UK Placement Schemes

RELEASE YOUR POTENTIAL

We have always been passionate about developing the next big thing. As a Placement Student with us, there's no limit to what you can learn.

WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN WE OFFER YOU?

When you begin our 12 month scheme, you'll embark on a journey that'll see you shouldering real responsibility, developing new skills, and building experience that's simply invaluable. We'll be there for you every step of the way, helping you make the most of your time with us. Impress us with your potential , and we may be seeing a lot more of you outstanding students could receive conditional offers of employment at the end of their placements.

WHY JOIN OUR INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT SCHEME?

You will get to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide. You will gain high quality experience, broaden your skill set as well as have an excellent chance of returning to the organisation as a graduate. 

You are only eligible for a placement opportunity if you are currently studying an undergraduate degree. You will not be considered if you have graduated already or if you are currently completing your final year or completing post graduate study.

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HOW WE LEARN

You're the leaders and specialists of the future, so we plan to invest in your development. You'll have the opportunity and support to achieve your goals and progress, including the learning and development you need.

The majority of your training will be on the job, so you'll gain practical experience and knowledge first hand. You will receive feedback on your work and coaching to help you improve. Some training is essential while additional training is there if you feel you need it that it would be useful for your development. Of course, you'll be given a mentor too.

Our company wide career development programme supports a culture of continual learning, knowledge sharing, skills development and professional growth. Additionally we'll offer you financial support towards achieving a valuable professional qualification.

70/20/10 Learning Model 

Learning at Caterpillar is not just about going on a course. In reality, this represents only about 10 percent of how we develop. Development is most effective when formal learning, coaching and feedback and on the job experience are combined.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO LEARN?

Each of our UK Early Talent Opportunities offers something different for everyone, see below for a brief overview of the type s of disciplines that we typically recruit for.

 

HR

A three year rotational scheme, allowing you to gain an overview of all the HR roles at Caterpillar. The program will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your professional skills across a range of HR disciplines as well as preparing you for a role as a future leader or functional specialist.

 

IT

Working within Caterpillar Caterpillar’s Information Services team will give you a broad experience in all disciplines of Information Services, covering some of the selected applications used within end to end business processes (Engineering, Manufacturing, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, Sales and Marketing). It will also include project life cycle management methodologies and core Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes including Incident/Problem & Change.

Engineering

We offer a wide range of opportunities within engineering, ranging from product research and design to manufacturing and quality. While our Electrical and Electronic team work on the integration of the latest electronic and electrical technology within multiple Caterpillar products. You have the opportunity to join these high performing teams and have your stamp on our products.

Sales and Marketing

Our Marketing teams focus their attention on understanding current and future market and customer needs, analysing opportunities and defining the brand and product positioning. Our Sales teams maintain relationships with existing customers whilst winning new business from our competitors. It sounds easy, and we have an enviable record of success on both counts, but the real challenge is to keep us where we are at the forefront.

Finance

You’ll be an active team member working in real roles gaining an understanding of CaterpillarCaterpillar’s business and accounting practices, systems and procedures. As well as learning and develop skills, which result from the practical application of accounting knowledge. You will also collaborate with team members worldwide as part of our global team.

Supply Chain

Supply Chain is at the heart of every business, and here is no exception. Think about the daily sourcing of materials from across the world, then think about how these parts are transported into a company, manufactured, and shipped out to customers within demanding lead times. The department is therefore a highly important link between our teams involved in product development, production, and most importantly our customer.

MEET OUR PREVIOUS PLACEMENT STUDENTS

Emily Jones
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Emily Jones


Name

Emily Jones

Discipline/Scheme
Placement Quality Engineering

Location:
Caterpillar Shrewsbury

Can you give us an overview of your rotations?

I spent the first eight weeks of my placement on a rotation around shop floor departments, gaining hands on experience and product knowledge. This was incredibly beneficial to help me get to know people and what their roles involve.

Rebecca Russell
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Rebecca Russell

Name
Rebecca Russell

Discipline/Scheme
Placement year in Custom Power Solutions

Location:
Larne, CAT (NI)

What’s an accomplishment that you’re proud of?

I helped in the electrical design for a multi-million-pound project which I never thought I would get to be a part of. I also helped source and order parts from suppliers. I got to follow this project the whole way through which was great experience.