Year-In Industry Placements

Real world experience is essential for those studying a degree in a construction related field and if the industry is to attract the best future minds, companies like us must help individuals like you to gain a head start.


Real world experience is essential for those studying a degree in a construction related field and if the industry is to attract the best future minds, companies like Winvic must help these individuals gain a head start. Previous industry placement students have acquired knowledge to enhance their remaining academic studies as well as learn valuable hands-on lessons ready for their forthcoming careers.

We ensure those who join us for a year gain plenty of experience across different sectors, from multi-room builds to mega-sheds, and understand the different challenges through every phase of a scheme. Previous gap year students, like Adam and Mark, who share their experiences below, acquired knowledge to help them with the remainder of their courses as well as set them in good stead for their careers… their career at Winvic. Many students have impressed us from the off and we have offered them permanent positions after graduation, just like Mark and Adam.

You can learn more about what our current exciting year-in industry opportunities comprise here:

Although our head office is in Northamptonshire, we work nationally – we therefore welcome applications for year in industry placements from people across the UK.

If you’re looking for a Year in Industry placement to complement your studies, click here to find out why Winvic could be the employer for you and please get in touch with our HR Department for more information.


Name: Mark Jamieson
Placement: Trainee Site Engineer between June 2016 and September 2017
Permanent Role: Site Engineer from July 2018
Studied: BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Describe Your Role: From the beginning of my placement working on Boden, Optimus Point in Leicester I shadowed an engineer, learning as much from him as possible, and assisted him in setting out HD bolts, drainage, ducting, kerbs, flexible pavement and reinforced concrete slabs. I had the opportunity of working by myself for a week, where I learnt the need for speed and accuracy. In this time I set out shutter lines and kerbs, devised the coordinates and data for gabion baskets and access stairs to an attenuation pond; although it was challenging, it was very welcoming to be given this level of responsibility so soon.

Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? I have learned a huge amount in a short space of time by shadowing engineers on site and they have helped me to see the link between my academic studies and practical work on site. If you want to see a project go from a piece of land to a completed mega-shed, a student accommodation scheme or a high-spec office, then my advice is to quickly apply for a role with Winvic!


Name: Adam McKenna
Placement: Trainee Site Engineer between June 2016 and June 2017
Permanent Role: Site Engineer from August 2018
Studied: BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Describe Your Role: During my placement, I was working on the Appleby Lodge project in Wellingborough. The project comprised an infrastructure phase with new road construction, existing road upgrades, bulk earthworks, a mixture of deep foul and storm drainage, all in preparation for a business park development; Winvic was later contracted to construct one warehouse unit for Yusen Logistics. I have been exposed to various different elements which make up the successful operation of a site. Shadowing the Project Manager and Site Manager allowed me to see and appreciate what they do on a day-to-day basis in order to accomplish targets.

Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? Learn as much as you can and don’t waste the opportunity of working with some of the best people on interesting projects. I have been exposed to the working programme and how this forms the main driver of a scheme to allow progress to be tracked, and critical items to be highlighted and actioned. The Site Manager taught me the importance of health and safety in their role with regards to compliance, and educated me how to better communicate with subcontractors. I could never learn this in the classroom.


Throughout the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays each year, a number of students come to work for us on short-term placements, which range from one to four weeks. We have no set rules in place about the subject or subjects that applicants need to be studying, and in fact, we support the need for wider awareness of the construction industry.

Of course most of the young men and women that apply for a holiday placement with us are learning about a construction related discipline, and we ensure they have the opportunity to learn as much as possible and get hands on in their field of choice.

“I would like to take this time to thank you for letting me experience such a great time at Winvic. I have been overwhelmed with information and it has inspired me to work harder to achieve my goals. I have to say, the time I spent with you in Leicester during the first three weeks of my work placement has definitely been the best out of the whole experience at Winvic and it has opened my eyes to what is available to me once I graduate and has set me new goals in life.”

Jason Ghayour, Civil Engineering Student


To find out more about our current ‘year in industry’ opportunities and student holiday placements download our brochure or get in touch with our HR department below.