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The Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP) by the Royal Academy of Engineering aims to bridge the gap between under-represented university engineering students and the engineering industry by building skills and confidence, creating awareness of opportunities, and expanding social capital through peer and professional networks.
The course will commence the start of November (w/c 13th Nov). Candidates will start with an onboarding session in the weeks leading up to the programme.
No. The purpose of this programme is to support the transition of undergraduate and graduate engineers from under-represented communities into employment in the engineering profession. The programme brings students into direct contact with engineers and businesspeople in the profession and builds students’ professional skills, confidence, awareness of opportunities and networks.
The programme is mostly remote with some hybrid and in-person events. To receive the full benefit of the programme you may be required to travel at times to those events. Support is available to help with travel costs. More details on specific locations will become available shortly.
To take part in the programme you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be in your second, third or final year of university studying an engineering degree or have graduated in any engineering discipline from UK University within the last two years
  • Be a UK national or have an indefinite right to live and work in the UK
This programme is designed to support under-represented communities so with that in mind you must also belong to one or more of the following:
  • Identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
  • Identify as a woman
  • Have attended a non-Russell Group university
  • Be from a socio-economically disadvantaged background (this includes: having a special/additional learning need(s); have been in care; being the first person in their immediate family to attend university; having received any bursaries or Free School Meals; if you’re a carer)
Sunday the 5th of November, so get your applications in before then.
You must either be in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of University, studying towards an engineering degree or must have graduated in either 2022 or 2021 with an engineering degree from a UK University.
Work experience, shadowing opportunities and job roles will be shared with you throughout your time on the programme and you will be able to access support to help you in tailoring your application and presenting yourself in the best way possible. There are opportunities to connect directly with employers throughout the programme and many students have been able to secure work placements through networking with employers on the scheme.
If you are studying for a degree alongside your current role or have graduated from an engineering degree in the last 2 years and would like to explore engineering careers in more detail, you are able to take part in the programme. Please note, there is a minimum commitment of attending 4 events across the year and completing some professional development activities to enable you to graduate. Please ensure that you have the support of your employer or know you are able to balance your workload alongside the programme if you are in work.
Candidates will need to have access to a device like a phone/laptop (preferably laptop) and stable internet connection to be able to access the online sessions (both core programme and mentoring).
You don’t need any experience to participate in the programme.
We are committed to ensuring accessibility for all students on the GEEP. We offer various options, including both in-person and online events, to accommodate diverse needs. We are keen to work closely with you to tailor the programme to your specific requirements. This may involve alternative interview arrangements, personalised one-on-one support, and guidance. If you have any accessibility needs or would like to discuss your specific requirements, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
This depends on what interventions you sign up to (as the programme is not linear, to provide ultimate flexibility) and if you do mentoring as well. To graduate from the programme, you have to attend a minimum of 4 sessions (one to be in person) over the course of the year. You’ll spend approximately an average of 1-3 weeks on the programme.
For any questions or issues, please contact the GEEP recruitment team at opportunities@gmfj.co.uk.
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