A Year In Industry with EDT

EDT Industrial Cadets

Year in Industry Placement Opportunities

This may be of particular interest to our S5/6 pupils who successfully completed their Industrial Cadets Challenger Level course.

Established over 30 years ago, the EDT provides over 40,000 work related practical learning experiences each year through taster days, industry led projects and placements to aspire young people considering a STE(A)M based career.

The nationally recognised Industrial Cadets accreditation is a quality standard for programmes to meet a national standard of excellence. The introduction of Industrial Cadets strengthens EDT’s links between educators, partners and employers and continues to enable organisations to make invaluable connections with STE(A)M based young talent across the UK.

The Year in Industry (YINI) programme offers students the opportunity to gain professional development by working at a reputable company. EDT will help place students in top UK companies every year. They have placements for students who are interested in a career in all areas of engineering, science, IT, business, marketing and finance, the programme lasts for 12 months and is a paid placement.

EDT’s placements offer students the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Around a quarter of all their students are sponsored through university each year, and many of their 300 partner companies see The Year in Industry as an important part of their graduate recruitment programme.

For the duration of the placements students will work on projects that will enable them to gain valuable work experience that employers are looking for.  They will receive full support from The Year in Industry through a year-long mentoring service including on-site visits from the YINI team.  They have a maths course for keeping skills up to date and free master class workshops on a variety of topics.

Applications are online and the link to apply, with further information, can be found here http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/apply-now

Link to the current vacancies around the UK can be found at http://www.etrust.org.uk/year-industry/vacancies and we will be adding many more.


FAQs and how the scheme works

When do placements start and finish?

This varies from company to company. Most placements start In July/August/September and finish July to Sept of the following year.

What kind of work do students do?

They may be carrying out research, designing prototypes, planning projects, handling customers’ needs; managing projects, manipulating data, modelling or devising new working methods, fault finding & process improvement, test & verification, CAD work. Projects vary considerably and are dependent on company needs.   The placements are wide ranging in engineering, science, technology, maths, business, finance and many more disciplines.

Where are placements located?

We place students throughout the United Kingdom. Ability to be flexible about location increases the students’ chance of finding a placement but we try to work with students own preferences wherever possible.

Can students live away from home?

Yes, many of our students do. They often arrange house shares with other students placed in their area.

What choice do students have about companies?

We aim to match students with a company, which will give them relevant experience, but we cannot guarantee the student a placement in a specific company or sector. We are happy to follow up contacts students may already have in companies of their choice.

How much are students paid?

As a guide, salaries can range around £12,000 – £15,000+ p.a. depending on your entry level (i.e. Pre-university or Undergraduate). Undergraduates can earn up to £17K +

Is there a chance of sponsorship for University or graduate opportunities?

Certainly. Many of our companies use the scheme to select for sponsorships, vacation work and future graduate employment.

Is there a chance of getting onto a company Higher Apprenticeship?

Yes, a small number of YINI students will go onto join their placement company’s apprenticeship scheme on completion of their placement.

What do Universities think if pre-university students opt to take part in The Year in Industry?

Students should tell their admissions tutor that they are considering ‘deferred entry’. In almost every case they encourage industrial experience. It may be better to get a Year in Industry placement confirmed before definitely deferring. Ask your first choice and reserve universities what their cut off date is for deferring.

What support does the scheme offer during the year’s work?

A mentor service throughout the placement with mentors visiting the student at their place of work.

What else does YINI offer?

  • To get you ahead of the game in the work environment, we offer optional free employability/leadership workshops.
  • All students are encouraged to register for Professional Institute Membership.

Are students guaranteed a place on the scheme?

No. There is competition for places, as demand for placements always exceeds supply. The final decision rests with companies, who will be influenced by examination grades/ Module results personal qualities, and motivation.

What can I do to maximise my application and chances of success

You will need to ensure you have sent us your evidence of entitlement to work in the UK.  Ensure you send us a complete and updated YINI format CV and respond to our emails and messages promptly. Above all you need to be open minded about roles that will become available and their location.



The YINI Placement Process – How the scheme works


Step 1 September onwards

Meet the registration requirements

¨       Aim for good exam/ module  results

¨       You should have the ability to go to university/ apply for       apprenticeship schemes  or be taking a placement year as part of your   current degree

¨       Motivated to work for a year

¨       Some ability & skills in IT advantageous

¨       EEA nationality, or appropriate permission to work in UK

Step 2 September onwards

Complete & submit application

¨       Apply anytime on-line at www.yini.org.uk, but please note that there           are better opportunities for applications received by the beginning of          January

¨       You will be contacted via email with instructions on how to complete your application: request for Evidence of Entitlement to work in the UK and CV update (generated from  your on-line application)

Step 3 October onwards

Telephone interview with YINI staff

¨       You will receive your YINI contact numbers/ emails via email

¨       Contact us to conduct or arrange your telephone interview

¨       You will also be invited to attend Interview and CV workshops

Step 4 Oct/ Nov onwards

Post interview email

¨       Post interview email

¨       Receive Welcome email with further scheme information.

Step 5 Dec – September

Register interest in placement vacancies-  attend interviews

at company premises

¨       Requirements matched between students & companies.

¨       Register your  interest in YINI web vacancies/ respond to YINI vacancy emails

¨       http://www.etrust.org.uk/year-industry/vacancies

¨       Placement Interviews arranged by YINI, usually on company premises.

¨       Keep in touch with YINI staff and tell us if your plans change

Step 6 January – September

Accept placement offer

¨       If offer made by company – 3 days to accept/reject.

¨       If accepting ensure university entry deferred/ University approval by Placement office secured

Step 7 August – September

Join company

¨       Commence industrial placement.

¨       You will be employed directly by your placement company

¨       YINI will stay in touch and provide support throughout your placement

¨       First YINI mentor visit follows shortly.

¨       Enter Regional and National competitions – details will be provided by YINI

¨       Further YINI mentor visit to check on progress.

Step 8 During Placement Year
Personal Development ¨       Free business courses offered at various UK venues

Any pupil who is interested but would like further advice/help should speak with Mr McCarthy.



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