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Industrial placements

  • From engineering to marketing, R&D to business, we have an industrial placement position for you!

    We understand that you want to gain valuable experience during your industrial placement year, so we give you immediate responsibility. A placement year can be an important first step in your career with 3M and we treat you as part of our team from day one. Embarking on a placement year with us will enable you to unlock potential, gain an insight into the working world and develop fundamental industry skills.

    While we cater for the business side of our student’s lives, we also recognise the importance of your social life and a healthy work/life balance. We therefore offer flexible working and encourage participation in our social committees and events.

    We invest significant time and resources into our industrial placement scheme – so we have a vested interest to make it and your time with us a success.

    Our placement roles are only open to penultimate-year students (returning to your final year of study following your 12-month placement).  


Training and development

  • Just like our graduate programme, 3M’s industrial placement programme provides a wide variety of opportunities for you to learn and grow, something that is vital for our future success, and yours. We understand that you will want to get as much out of your placement year as you can and we ensure that you are given every opportunity to do so. We also recognise that a new workplace could be a daunting prospect for some students, but our relaxed working environment will help you settle into the organisation and have you feeling like a regular 3Mer in no time at all!

Compensation and benefits

  • Industrial Placement salary - No less than £21,000

    In addition to a flexible work-life balance and the opportunity to work for one of the most innovative organisations there is, 3M offers the kind of competitive compensation and benefit options that you’d expect from a world-class organisation. Your total compensation includes benefit options and resources to help keep you healthy, happy and energised:

    • 25 days’ paid annual holiday, plus bank holidays (UK) or 22 days’ paid annual holiday plus bank holidays (Ireland)
    • Contributory SMART Stakeholder Pension Scheme with up to 10% employer contribution
    • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
    • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan providing the opportunity to purchase 3M stock at discounted rates
    • Discount on 3M products
    • Employee discount scheme providing preferential rates across major UK retailers and service providers
    • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
    • Employee Assistance Programme
    • Sports Clubs and social activities

    Current Opportunities

    Please check back soon for 2023/2024 opportunities.