Tech Trainees is the British Council’s new Tier 5 Visa sponsorship service that enables UK companies in the STEM and applied arts fields to bring qualified overseas trainees to the UK for paid, project-related placements.
Through the service, we can provide Certificates of Sponsorship for trainees from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) identified by UK businesses, to support their successful Tier 5 Visa applications for UK-based work placements.
How does it work?
- A UK company that has identified a suitable undergraduate or postgraduate student from a country outside of the EEA applies for a Certificate of Sponsorship through the Tech Trainees service.
- The British Council works directly with the host company to issue the Certificate of Sponsorship as part of our A-rated Tier 5 Sponsorship Licence, which enables us to act as an overarching sponsor for individuals who meet set eligibility criteria (see below).
- Once the Certificate of Sponsorship is issued, the trainee can then apply for their Tier 5 Visa.
If you are a UK company that has identified a suitable overseas trainee for a paid placement in your company, you can apply for the Tech Trainees service or find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an undergraduate looking for paid placements, see our opportunities for students.