This structured scheme offers Post-16 students paid research and development placements for a period of four weeks during the summer.
We provide a number of placements for students each year who work on real life STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) project alongside our industry mentor. The scheme starts with an induction day for students and company representatives. During the four week placement the students carry out appropriate research on the problem, make recommendations based on their research, produce an industrial report and develop a poster presentation illustrating their work which will be displayed at a celebration day.
This programme is an excellent insight into engineering for pre-university students who are considering a career in engineering.
I've really enjoyed my work placement at NIE Networks. The four weeks presented me with many challenges, providing me with a better understanding and appreciation of the work that engineers carry out. It's been a good way to spend my summer holidays and it's been a great experience.
Orla Murphy, aged 17, Nuffield STEM engineering bursary student from Kilkeel.