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The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) is an independent registered charity whose mission is to encourage young people to fulfil their potential through careers in science, engineering and technology. Established in 1984, the EDT is a leading national provider of work related learning programmes targeting 11-21 year olds and annually involves over 6000 students. The Trust aims to inspire and motivate young people into choosing a STEM career by giving them the opportunity to experience real life exposure to industry, business and higher education. By creating opportunities for young people to engage with science, engineering and technology, the EDT aims to inspire the engineers and scientists of the future EDT comprises 6 programmes; First Edition, Go4SET, Open Industry, Engineering Education Scheme, Headstart and The Year in Industry First Edition (11-15 years) - hands-on curriculum enrichment days targeted at underrepresented groups (including girls, ethnic minorities, first in family to go to university). Held at schools/colleges and universities where pupils take part in hands-on activities and find out about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). ÂŁ10 per pupil Open Industry (all ages) takes students from the classroom into the workplace through curriculum focused company visits designed to be inspiring and educationally valuable. Students get to see theoretical concepts come to life through practical applications in real working environments. The programme enables students to engage with STEM role models who provide careers information, helping to inform choices about study and career routes. There is no cost to schools in Scotland Go4SET (11-14 years) is a work related learning scheme, designed to stimulate students interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Teams of six pupils get a taste of real-life industry in a 10-week programme exploring STEM prior to making their subject option choices. Go4SET provides an environmentally themed STEM project which is relevant to both the school and company. There is no cost to schools in Scotland The Engineering Education Scheme in England &Scotland (16/17 years) links engineering, applied science and technological companies with talented 16/17 year old students to solve real and live problems. During the 5/6 month project phase the students work with engineers and companies on a real project. They are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team work and project management. Working closely with organisations and schools, the EES provides this in-depth experience to raise awareness of work and careers available and hopes to provide the motivation and inspiration to continue on a career path involving science, engineering and technology. The cost for each pupil in the team is ÂŁ90

Headstart (16/17 years) is a well-established summer school programme held at nearly 40 universities that aims to encourage talented students to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. It provides an opportunity for those interested in STEM subjects to spend up to a week at university, prior to making their UCAS applications. Headstart students are in Year 12/S5 and make more informed choices about their degree courses and future career as a result of attending. Treated as undergraduates while on campus, they meet senior staff and academics, recent graduates and prospective employers. The cost to each student is between £210 and £250 and does not include travel costs. Bursaries are available for those in need. The Year in Industry (pre-university/undergraduate) is a leading national provider of UK based work placements and provides paid, degree relevant work placements for students in the year out prior to attending university or during their degree course. We provide them with an optional Maths Course and a free Business Management course during their year. Each year around 1000 of the country’s sharpest young people apply to the scheme, searching for challenging work experience. YINI specialises in work placements for all aspects of Engineering, Science, IT and Computing, Business and much more. We provide companies with the opportunity to recruit highly motivated talented individuals before anyone else, so that they can benefit from their potential as trained graduate recruits. Year on year over 250 leading UK businesses work with The Year in Industry. If you are interested in any of the above programmes then contact us: Telephone 0141 548 4152 e-mail website:

A year long structured work placement


Fast track your future career

Get paid Be confident

Time to shine 96% of YINI students are employed or on further study

Eligibility YINI welcomes students who are: • Eligible to work in the UK • Interested in gaining real world work experience in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and general business experience in STEM organisations • Highly motivated

Placement possibility Students: • Students earn a salary paid by the company • Can specify location preferences • Are employed as a full-time employee by the placement company and adhere to their terms & conditions • Are encouraged to apply for the regional and national awards

Fast track your future career

Please note: YINI cannot guarantee that every student will be placed. Students may not wish to defer their university place until a placement has been offered and accepted.

Give your CV the competitive edge – improve your employability skills and get early access to future employers.

Student support

99% said YINI had a positive impact on their career

Improve your prospects A year long structured work placement will give you real business experience, help you get a better degree and will set you up for life with contacts, experience and opportunities. “I highly recommend that students take a working gap year – they tend to get better jobs and are ultimately better off financially, especially in the current competitive job market” “John Proust,

Following registration, students are: • Interviewed by their local YINI office • Offered a place at the YINI ‘Interview Workshops’ (dependent on time of year and region) • Supported by the local YINI office • Helped with CV preparation During the placement: • A YINI mentor is assigned to each student for guidance throughout the placement • A company employee is identified to support the student • The regional team supports the student and company throughout the placement • Students are offered the following courses • A business management/leadership course • A bespoke distance learning maths course run by Loughborough University (additional cost)

Project Manager, Oxand

Get paid You get a salary from the company and through YINI you get one-to-one mentoring, leadership training and an optional maths course.

