Placement FAQs

Below are answers to a range of frequently asked questions related to year-out placements with JN Bentley:

1. What does JN Bentley look for in a placement student?

2. How many offices does JN Bentley have?

3. What industrial year-out placements does JN Bentley offer?

4. How many industrial year-out placement positions do you offer for each role?

5. What type of recruitment process does JN Bentley run?

6. How do I apply and when can I send in my application?

7. What is the closing date for applications?

8. If I secure an interview, where will it be held?

9. How long will it be until JN Bentley gets back to me?

10. Can I claim back my travel expenses?

11. If I secure a placement, where will I work?

12. If I secure a placment, when can I start?

13. What will be my working hours?

14. How long will my placement last?

15. How much holiday will I receive?


1. What does JN Bentley look for in a placement student?

JN Bentley is an innovative, forward-thinking company with many opportunities for placement students.  We look for students who have a keen interest in construction, make use of their initiative and thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment.

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2. How many offices does JN Bentley have?

JN Bentley has a number of offices across their operating regions throughout the UK, with the head office based in Skipton (North Yorkshire). Other offices are located in Durham, Skelmersdale (North West), Blackburn (North West), Shifnal (Shropshire), Leeds, Peterborough and Wales.  Further details can be found here.

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3. What industrial year-out placements does JN Bentley offer?

JN Bentley offers placements in:

Please follow the links above for full details.

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4. How many industrial year-out placement positions do you offer for each role?

JN Bentley generally offers one placement position for each role.  However, on some occasions - especially in engineering - we recruit more than one placement student.  This depends on the company's needs, which develop year-on-year.

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5. What type of recruitment process does JN Bentley run?

Depending on the role you're applying for, you may be asked to attend either an assessment centre or an interview.

The assessment centre can vary in style but will generally include a group activity, a specific task relating to the role and an individual interview. Don't worry though, we try our best to keep the day fun and relaxed to make sure we get the best out of our applicants.

JN Bentley keeps its interview informal in style.  The process consists of a series of questions, none of them trick ones, you'll be glad to know.  The only 'formal' part of the interview will be when we ask you to talk about yourself.  Here we prefer you to just speak rather than produce a fancy PowerPoint presentation.

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6. How do I apply and when can I send my application?

As soon as you see JN Bentley's placements advertised you can apply for current vacancies.

Alternatively, you can send your CV and a covering letter with the placement job title and location(s) you want to apply for, to careers@jnbentley.co.uk or post to our HR Department, JN Bentley Ltd, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QR.

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7. What is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for placement applications is displayed on each role description.

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8. If I secure an interview, where will it be held?

Nine times out of ten your interview will be where your placement is advertised to be.  However, on some occasions the interview may be at a different office location - if you live nearer to one of our offices rather than where the placement is, for instance.

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9. How long will it be until JN Bentley gets back to me?

Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt - we will then process your application as soon as possible.

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10. Can I claim back my travel expenses?

JN Bentley is more than happy to reimburse any reasonable travel costs associated with attending a placement interview. 

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11. If I secure a placement, where will I work?

You will work at the location where your placement has been advertised.  Full details can be found on each placement page, located here.

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12. If I secure a placement, when can I start?

A choice of start dates will be sent to you with your offer letter.  We are very flexible on start dates, with most students starting their placements between June and September each year.

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13. What will be my working hours?

JN Bentley's standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week, with general working hours between 8:30am and 5pm - with an hour for lunch.  This might vary depending on the role you are doing and the responsibilities you've been given.  Sometimes you might be asked to start work early or finish later depending on the demands of the job.

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14. How long will my placement last?

All JN Bentley placements last for a minimum of 12 months, but there may be a chance for you to extend your placement for an extra couple of months or even until your third year of university begins.

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15. How much holiday will I receive?

All of our employees receive 26 days holiday plus all statutory and bank holidays too. 

5 days have to be used at Christmas when the whole business closes for the week.  Our holiday runs from the beginning of March until the end of February and as a placement student you are entitled to the same amount of holidays as permanent employees but your holiday entitlement will begin from your start date until your last day.

If you choose not to use all of your holiday entitlement then we will pay for your remaining days in your last wage packet.

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