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At KUKA, we can accommodate a range of internships, including sandwich placements and paid work experience.

We pride ourselves on working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to provide Year in Industry opportunities for young people, enabling them to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects.

With more students entering higher education than ever, leaving university with a good degree no longer guarantees the graduate job you want. That’s why it’s important that we partner with the EDT to help you get valuable experience in your chosen job field, boosting your employability and your future career opportunities.

The Year in Industry are the UK's leading student placement experts, providing high-quality, paid placements for students in their gap year before or during their degree course.

Our global presence means we are able to offer international work placements too!

KUKA success story: Software Engineer, Paul Harrold

I kicked off my career in engineering when I started a HNC course at Dudley College in electrical design. I did two years of an apprenticeship as a Controls Engineer when KUKA Systems was known as Thompson Friction Welding, before deciding to pursue a career in software instead.

Starting a software engineering course at the University of Wolverhampton, I came back to KUKA as an apprentice software engineer

Portrait of Paul Harrold in front of a KUKA robot

The five-year course enabled me to get a brilliant insight into the company before working in a full-time position within the company. Many of the people I work with have moved through the ranks with me, so the atmosphere and working relationships are great.

Paul Harrold, Software engineer at KUKA

The training and development at KUKA has been invaluable too, offering courses in software, robotics, and I’ve even been lucky enough to visit the KUKA head office in Augsburg to complete a course in programming. On top of this, I’ve had the pleasure to work on projects for some big names like Allen-Bradley and Siemens.

Despite the technical industry, working at KUKA can be really varied. I am proud to have worked on a nuclear decommissioning project in Cumbria, as well as the design of joystick robot controllers. Working here has me excited about being part of the future, and I’m really looking forward to getting involved in new technologies like virtual reality.