“Your chance to give yourself a great start” Alastair Crockett, YINI in 2003

Placement duration

8 steps to your Year in Industry Placement

• One academic year – between 9 and 12 months.

Step 1

Start dates • Placements typically start in July, August or September. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible – the earlier the application the more opportunities available.

Meet the entrance requirements

Costs • A non-refundable registration fee of £25 is payable at the time of registering or by cheque to the regional office. The fee is to cover the administration fee (YINI is run by the education charity EDT). • A cost will be incurred if students choose the Loughborough Maths Course.

Step 2

Complete application

by the end of January • Aim for good exam results • You should have the ability to go to university or be taking a placement year as part of your degree • Motivated to work • Some ability & skills in IT advantageous • EEA nationality, or permission to work in the UK

September onwards • Apply anytime on-line at Please note that there are better opportunities for applications received by end of January • Register with first choice region • Welcome Pack sent

Step 3

Administration • EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is a registered education charity in England and Wales (1002459) and in Scotland (SC039635). The EDT portfolio includes First Edition, Go4SET, Open Industry, Engineering Education Scheme (England & Scotland), Headstart and The Year in Industry.

Interview with Year in Industry staff

• Interviews held in first choice region • Invited to an Interview & CV Workshop (regional variations)

Step 4

Confirmation of registration Step 5

Attend interviews at company premises

“An excellent springboard to get an introduction to the working world”

November onwards

November onwards • Registration confirmed in writing • Receive registration pack with further information

January – September • Requirements matched between students & companies • Interviews arranged on company premises • Also interviews arranged for selected candidates with companies in other regions

Step 6

January – September

Accept placement offer

• Following on-site company interview • Defer university entry

Step 7

July – August – September

Ray Arrell, YINI in 2004

Join company “YINI strengthened my application to university, helped my studies and made me a stronger candidate for getting a job”

Step 8

Personal development courses

Elaine Lister, YINI in 1994

• Commence industrial placement • First mentor visit follows shortly • Further mentor visit to check on progress

July – August – September • A Business Management/Leadership course • A bespoke distance learning maths course run by Loughborough University (additional cost)

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EDT General Enquiries T: 01707 871 520 E:

EDT Midlands T: 0115 951 6688 E:

EDT North T: 0161 278 2497 E:

EDT Scotland T: 0141 548 4152 E:

EDT South East T: 023 8059 7061 E:

EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is a registered education charity in England and Wales (1002459) and in Scotland (SC039635). The EDT portfolio includes First Edition, Go4SET, Open Industry, Engineering Education Scheme (England & Scotland), Headstart and The Year in Industry.

EDT South West T: 01752 762 111 E:




Selex ES


Madeleine Drew


Mark Hartree


Optimizing the data analysis process for the SiREUS MEMS Gyroscope for Space

Project Details The SiREUS MEMS gyroscope originates in the automotive industry and has been developed and adapted for use on satellites. It is a critical component to maintain the satellite orientation facing the Earth so communications, such as mobile phones or even images from Google Earth, are continuous. Rotation of a satellite can be caused by even the smallest piece of space debris colliding with the satellite and if it doesn’t know which way it is spinning then million pounds worth of satellite will be useless. Satellite gyros such as SiREUS must be thoroughly tested to assure the buyers that the system won’t fail once deployed. The previous process of analysis was very labour intensive with virtually every step a manual step and taking over an hour per gyro. The 3 programmes I wrote to aid the engineers automate every step after the initial criteria input freeing up countless hours of the engineers time and reducing the cost of the project and reducing processing time per file to 15-20 seconds. One also allows for easy transfer of large data sets for analysis and to assure customers requirements are met. Alongside the SiREUS project I also worked on a project for the laser department developing algorithms for laser testing. Results My programs reduced analysis task time by 95-99%. They improved selection of expensive, critical space components minimising cost at integration. Enabled transfer of datasets over 256MB via email. Quantified savings:

• • • •

Improved laser testing process saves >£220k over 10 years £10k saving per batch of 100 MEMS detectors Risk reduction >£250k per batch of SiREUS units Supports securing key supplier status for SiREUS in £50m market over the next 10 years Improves satellite reliability benefiting millions of users Worldwide

What have you gained from your placement? • Went from no programming knowledge to a competent user of MATLAB and R. • Exposure to and experience of the Space Industry. • Represented Selex ES at the Houses of Parliament for an Apprentice event. • Received a company recognition award. • Mentioned in the UK Space magazine for my contribution to the project as a YINI student.


