Faculty of Technology

Funding for Engineering Placement Providers

Funding is available to help small businesses to benefit from student placements

Funding to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the cost of hosting a placement student has been made available thanks to a partnership between the Faculty of Technology at the University of Portsmouth and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

The £2,000 fund is available for small businesses who would like to offer a placement opportunity to a mechanical engineering or product design student.

The award could fully fund the salary of a 2-3 month summer placement or part-fund a year-long placement.

The placement opportunity must be relevant to one of the following IMechE accredited degrees in order to be eligible for the funding:

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 

Petroleum Engineering

Computer Aided Product Design

Product Design and Innovation

Find out more

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and IMechE funded placement scheme, email Natasha Kerven, Placement and Employability Manager natasha.kerven@port.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)23 9284 6263.

The benefits of offering a placement

Your business will benefit from an enthusiastic student who can work on various projects and tasks or take on a specific role. Students bring a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective.

"Our previous experience of a student placement was so successful we have decided to grow the team... The University of Portsmouth were great, helping us to find the right engineering student and kick starting the whole process. After hiring Wan, the University continued to help. The award of a bursary helps cover the costs of training and employment which is a massive help to SMEs like us."

Kevin Clarke, Managing Director, KCC, Eastleigh

A placement will enable a student to gain industrial experience which will complement their academic learning and help them to develop their early career.

"The University of Portsmouth has extensive experience in placing students on summer and industrial placements. The IMechE award is recognition of the success of our schemes. Placements not only enable undergraduates to gain valuable experience of engineering employment prior to graduation, they also allow organisations to develop or expand their business."

Professor Asa Barber, Head of the School of Engineering


Students will be available to start a summer placement or a year in industry from June 2017. Year in industry placements must start by August 2017 and last a minimum of 36 weeks, excluding holidays.


In order to allow time for the recruitment processes and to ensure you receive applications from the most engaged students, we are keen to confirm placements as soon as possible. The placements team at the University can support with coordinating applications. We can also offer interview spaces and facilities.

There are 24 pots of funding available, with £2000 being allocated per role.