School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Year in industry – Engineering

All our BEng and MEng programmes can incorporate an additional year spent in industry. This year away occurs between the second and third years of study and is suitable for anyone who wants to experience life in a commercial environment. It gives students valuable industrial experience, enhances their employability and provides a chance to evaluate a potential employer as well as earn some money.

All students registered for the Year in Industry programme are eligible to apply for the Sponsored Student Scheme, which extends the placement concept to allow students to become more involved with a company, throughout their studies.


Study and career benefits

Employers are very keen to employ graduates who already have work experience. So this year can greatly enhance your job prospects by providing you with real commercial experience. It also allows you to evaluate a particular career path, and gain knowledge of the working environment. If your placement is a success, you may even be offered a job with the same employer after graduation.

The practical experience can also be put to good use in your final year of study, helping you to gain a better degree. It gives you a sense of how the theory works in practice and improves your skills in many areas.

Finding a placement

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has a dedicated Placement Office that helps you secure a placement and supports you during your Year in Industry. During your second year at university, you will not only learn how to write applications for placements, but also do mock interviews and receive help with assessment centre preparation through the University Careers Service. Moreover, the Placement Office organises a series of employer presentations on campus and advertises jobs.

When you are on your placement, we stay in contact with you via email and telephone and you will receive at least one visit from the Placement Officer during your placement year.

This high level of support exceeds that provided by most other universities offering placement schemes.

Salary and benefits

Students will usually work on placement for the entire calendar year. Salary and holiday entitlements vary according to the employer for which you work. However, many students find that they earn enough to be able to save some of their income, and this often helps them during their final year of studying at Kent.

Keeping in touch with Kent

The University maintains close contact with you during your year away. The industrial placement year is assessed by a combination of employer feedback and academic evaluation. You will be required to keep a log of your training and work experience during the year and to write a report on your placement experience.

School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Jennison Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NT

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Last Updated: 30/08/2017