The following fictional case studies, based on similar initiatives, demonstrate how the new schemes may work.
Elizabeth Palmer is a first year undergraduate student on the MEng Civil Engineering course at the University of Bristol. As part of her course, she and three of her fellow students have been matched up with Karen Brown as their industrial mentor, a structural engineer from the regional office of a large consulting civil engineering company. Following the initial meeting between staff and students at the University of Bristol, Elizabeth has checked availability of her fellow mentees and liaised with their Industrial Mentor and the small group of students have visited the office of the company for an afternoon to meet some of the staff to find out about the different types of role that civil engineers can undertake. The next visit they have planned is to visit a site to see the progress of a project that the consultant is working on behalf of a client in the highway construction industry.
Tom Smith is a second year undergraduate student on the MEng Mechanical Engineering course at the University of Bristol. During his first year at the University, he applied for a summer internship with a national manufacturing company and submitted an application form for a placement with that company. He was interviewed and subsequently offered a placement with the company. During the summer break of his first year he spent six weeks working for the company supporting professional engineers developing and testing a product in a working environment. As the placement went so well and the company were impressed with his performance they have offered Tom a scholarship, including an annual financial payment and the opportunity to return to the company during his 2nd year summer break to undertake another placement with the company in one of its other divisions.