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February 28, 2007

Making sure that you beat the application cut-off dates

By Mike Barnard (Is this the Mike Barnard who used to work for Shell?)

Taking a placement or sandwich year can be an invaluable career step, allowing you to acquire work experience, add to your CV and often earn a wage at the same time, and there’s an abundance of placements on offer in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Buro Happold (, the international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, has a world-class reputation for delivering challenging projects in the public and private sectors. Registered with the engineering institutions for approved training towards chartered status, it takes on 50 engineering graduates to work worldwide every year.

One of the world’s largest energy companies, BP, runs a three-year development programme that builds vital skills. BP won Graduate Employer of the Year at the 2005 Target Awards and was shortlisted for the same prize in 2006. Find out more at

Centrica ( plans to be a leading supplier of essential services with brands such as British Gas. Its graduate development programmes aim to identify and develop high-potential individuals.

MBDA Missile Systems ( has a graduate recruitment process to join its technical experts and managers, making sophisticated weapons technology.

London would be a travel nightmare without the Underground, and Tube Lines ( is working to improve the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Become part of the project from Day 1 with its graduate opportunities.

The management, systems and technology firm PA Consulting Group ( offers a 48-week industrial placement programme, giving invaluable experience working alongside top consultants in a professional environment.

Shell ( delivers a wide range of energy solutions to its customers. Graduates joining Shell could work in a variety of different businesses and go abroad.

Projects such as the Millennium Stadium, revamped Mini, Wembley and Twickenham all have Corus ( expertise and metal in common. Its graduate placement scheme is still open to applications, but only until March 16.

Mike Barnard is part of the communications team at the graduate recruitment website

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