

The University of Birmingham Research Park (Midlands Regional Event)

What will be involved?

For the duration of the placement, you will work on projects that will enable you to gain valuable work experience that employers are looking for.  You will receive full support from The Year in Industry through a year-long mentoring service at the company, including on-site visits from the YINI team.


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. Companies 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 companies and forward relevant CV’s to the company. In some cases we will contact universities / schools for specific candidates.

  5. The Company 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 company 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.

  9. Upon the student starting, EDT will invoice the company for the placement fee.


Who is it for?

YINI is for post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher or equivalent school leavers and Undergraduate students who are looking for work placements within technology, science, engineering, business and finance.


Students can apply to the programme, post A levels/ Highers/ Advanced Highers or equivalents for a year’s 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.


What are the benefits?


If you are a partner/employer

  • Access to talented and dedicated students to drive your business forward

  • An extra person in your team just when you need it

  • The opportunity to tackle short projects effectively for yourself and your clients

  • The ability to tackle emerging issues such as environmental audits

  • A way to tackle existing problems that you don’t have time to address

  • The opportunity to enhance the UK’s future workforce

  • Managed recruitment service from CV selection to offer stage which could feed into your apprenticeship and graduate programme support throughout the placement year


  • Get high quality work experience, even if you want to keep your options open

  • Gain skills that demonstrate competencies on your CV

  • Be set up with valuable contacts and opportunities for the future

  • Gain experience in a top UK company

  • Get the opportunity to obtain company sponsorship

  • Gain awareness of the available career opportunities

  • Check out alternative career routes e.g. Degree Apprenticeships

  • Earn a competitive salary

  • Opportunity to gain Platinum Level accreditation through the Industrial Cadet (IC) programme

  • Free service to post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher and Undergraduate students support throughout the placement

If you are a young person


  • 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 enthusiastic 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

If you are an educator


"This course gave me great insight into real life in the working world of STEM and I had fun along the way"

— Student

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