When do placements start and finish?

Most placements typically start in July/ August/ September and finish in July/ August of the following year, but this can vary. Placements are between 10-12 months long.

Where are placements located?

Placements are available throughout the UK and flexibility on your location will increase your placement opportunities, although we will always try to place you in your preferred location.

EDT Placements can be a great opportunity to explore another part of the country. Around a third of students choose to live away from home.

Can I choose where I work?

We will ask you for your preferences on sector, types of company etc. We aim to match you with the company best placed to give you relevant experience, but we cannot guarantee a placement in a specific company.

What kind of work will I do?

Individual placements are highly diverse. They might involve carrying out research, designing prototypes, planning projects, marketing and comms, devising networking methods, data projects, process improvement, software development, financial planning and much more.

We only work with companies who can guarantee you work with senior staff on projects addressing real business issues.

How much will I be paid?

Typically, students can earn from approximately £12,000 up to £17,000, dependant upon age, experience and company salary structure.

Are there opportunities for sponsorship or graduate employment?

Yes. Many companies use the EDT Placements scheme to select graduate recruits, some students are sponsored or offered bursaries through university and even more are guaranteed holiday work.

Will my university mind me taking a year out with EDT Placements?

Many universities actively endorse a year in industry programme and recognise how it helps pre-university students develop both intellectually and emotionally. If you are thinking of deferring your university entry you should tell your university admissions tutor (explaining why) and check the deadline for deferrals.

If you are undertaking a degree with the option or expectation of taking a year out for industrial experience (typically known as a 'sandwich' year, then your university will already acknowledge the value of year in industry and the scheme provides a valuable resource for undergraduates seeking a year in industry placement or internship).

What support does YINI offer during the year?

You receive guidance from the placements team an EDT mentor and you are assigned a manager with the company. You will also get the chance to meet other Year in Industry students and benefit from free optional Master Class Workshops to support your continued professional development.


Students placed by EDT now have the opportunity to gain Platinum Level or Platinum Leader accreditation through the Industrial Cadet (IC) programme for the work they complete during their placement. EDT Placement students will complete a competency and skills-based logbook and be able to support their own continued professional development even further by attending optional workshops through the Master Class series.

Won't my mathematical skills fade during a year out?

You will continually be applying theory in a practical context which will enhance your skills.Pre-University students who secure a placement through EDT Placements will have access to a bespoke on-line maths course provided by the Mathematics in Education and Industry organisation www.mei.org.uk. The course covers selected topics from A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics relevant to maths and maths-related courses in higher education. The course is designed to enable pre-university EDT Placement participants to consolidate and develop maths skills while they spend a year in industry prior to university entry. The course costs £90 and is made available to students once they have confirmed their placement through EDT Placements.

How do I apply?

Apply online here. Once you have registered, we will contact you to discuss the next stage of the application process.

Am I guaranteed a placement?

No. As students are employed directly by the company, EDT Placements cannot guarantee a placement for every applicant. However, students applying early and being flexible about the type of work will certainly increase their chances.

Am I eligible?

EDT Placements welcomes students who are:

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • School leavers who have completed A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher or equivalents.
  • Undergraduate students who are looking for work placements in engineering, IT/ computing, science, business and finance within STEM industries.

Do students have to pay for this service?

There is no charge for students for this service, if you are successful in gaining a placement you will be paid directly by the company and EDT will not take a cut.