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Our Schemes

Industrial Placement

Industrial Placement
Our principal undergraduate scheme for business, engineering or finance.

Scheme Overview

This twelve-month placement will see you gaining invaluable experience in the real world. You’ll be working alongside some of the top professionals in their field. Taking your place as part of the team in one of our UK businesses, you’ll share in the everyday challenges, develop new skills and acquire a fascinating insight into our business. In turn you could even secure a place on one of our graduate schemes.  Our range of one-year placements are offered in business, engineering or finance:
Business: Our business placements are integral to our ability to deliver successful projects and vary each year depending on where we need your skills to make the most impact.
Engineering: Cutting-edge innovations and world leading technological developments are the foundation of our business and as a result, we always have a wide range of engineering placements available.
Finance: In finance, you won’t just be working on the financial aspects of some of the most exciting projects in defence, aerospace and engineering, you’ll also be working and learning from some of the most accomplished professionals in their fields.

Your Learning and Development

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work,that is why all our Industrial Placements offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain valuable industry experience. Put theory into practice, learn from from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience.


  • Starting salary of £18,000
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday per annum
  • A conditional offer to join our Graduate Development Framework (subject to performance and availability of suitable roles) without the need to reapply


Civil Engineering
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Manufacturing, Production & Operations Engineering
Mechanical Engineers
Naval Architecture
Project Management
Software Engineering
Systems Engineering

What You’ll Need

To join our Industrial Placement scheme you must be on course to achieve at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree. This can be in any subject for our business opportunities and a finance related subject plus 280 UCAS points (or equivalent excluding General Studies) for our finance opportunities. We also look for an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for our engineering placements. Although the academic requirements are important, we also want you to see opportunity where others see problems and think around challenges that others can't navigate. You'll use the resources at your fingertips and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real life problems.
We place great importance not just on what we do, but how we do it. As a result, we encourage our employees to share their time and expertise to support local communities. At the end of each day, you can walk away knowing that what you do makes a difference.

Application Process

  • Online application form
  • Online numerical and verbal psychometric tests
  • Hiring manager review
  • Assessment Centre
Finally, as a defence contractor there are security obligations placed on the Company meaning that all our applicants must be able to successfully achieve the relevant level of security clearance to join us.

Hints & Tips

When you prepare your application, think carefully about the role you are interested in and your skills. Use plain English and stick to the word limit. Also make sure to give full details of your degree modules, relevant final year projects and work experience. Hiring managers will want to see what you’ve done and how this fulfils what they are looking for. Also, please note that as we find suitable candidates to fill our opportunities, we will no longer accept online applications for that opportunity so suggest you apply as early as possible to have the best chance of success.
For more information on hints and tips to help you prior to submitting your application, please refer to our Apply Now page, where you will find further details.