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Industrial Placements

Live the journey with Industrial Placements

Our Industrial Placement Programmes provide students with a fantastic opportunity to undertake real work on their programme of choice. 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.

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 they are still at university.

Find out what our Head Office Industrial Placement student had to say about his experience here.

In 2015, we are running programmes in the following areas which are open to current undergraduates enrolled on an undergraduate programme which allows a sandwich year:


Head Office

The Head Office Industrial Placement is about developing expertise in the art of the airline business – a business that can be both uniquely challenging and exciting. During the Head Office Industrial Placement you will be given exposure to different business areas and major projects, and be involved in key business decisions, driving us to achieve our vision of being the most admired airline. You might be placed in any of our business areas as part of your placement including Brand Communications and Sponsorship, Business Intelligence as well as Heathrow Customer Service Operations and Commercial.

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Operational Research

Flying is a complex business, which makes the airline industry one of the most varied and challenging environments to manage. Our Operational Research department is an internal consultancy that works across the airline providing analytical support and influencing big decisions. From assisting in the planning of the routes we fly, ensuring our flights get away on time, assessing proposed changes to our loyalty scheme proposition; our Operational Research team work at the heart of the decision-making process providing analytical support influencing multi-million pound decisions.

You will provide consultancy and analytical support to a variety of projects across BA’s business. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ practical experience applying Operational Research / Management Science skills to real world problems within a dynamic and exciting business environment.

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As part of the induction for this programme you will be provided with the skills you need to operate within Engineering followed by a period working on the aircraft in the hangars so that you get hands on experience of what is involved with maintaining our fleet. You will spend the majority of your placement working in a team within the Engineering Services part of the Engineering team including Powerplant, Cabin Design, Structures and Continuous Airworthiness. You will have your own responsibilities and objectives against which you will need to deliver.

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If you are shortlisted following the application stage you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. The assessment centre will involve a mixture of exercises including psychometrics, group exercises, individual work related exercises and an interview. Any offer is subject to pre-employment vetting including: qualification requirements, proof of qualifications satisfactory references and where relevant a criminal record check.

Work Experience

To find out more about our fantastic work experience placements please go to our work experience page.