School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Year in industry

All our undergraduate degree 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.

Ten reasons for doing the Year in Industry

  1. Put the knowledge gained at university into practice in the real world.
  2. Experience life in the workplace and gain transferable organisational and management skills that can only be learnt in employment.
  3. Earn money. The average placement salary outside of London was £15,000 in 2010/11 (in London the average was £17,000).
  4. Improve your employment prospects.
  5. Confirm your career choice.
  6. You may receive a graduate job offer from your placement company.
  7. Gain first-hand experience of the recruitment and interview process.
  8. Get a better degree. ASET, the professional body that promotes work-based learning, found students on sandwich courses were more likely to achieve a first, or 2.1 than those on regular degrees.
  9. Use the knowledge gained on the Year in Industry for your final year project.
  10. Have fun, meet new people and network with industry experts.


ASET Prize

Job Search EngineThe School of Engineering and Digital Arts is a member of the Association of Sandwich Education and Training (ASET) which is the professional body for placement and employability staff. Membership of this educational charity ensures that the Placement Office staff are kept up-to-date with best practice in the field of work-based learning.

Tim Chapman, a final year Computer Systems Engineering student, who recently completed an industrial Placement at BAE Systems Ltd, won the annual essay competition run by ASET with a prize of £700.

Download Tim's essay.


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Last Updated: 30/08/2017