Year in Industry

A life-changing experience highly valued by employers

The year in industry is taken as part of a four year sandwich programme and is offered across all of our undergraduate programmes. The year in industry is taken in the third year of study and is for a minimum of 40 weeks, although many students work for the full year.  It is a full time, paid placement and the average salary is £18,065 (Glassdoor, 2020) but this varies by location. 

The year is credit bearing and represents 10% of the overall degree classification.  The method of assessment is a reflective learning log that allows a critical reflection of the work place experience and its links to the academic theory covered during the first two years of study.  This critical reflection plays a large part in allowing students to better understand the theory covered during their final year of studies and this then correlates with the higher marks achieved by students on the year in industry programme.


The benefits of taking a Year in Industry?

  • Develop the key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between academic theory and the real world experience;
  • Develop an understanding of workplace culture and discipline;
  • Develop an early career, professional network;
  • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options;

How do I secure a placement?

The search for a placement begins almost immediately on coming to the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS). Although the placement applications do not open until the start of the second year, the preparation for the applications begins in year one.

Year one focuses on the development of fundamental, employability related skills (communication, team work, commercial awareness, cultural awareness, global awareness) through tailored skills based modules on each programme and participation in ULMS Extra sessions. Students are also encouraged to join clubs and societies at the Liverpool Guild of Students and gather work experience during the first year to assist in the development of these fundamental skills. As the fundamental skills development improves, focus then switches to the recruitment process.

All students on the year in industry programme will then undertake an employability module in semester two of year one that introduces the students to the recruitment process.  The module is run alongside Career Consultants from Careers and Employability and our external partner Smart Resourcing Solutions.  The module focuses on:

  • Career planning and company research
  • CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • Online testing
  • Assessment centres
  • Interviews

It gives students practical experience of how to research companies prior to making applications and how to compete online applications, alongside giving students invaluable experiences of attending a mock assessment centre and interview, prior to making the placement applications in year two. 

Students are supported in making their placement applications as soon as year one is complete.  Students are engaged during the summer months between year one and two through a series of ‘Summer Action’ activities so that they use the time wisely prior to making the first application when the larger placement providers open their applications in late summer/early autumn.  Students are also assisted with their applications by the Career Coaches and Career Consultants in Careers and Employability, who can ensure that each application is tailored specifically to the requirements of the application.

Students who are successful in securing a placement will start their placement in the summer after year one, with start dates ranging from early July to early September.

Placement support

Students are given a pre-placement briefing that covers all the essential information required prior to starting the placement.  Once on placement, each student’s academic advisor that they will have know since the start of their time at university, will continue to support them whilst on placement.  The academic advisor will conduct two meetings during the placement, the first to ensure that the student has settled into their role and the new surroundings and the second to ensure that everything is still running smoothly and to offer verbal feedback on the first reflective learning log.


Students return to university in their fourth and final year to complete their degree.  Sessions are run at the start of semester one to re-acquaint the students with the academic environment and to look at employability options in relation to securing a graduate role. 

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