SP Energy Networks


Chris Stuart


Martin Hill


Flexible Networks Database Application

Project Details I have written a software package for managing the large quantities of complex data to be recorded during the trialling of 11kV substation monitors. My application handles all stages of the data processing and analysis, as well as communicating with 3rd party systems to request the data. The system allows any employee to easily run analyses and investigations on recorded data, giving SP Energy Networks a view of the LV network which they have never previously had access to. Results The use of this application, as a part of the larger trial project Flexible Networks for a Low Carbon Future, will show us how we can spread the benefits of secondary substation monitoring within the company. Higher visibility of the LV network allows us to make better decisions about where to carry demand and how to build the network in the future. We can prevent unnecessary plant replacement or make reductions to improve efficiency where it was previously not thought safe. The application makes LV network data analysis faster by a factor of 50 or more and does not require expertise in handling large volumes of data to use. Furthermore, being able to quickly summarise the recorded data means identifying problems with the installation and configuration of the monitor devices is much simpler, which has been very useful during the handling of so many new technologies. In the first week of use of the application, we prevented ÂŁ45,000 of work. What have you gained from your placement? My project at SP Energy Networks has been the first software project which I have had the opportunity to take through from initial design and development all the way to deployment and operation. I have been very pleased to see the benefits of my application and database systems work through to different departments in the company, bringing about better engineering solutions and saving the company both time and money. I have even been able to experience them in my own work on the Flexible Networks project. The technical knowledge of the electricity networks industry gained through my placement will be invaluable to both my studies and to starting my career in electrical engineering. I also have a new confidence in my abilities to deliver real-world benefits to the industry.


Wood Group PSN


Virag Erdei


Neil Hebden


3D Modelling and Software Configuration

Project Details I completed a small pre-task assignment (to create 3D models of flare tips for a live project on an offshore installation of which the flare tips are an integral part) before embarking on the main project. The main project was more complex and involved the configuration of software rather than the use of it. When a user entered the software package (In this case MicroStation), the system required them to first select a client and then which discipline they belong to. This was very time consuming and also left a lot of room for errors. I had to simplify this process. Results I assisted with the integration of the Computer Aided Design systems deployed at WGPSN. I created 3D models of flare tips and also learned to use and configure different software (Plant Design Management System and MicroStation). I found that with the use of workspaces (custom working environments) the user no longer needed to make as many selections as the system will automatically open a drawing in the right working environment, with the client and discipline they belong to already selected. This method provides the users with a one click solution. I also set a standard company-wide method for creating these workspaces. This solution improves security, simplifies administration of MicroStation and provides a potential cost saving. What have you gained from your placement? This placement enabled me to gain an understanding and knowledge of 3D CAD systems, CAD management and industry standards. It also provided me with an insight into working in a real life modern engineering environment where I picked up many skills (time management, communication, etc). During my time at Wood Group PSN my confidence in my own abilities and work has improved. This will greatly serve me in everything I do in the future.


Rolls Royce


Jack Hobhouse


Iain McLarnon


Banded Stator Clipping

Project Details The current method for banded stator production requires the use of a 5 axis milling machine. This is not only expensive but also has a long lead time. The project aim was to manage the development and implementation for the new banded stator clipping method into the factory with the Project objectives • Work towards the completion of MCRL Gate 4 •

Work using the Integrated Product and Production Readiness structure

Work closely with the New Product Introduction team

Results • 32% cost saving per component •

Over £500,000 per year saving

Possibility of automation

Potential read across technology

What have you gained from your placement? I have gained an invaluable insight into real life industry and a greater understanding of how a multi-national business operates. I have built important project management skills which I previously had never required. Throughout the year my confidence has continued to grow as I have matured into a young adult


Selex ES


Amy Douglas


Robert McAndrew


Establish whether the Aeroflex 7200 is suitable to be used as a flexible test set

Project Details The Aeroflex 7200 CATS (Configurable Automated Test Set) is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) piece of radio frequency test equipment which provides the functionality of many standard test instruments in one box. The main objective of my placement was to try to establish whether this instrument could be used as a flexible test set (i.e. an instrument with the ability to run a programme to test an external item). When this was confirmed, I was then tasked with evaluating whether using the Aeroflex 7200 for testing purposes was more efficient than the method currently employed by the company, which involves purchasing many different instruments individually, connecting them up manually and then writing software for each piece of equipment. Results • The time required to write a test programme for an external device was cut by up to 75%, which in turn substantially reduces the associated programming costs. •

Purchasing an Aeroflex 7200 instead of all the equipment required to implement the current testing process delivers savings of approximately £100,000 each time.

