TDK-Lambda's involvement in the Engineering Development Trust's Year in Industry (YINI) scheme is attracting students from across the UK on placements in Ilfracombe.
The YINI scheme co-ordinates paid career development work placements for students completing A-levels/Scottish Highers/equivalent qualifications or as part of a university sandwich year.
Osamah Bayati, studying computer networks and communications at the University of Westminster, School of Electronics and Computer Science, completed his YINI programme with TDK-Lambda UK in July 2013. During his placement, Osamah investigated the potential impact of introducing desktop virtualisation into the company. This separates the desktop environment and associated application software from the physical client device that is used to access it.
"Desktop Virtualisation could offer potential business benefits in relation with business continuity and disaster recovery, capital cost reductions and a decrease in IT administration overheads," said Clive Davies, manufacturing engineering and IT manager at TDK-Lambda.
"Osamah worked with a number of providers to conduct various experiments that involved active TDK-Lambda employees working in a 'virtualised' environment. This was a very high level project. Osamah's professional approach to the project and his attention to detail enabled us to fully understand the potential, or not, that virtualisation can bring to our business."
Kacper Terebus, studying computer hardware and software engineering at Coventry University, is undertaking this year's YINI placement with the company.
Based within the sales and marketing department, he is working on a web-based application for the sales team.
"Kacper's project is proceeding extremely well," said Paul Goodwin, product manager. "We anticipate that he will complete it ahead of schedule, with more of the requested features implemented at release than were originally planned."
"I am a strong supporter of the YINI programme," said Phil Scotcher, TDK-Lamdba's general manager. "The placements give us access to talented, dedicated students who can drive the business forward, while we help students develop and build the skills and knowledge for which future employers are looking – it's also a great way to earn while you learn."