Turing Scheme FAQs
Here are the answers to some of the questions we are asked more often:
How does it work?
Placements occur throughout the year, meaning we operate a rolling application process to accommodate several departure dates. We have limited spaces for each cohort that gets sent out and process applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. So don't wait to apply! If your application is successful, we will help you start preparing for your placement.
How much choice will I have over the company I get placed in?
You can find all open job descriptions on the sector pages, and as part of your application process, you have to include your preference. We will process your application, and should you qualify, send your CV to the companies you've selected. We cannot however guarantee that you will get placed there.
What happens before I start my Turing Scheme internship?
You will have to complete compulsory onboarding training with Twin and complete your chosen course credits before starting your placement. The training, usually taking place at our Greenwich school, due to COVID-19, is now delivered remotely and, depending on your course, can take between 3 and 5 days to complete.
What happens if I can't speak Spanish or Portuguese?
It is not a requirement to speak the local language, most companies will speak English, and our partners in Spain and Portugal all speak English. We provide a Spanish Language course in Spain, and by living in Seville, Valencia or Lisbon, you will soon pick up the basics!
What happens now the UK left the EU?
Well - despite no longer taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, we are still offering the same fully-funded opportunities and work experiences - thanks to the UK government's Turing Scheme.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is that there are now different entry restrictions for UK citizens. If you want to travel to the EU for a Turing internship, you may not have travelled to the EU within 90 days prior to the programme departure dates, and again for 90 days after your placement ended.
What do I need to take?
We will provide you with an advised packing list before departure, but please check weather conditions for your travel time.
During your work experience placement, you will need to dress smart/casual. It may be that your host company will provide you with a uniform or advise you on appropriate attire to pack. Your host company will also let you know if you are required to bring your laptop or any other equipment.
Bedding is provided, but please bring your own towels.
How many hours per week will I work?
Just like the rest of us attempting this adulting thing, you'll be working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
However, if you are completing a Hospitality Management internship, you may be working on a rota – and that could mean that your standard week may not be Monday to Friday.
Will I have weekends off?
This depends on individual placements. Some hotel based placements may work on a rota, in which case participants may be required to work some weekends. In this case, individuals will take a couple of days off during the week.
Individuals working in office-based placements will not work on the weekends.
Will I have any free time?
Yes, you will have free time to enjoy your surroundings and the local area as well as specially arranged social evenings.
In terms of the level of responsibility that I would be given in my role, would my experience be considered?
Most work experience placements are entry-level positions – but if you impress the employer, who is to say you won't be given more responsibly – or even a job offer at the end of your placement?
What happens if I drop out?
You must commit to the full duration of the course. If you leave without completing, you will be liable for the full cost of funding.
What support do you offer?
No need to worry about venturing out on your own to a new country. We look after our people and provide 24/7 support before and during your Turing Scheme placement. Depending on COVID restrictions, a member of our team might even fly out with you, introduce you to your company, and assist with transitioning into living abroad. But if they can't physically be there with you, they will virtually support you through the entire process.
Where will I be staying?
We will arrange for your accommodation in one of our residential providers but most accommodation is single en-suite rooms with shared facilities. You can find out more about the accommodation available in each country on their respective pages.
Is insurance included?
We provide fully comprehensive travel insurance, including 3rd party liability and repatriation. However, this policy will only cover individual items to the value of approx. £300.00. If you are taking expensive laptops or mobile phones, we suggest you take a separate policy to cover these, but it is not possible to use the policy we provide as an excess to your individual policy.
It is also a stipulation of the programme that you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
You can obtain an EHIC card here.
What is there to do in Dublin?
Being Ireland's capital city, Dublin is the most vibrant place in the country. Well known for its arts scene, you will be able to find music, art and theatre at your fingertips. Ireland is known just as well for its welcoming and characteristic people; you will be sure to have a good time getting to know the locals. Discover Dublin here
What is there to do in Lisbon?
Lisbon is Portugal's capital city, meaning it is one of Portugal's major centres of commerce. You can find excellent dining, culture and entertainment options here, especially as Lisbon is home to a thriving nightlife. You can find plenty of quiet places too, and the daytime atmosphere is just the right kind of lively thanks to a famous Cafe culture. Read more about Lisbon here
What is there to do in Seville?
Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain. There are plenty of things to do to occupy all interests, including museums and landmarks, shopping, dining out and a vibrant nightlife to explore. Find out more about Seville here
What is there to do in Valencia?
Visit the Valencia Cathedral to see the Holy Grail, lounge on the many beaches, go shopping in Valencia's Central Market or walk along the old Turia river bed. Valencia has something for everyone with a mix of the old and ultra-modern. You can read more about Valencia here
Cost of living
Is Dublin expensive?
Dublin is roughly the same cost of living as London. A public transport monthly pass will cost around 140€ – luckily, we'll provide you with a travel card!
Is Lisbon expensive?
Portugal is not an expensive country which makes Lisbon one of the most attractive European capital cities. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is only 8.50€, and 0.5 litres of draught beer a mere 2€
Is Seville expensive?
Seville is not an expensive place; shopping at supermarkets will cost around €30-40/week. A nice dinner out can cost around €10 per person and drinks are inexpensive too.
Local travel cards are not provided. Participants normally walk or cycle to their jobs, but, if they have to go by bus or metro, the average monthly cost is around 35€, based on a daily return journey.
Is Valencia expensive?
Since Spain is a gateway for food imports in Europe, it's no surprise that food prices are lower than the average in Europe. If you're not fond of walking, a monthly pass on public transport averages about 40€