Substantial time is saved in pre-test set-up. When the Aeroflex 7200 is delivered, it is ready to be used ‘out of the box’. This contrasts with the current testing approach, which requires time to assemble the equipment before it can be used.

What have you gained from your placement? My year at Selex ES has really boosted my confidence. I have loved being faced with new challenges and finding different ways to overcome them. Before my placement I had very limited knowledge of programming but now, having taught myself Python, I have a much better understanding of all basic programming concepts. My analysis skills have also improved through use of Microsoft Excel, etc. I have also gained a great deal of knowledge about the operation of different instruments and about the safety regime associated with each of them. Finally, I have benefitted hugely from working in a “real world” working environment and experiencing how engineering can be applied in different ways.


Thales Optronics Ltd


Catriona Munn


Alan Maloney


Continuous Automated Software Telemetry (CAST)

Project Details CAST is designed to automatically collect, analyse and report metrics on work packages, allowing the early identification of risks to budget and schedule. The project is an essential part in ensuring Thales attains quality management AS9100 accreditation from auditors, which is necessary for the markets that Thales operates in. Results CAST has been successfully deployed and is available to most UK Thales sites. A number of live projects are feeding data into CAST, providing the ability to automatically measure project performance, which was not previously available. As a result of CAST, a number of projects have performed root cause analysis and/or changed their process to ensure they remain on budget and schedule. Hopefully, by identifying issues earlier in the development process and allowing for proactive risk mitigation, projects will reduce spend and enhance customer satisfaction. By collecting this data, we were able to provide valuable feedback to the authors of the company metrics policy, which will be fed into future revisions. What have you gained from your placement? My YINI placement at Thales has reinforced my desire to become a Software Engineer. It has also given me the skills and experience to perform more successfully at University and in my future Software engineering career. I was given the opportunity to experience the entire software development process. I helped with planning, implementation, testing, documentation and deployment. As a result of this, I gained experience a variety of programming languages, software tools and working as part of a real software team.


Wood Group PSN


Jamie Wong


James Calderwood


Vessel Inspection

Project Details: I have designed a system which will allow us to visually inspect vessels without man entry. This would reduce the frequency of man entry into vessels and therefore reduce the risk of vessel inspections. This would also significantly reduce the man hours required to inspect vessels and therefore save the company money. Results: The system reduces the man hours required to inspect a vessel by 435 hours when man entry is not required. Therefore there is a potential saving of ÂŁ43,500 per inspection and if the company inspects just 10 vessels each year using this visual inspection system they can save ÂŁ435,000 each year. What have you gained from your placement? I have found my placement at Wood Group PSN most enjoyable. I have developed a great deal personally throughout my placement. The Year in Industry has given me a valuable insight into the many career paths available to me after University. I have learned many useful skills and extended my knowledge and understanding of the industry considerably over the past year.


Aggreko Manufacturing


John McEwan


Angela Lauchlan


Sub Assembly Planning

Project Details Continuous Improvement is a key business strategy for Aggreko Manufacturing. The DMAIC process is one of the key tools used to drive Aggreko “Orange Excellence” projects worldwide; which I adopted for my project. The projects objective was to streamline and automate the planning process for the sub assembly build within Manufacturing. The project was of great significance as it reduces cycle time, improves accuracy of planning and reduces the risk of sub assemblies not being available when required for final build. It also reduces the administration burden on the Planning and Production teams allowing them to focus on the actual planning and build of the product. Using DMAIC, which is an abbreviation of the five improvement steps: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control, I followed through each step for the project until complete and then moved on to the next one. After each improvement step a tollgate review was held to make sure I had met all requirements before moving on to the next step. Results Streamlining the process & automating the reporting of the management and Planning of the sub assembly plan has resulted in: • Potential reduction of admin time waste: 480 Hours Per annum • Potential savings: £12,480 Per annum The soft cost achieved was improved planning controls, reduced cycle time, and reduced risk of the sub assembly not being available for final build. A defined streamlined process was achieved that met all the requirements of the stakeholders. What have you gained from your placement? From my time at Aggreko I believe I have gained the following: • Increased confidence due to working on several projects with many different departments and people • A broad understanding of the Continual Improvement process and I have learned many process improvement skills • Many more invaluable skills that will enhance my CV to help me better get a job

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