Getting Into Engineering

Engineering placements are a fantastic opportunity to get practical engineering experience, applying the theory of University to the technical requirements of the working world.


As a student placement offers you:

  • Boosting your CV
  • Paid work
  • Interesting and challenging projects
  • Opportunities to apply your learning
  • A break from study
  • Potential further training from your employer
  • Developing a network


Where to find placements:

  • Your University careers network
  • Websites such as:
    • WES Jobs
    • Gradcracker
    • RateMyPlacement
  • Attend careers fairs:
    • WES Student conference
    • EqualEngineers
    • Finding Ada Online Recruitment fair
  • Ask your network directly for either an opportunity or a contact

Still having problems finding a placement? Do get in touch with us and we can reach out to our members in your area to see if anyone can help you.

Engineering placements FAQ – read FAQ’s about placements written by students for students Login to members area.


As an employer, placement students offer you:

  • Excellent employees without long-term commitment
  • An opportunity to fill a temporary vacancy or get help with a project
  • A chance to raise your profile on campus among a future graduate workforce
  • Opportunities to develop links with the University, which may lead to joint research
  • Access to high quality future graduates

Where to advertise placements:

  • Advertise on WES Jobs, newsletter or journal
  • Or get in touch with WES about being a Partner with access to a wide range of benefits whether you are a SME or a Global brand.


What are Apprenticeships?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis,
apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector.

Meet Kelly Hannah

Kelly Hannah is an Advanced Technical Apprentice from BAE Systems.

See her story here
  • Apprenticeships The National Apprenticeships Scheme
  • Go Cracker – for apprenticeships in the STEM sector
  • SEMTA Apprenticeship Service including details of the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Higher Apprenticeship scheme
  • Professional Technician Technicians in a wide variety of engineering sectors
  • National Apprentice Service, run by the government
  • JTL Training – Apprenticeships

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