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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Engineer Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Engineering in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Engineer Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Engineering in London

Overview

Registration for this programme is now closed. Dates for our 2025 Summer Experiences will be released shortly. Sign up to our mailing list to gain access to early-bird promotions!

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring engineers in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of 2 weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of an engineer working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. Take apart a petrol engine, visit the largest collection of classic cars in the UK and board a Boeing 747 jet with aerospace engineers.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful engineer, or contact us to find out more. 

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Immersive Engineering Experiences:
  • 'Boeing Experience': exclusive access to a range of commercial aircraft alongside aerospace engineers and pilots at an airfield 
  • Discover the magic of ‘Supercar’ production and design with engineers from leading supercar brands 
  • Take apart a petrol engine under the supervision of a top mechanical engineer 
  • Design an aerofoil and test it live in a wind tunnel with a Rolls Royce engineer 
  • Use structural engineering principles to build your own bridge and test it to make sure it can carry heavy loads 
  • Create your own sustainable engineering solutions to protect the Thames Estuary from the imminent flood risk 
  • Pitch your own cutting-edge engineering start-up to a panel of experts in a simulated Dragons’ Den 
Meet Senior Engineers
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with engineers from world-renowned firms specialising in mechanical, civil, materials, aerospace engineering and more 
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in engineering 
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
Competitive Advantage in Your University Applications:
  • Attending the experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities 
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications. 
  • Personalised industry reference letter from engineers confirming what you achieved on the programme.
World-Class Universities and World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL). 
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for our unique engineering work experience, creating an invaluable global network.
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

Choose from one of the following options:

1.  First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.  Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.  Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here.
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experience Week 1

Civil and Structural Engineering

  • Use core concepts and real-world constraints to design a civil engineering masterpiece 
  • Build a structure to carry weight across two points in a graduate recruitment-style group task 
  • Compete against other attendees to impress the judges and become the most successful engineer 

Materials and Aerospace Engineering 

  • Understand the physics of flight when manufacturing a high-performing aerofoil 
  • Work with a Rolls Royce engineer to improve and test 3D-printed aerofoil designs 
  • Find the optimum conditions for flight using a wind tunnel 
  • Discuss your results with top material and aerospace engineers and propose solutions to achieve the most aerodynamic design 

The Boeing Experience 

  • Visit an airfield and explore a range of commercial aircraft with pilots and aerospace engineers 
  • Learn how the design of different aircraft and gliders varies depending on function 
  • Rig and derig a glass fibre glider with traditional controls, working as a team to lift the wings and secure the main rigging pins 
  • Work alongside electrical engineers and pilots to programme a fly-by-wire control panel 

Engineering in the 21st Century: Robotics and Machine Learning 

  • Discover how modern engineering has become more efficient with the invention of ground-breaking technology 
  • Investigate how innovative biomedical engineering solutions will improve medical diagnostics and enhance treatments 
  • Explore how automation and data are taking over the manufacturing industry 
  • Design your own AI creation with top robotics engineers 
  • Decipher what the future of engineering looks like and how you can help solve global challenges 

How to Become a Successful Engineer 

  • Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success 
  • Making the right subject choices: A-level/IB/university and beyond 
  • Securing work experience and designing an impactful CV/resume 
  • Powerful interview techniques 
  • Coaching from engineers on what you can do now to stand out in the future 

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

There are 3 start dates you can select from for 2024: 8th July; OR 29th July; OR 19th August.
You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Bookings are now sold out for the intake starting 8th July and 29th July. 19th August, bookings are over 80% full and we expect to close registration soon.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Programme a Fly-by-wire control panel. Design an aerofoil for flight. Exclusive question and answer session with a NASA scientist
Take apart a petrol engine. Discover Extreme E racing. Experience how engineers tackle climate change
Private networking session at UCL with top engineers
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from engineers confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for the completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 8th July, 29th July or 19th August

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What kind of work experience is beneficial for aspiring engineers?
Outside the industry, roles in sales, project management, or technical roles can help you build the necessary communication, collaboration and leadership skills that will support a career in engineering. More industry-related work experience opportunities include internships and apprenticeships, mentorships programmes, summer schools and freelance work. InvestIN’s summer school programme is a fantastic work experience opportunity for students aged 15 to 18 looking to pursue a career in engineering.
Do you need work experience to become an engineer?
To become an engineer, you'll require the appropriate qualifications and work experience. Recruiters value work experience, so a relevant placement year or summer internship will impress your potential employers and set you apart from other applicants.
Is it hard to get into engineering?
Engineering is a highly distinguished industry, so positions in the field can be competitive. However, with hard work, the right qualifications and good work experience, students can land their dream engineering job.
What skills are important for a career in engineering?
Key skills that will help engineering students succeed include: - Relevant technical knowledge: Keeping up-to-date with industry news and getting certified in new technologies will help you when submitting job applications - Communication skills: All projects will involve discussions between various parties, so the ability to listen and communicate clearly is essential - Leadership skills: To lead on projects, you'll have to demonstrate your ability to take responsibility and guide your team towards completion - Creativity: When problems arise, you'll need to be able to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions - Innovation: Engineering is an industry that's constantly looking for innovative ways to improve, so innovation skills will be a huge bonus - Conscientiousness: Diligence and attention to detail are essential in such a specialised field - Tenacity and resilience: You'll face lots of challenges as an engineer, so your ability to stay focused and determined will help you succeed - Interpersonal skills: Teamwork is a vital part of engineering roles, so interpersonal skills will help you build successful working relationships
What qualifications do I need to be an engineer?
To become an engineer, you'll need to complete either a relevant degree or apprenticeship. Students completing an engineering degree will attain a Level 5 or Level 6 qualification in a chemical, civil, mechanical, general, or electronic engineering specialism. Completing an apprenticeship will give you a Level 3 qualification and lots of work experience in the field. Up to 80% of your apprenticeship will be spent working with a relevant company in the engineering sector.

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INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL & EFL STUDENTS

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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