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Live the journey with Industrial Placements

Securing the best graduate talent is essential to the future of British Airways; making sure that as an organisation we have the culture and capabilities to drive our business forward. Industrial Placements are an essential part of this, giving us the opportunity to engage with talented graduates whilst you are still at university. 

The Industrial Placements programme mirrors our graduate schemes, but with the majority of placements in our head office business areas. The scheme is 11 months long and runs from September to August. During this time you will undertake a single placement, giving you the opportunity to get a real feel for what it’s like to work at BA. 


Placements are extremely varied and range from strategy and planning roles in the operational side of the business, through to marketing, sales and business infrastructure underpinning the work of our head office teams. 

As for our graduate schemes, we have a rigorous recruitment process and the calibre of successful candidates is high, however if you are excited by the thought of working for an organisation with over 90 years of history, a hugely prestigious brand and a great sense of pride and camaraderie, then this could be just the Industrial Placement for you.

So what do we look for from our undergraduates?

We want you to make the most of your placement with us. For that to happen, it's essential you have a genuine interest in our business, in whatever capacity. You will also need to be adaptable, self-confident and highly organised.

A strong analytical ability is critical, we’re looking for problem solvers who can deal with ambiguity and grasp ideas and information quickly. Conceptual skills, creativity and excellent communication skills are highly prized too, as is a high level of numerical reasoning. In choosing the right people for we will also be looking for people who can demonstrate the following:


  • High Motivation towards a placement within British Airways
  • Business Competence / Passion for Customer Service
  • Excellent Team Working Skills
  • Effective Communicator and Influencer

“Read about Elliot’s experiences on his placement year with us….”

My Industrial Placement year with British Airways has certainly been one to remember.  Highlights of the year would have to include business trips to Frankfurt, Madrid and Amsterdam.  In terms of achievements; effectively supporting and training my 100 fellow Business Intelligence colleagues through the transition of company communication tools would have to be up there.

From the day I started I felt welcomed and respected like any other employee; given the autonomy and trust to make decisions and put ideas forward. Within a month I was given my own projects to manage including designing and implementing an effective communication framework and assisting with managing the relationship and Programme Management Office process with Iberia Commercial department.

What’s so special about the British Airways Industrial Placement Programme is although you are placed in a placement for the year, you have the ability to gain invaluable insights into different business functions. Throughout the year I have been able to spend time with Customer relations, Research & Insight and Brands & Marketing.

There is also a strong social side to working for BA. You are introduced to the year’s graduate intake straight away, which is great in helping you settle in. The graduates and interns area also encouraged to partake in Charity and Community Investment work which are ideal team building activities. Our intake will attempt to complete the three peaks challenge this summer raising money for Flying Start; the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief UK.  As a BA (Hons) Business Studies student at Bournemouth University, I would strongly recommend the scheme to all undergraduates.

Sorry, we do not have any current Industrial Placement vacancies at the moment. Please continue to monitor our website where any future opportunities will be advertised.

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