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Tier 5 Engineering Internship Visa Sponsorship Service, United Kingdom

Our brand new Tier 5 Engineering Internship Programme is ideal for non-EU and non-EEA engineering students, who want to find a placement that will enable them to experience the working and cultural life in the UK, and learn key skills to take back to their home country.

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Twin’s Tier 5 Engineering Internship Programme is a licensed Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) scheme, backed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and designed to allow non-EU and non-EEA graduates and undergraduates to gain valuable work experience in the engineering sector in the UK.

In September 2014 Twin Group was granted a Tier 5 licence by the UKBA (UK Border Agency), which gives us the unique opportunity to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) to successful applicants, for a 4-12 month engineering placement. The aim of this programme is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the UK culture, develop their professional English skills, and gain valuable vocational skills from reputable UK engineering companies.

We are offering the following service for enrolment on this programme:

  • You source your own placement company, then Twin will prepare you and your employer for the programme and provide the Confirmation of Sponsorship letter that you need to apply for your Tier 5 visa. 

Our Programme Officers will guide you through the application and Skype interview process, so that you can find a placement which is relevant to your studies and career progression. Our Programme Officers will remain as a point of contact throughout your placement to support and monitor you, so we can check that everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy in your placement. We will do this in a number of ways, through online reports, email, telephone and face-to-face visits at your company.

The internship you find for yourself must be supernumerary, a structured placement that will last for a minimum of 25 hours per week. Your internship must also be paid at National Minimum Wage, and any payment above this is discretionary and will be decided by your company. The Tier 5 Engineering Internship Programme is available to engineering graduates who have finished their degree within the last 12 months.


If you are interested in taking on a Twin Tier 5 Engineering Graduate, then please click here to find out more details.

Project details

  • What's included?
  • Dates & duration
  • Eligibility
  • Location
  • Project life
  • Accommodation
  • Flights & Visas
  • Insurance

What's included?

  • Assistance in completing the application process and enrolling onto the programme with Twin
  • Tier 5 visa sponsorship for a 4-12 month paid placement in the engineering sector
  • Support and monitoring during placement
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Induction in London
  • Return airport transfers
  • Certificate of completion of programme

If you require a more bespoke itinerary with added extras such as English tuition, tickets to attractions, or anything else, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange it for you accordingly.

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Transport during the placement
  • Accommodation and food
  • Sightseeing and social activities
  • Insurance (for EU applicants from outside the UK)
  • Visa application fees

Dates and duration

  • Our Tier 5 Engineering Internship Programme runs throughout the year, and your placement can start at any time, depending on your host company’s requirements, and your availability to travel.
  • The minimum duration of the internship is 4 months and the maximum is 12 months, which is in-line with the Tier 5 visa restrictions.


  • Age: 18+
  • English level: IELTs Level 6.0 (relevant certificates are required)
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in engineering within 1 year graduation, (qualification checks completed by UK NARIC)
  • Must meet specific requirements to obtain a Tier 5 visa
  • Proof of financial status: bank statements proving you have sufficient funds, (£945), as per your visa requirements, and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days
  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your programme end date, and you must have sufficient blank pages in your passport for your Tier 5 visa
  • Be able and willing to commit to the full programme duration, and return to your home country on completion of the internship


Project life

When you independently organise your placement and Twin prepares you and your employer for the programme where we then provide your COS letter, your experience will be as follows:

  1. You enrol onto the programme following the application process that is run by the Tier 5 programme co-ordinator, and you place your enrolment deposit of £200.
  2. Once you have enrolled, you must find your internship placement. Once you have found an employer you immediately inform us and we contact them to brief them as to their responsibilities as a Tier 5 internship host company
  3. Once you and the host company are happy, we are in a position to confirm your internship. Twin would then be able to provide you with your COS letter once you have organised your remaining balance, then you can apply for your Tier 5 visa with this letter.
  4. You would then begin your internship programme upon obtaining your Tier 5 visa.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation and food are not included in the price of the programme.

We advise that you ask your host company for guidance on local estate agents, or if they provide any staff accommodation. House and flat prices outside of London tend to be cheaper, and the cost of this or the area that you will be located in, should be considered when you begin your application with us.

You can also discuss accommodation options with your Twin Placement Officer, as they will be happy to guide and advise you where they can.

Flights, Transportation & Visas

  • London has four major airports which domestic and international flights arrive at:
    • Heathrow
    • Gatwick
    • Stansted
    • Luton
  • Transport from any of these airports to your accommodation can be arranged for an extra fee

Safety & Insurance

All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.

  • We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
  • We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provide support locally.
  • We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
  • If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.


Insurance options...

Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.

  • For UK participants: Here are the full details of our partnership with Endsleigh.

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All engineering placements must be based in the UK. 

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