Placement: Caterpillar (Peterborough) TY806

Join UK-leading organisation Caterpillar for a placement where you can immerse yourself in the world of STEM outside of the classroom.


Location: Caterpillar, Frank Perkins Way, Peterborough, PE1 5FQ

Placements are available with Caterpillar throughout the year (term time and holidays), supported by £1000 of ENTHUSE bursary funding.

The next scheduled placement will take place from in October 2019. Prior to the placement, teachers will be required to attend an induction meeting.

To express your interest in a placement, please complete this form and send it to: 

The final part of the scheme is a one-day professional development experience held 4 to 6 months after your placement.

This opportunity is suitable for secondary and further education STEM teaching professionals and/or professionals with additional responsibility for careers.

The placement week will be divided in to 15 sessions, giving you the chance to meet a wide variety of employees who will talk to you about their career routes, job roles and how STEM is used in their daily work. You will visit many areas of the business to see how we use different technologies to  design, build and test engines as well as participate in activities which will help develop your understanding of how STEM is used across the company. Following the placement, you will look at further partner activities with Caterpillar, including a tour of the factory and site for students aged 16 years or older.

You can read case studies from previous participants of this placement, giving you a real life example of their experience and what they gained from being part of it here.

Going on a placement at Caterpillar will help you to:

Inspire your students – See first-hand the wide range of careers available to students in this industry, by working at the cutting edge site in Peterborough. Understand about the future employment opportunities and what this industry can offer your students.

Build strong links with a local employer – connect with a local employer to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership. Help to boost your students’ confidence in making career choices and support the development of their employability skills. Find out more about the skills and competencies required for a career in an international engineering company, gain ideas for future collaboration (e.g. work experience, mentoring, speakers). Develop your own understanding on how real life engineering can inspire your students to consider STEM careers and further study.

Enhance your advice on careers options– gain useful information about how to support students to make careers choices within STEM, taking into consideration future growth areas within STEM industries and both academic and vocational career routes.

Employer Background

For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. The world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, Caterpillar in the UK employs more than 10,000 people at 20 major facilities. The Peterborough facility is where the research, design, development, manufacture, sales, marketing and ongoing support for Cat® and Perkins® diesel engines from 0.5 up to 7.1 litres – which can power a ride-on mower through to a backhoe loader – takes place.

To find out more about Caterpillar, visit their website


This placement offers you a:

• unique chance to experience STEM work in modern industry and use this insight to transform careers guidance throughout your school
• invaluable CPD opportunity which will equip your school or college to respond to the Government’s careers strategy

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