Teacher Industry Placements available now across the Country

Published 20th June 2019

Would you like the opportunity to work with a UK-based design, manufacturing, engineering or construction business?

Five Industry placements have just come available in the Midlands and the Skipton area. Please contact Lata Patel lata.patel@data.org.uk for further information. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. for half term: 17-21 February 2020


The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

MTC provide integrated manufacturing system solutions across diverse sectors such as automotive, aerospace, rail, food & drink construction


JJ Churchill Ltd

JJ Churchill is a well establish precision engineering company which offers a broad range of machining and treatment processes.

Birmingham x 2

Make UK Technology Hub (2 places)

The Make UK training hub cover opportunities to participate in anything from robotics to CAD to electrical to fluid power training.

We are offering these placements to our secondary members in the Midlands free of charge, giving you opportunity to take part in a 3 to 5 day internship to enhance your knowledge of modern industry for the classroom. (placements will become available in other areas of the country) 

Skipton and Halifax

SIGMAT - Either location available at this company

- A UK leader in Offsite light gauge steel framing

SIGMAT, who are based in Skipton and Halifac, make frames ranging from buildings to windows and are involved from concept to installation. This is a unique opportunity to view and take part in how faster, alternative construction can be used as opposed to traditional building methods.

Preston (Ribble Valley)

Workhouse Creative Marketing - Placement now filled

An award-winning specialist B2B design and digital marketing agency with 25 years experience

Workhouse are based in a rural part of Preston (Ribble Valley) so own transport will be required. By using clever thinking and marketing strategy, they deliver brand communications with a difference. Use this opportunity to be part of their magic and how it can be translated within your classroom.

These work placement opportunities will help you develop:

  • a deeper understanding of modern industry practice, and the technical skills and attributes required by employers
  • a clearer view of the career pathways and opportunities available for your students, which in turn will support your school’s delivery of the government careers strategy.

If you would like to take part in this initiative, in the Midlands or in other areas of the UK, you will need to commit between three to five days of your holiday or agree release from your school. In return we will match you to a company, where you will be fully immersed in their day-to-day activity, gaining first-hand experience of their business, and developing meaningful industry engagement links which will benefit you and your students.

This programme was piloted last year with a small number of teachers, who all reported that the experience had positively impacted on their planning and teaching.

“Every minute at the firm provided the opportunity to have extensive conversations around how I could further develop my practice as a Design and Technology teacher”. Vinay Patel, Kensington Aldridge Academy

“Talking to them.. the founding directors of ForPeople Ltd ..reinforced what I know about the inherent skills in Design and Technology”. Louise Cook, James Allen’s Girls’ School

“Despite feeling apprehensive about the placement (that feeling of ‘I know nothing about the Real World’) I had a great time.. Everyone was very friendly and as interested to know about teaching as I was about what they did in their roles”. Fiona Exley, Dunnottar School

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Lata Patel

Email: lata.patel@data.org.uk


This initiative is managed by the Design and Technology Association and funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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