Thursday, 14 June 2012
Graduates and businesses are being urged to join forces in a new drive to up-skill the West Midlands.
The University of Worcester has begun a campaign to find 100 internship positions across the region, providing businesses with enthusiastic and talented graduates.
Local businesses and graduates of any university are being urged to sign up to the scheme, which is part of the Graduate Advantage initiative, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Laura Lewis, Graduate Internships and Employment Co-ordinator at the University of Worcester, said: “We are looking for small to medium size enterprises, with 250 employees or less, who are keen to take on a graduate, who in return can breathe fresh ideas and enthusiasm into their business.
“At the same time we are looking for talented graduates from across the region to partner up with these businesses, therefore providing a mutually beneficial placement.”
Internships can be anything from two day to 12 months in length and graduates are paid a minimum of £6.75 per hour.
Three years ago Ben Whitehouse started an internship at Malvern Instruments, organised through the University of Worcester.
As a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, Ben was keen to move back to his native Worcestershire to find work and saw the internship advertised. The placement was perfect for the Business graduate and at the end of the 12 months the firm extended his contract for another year.
“The internship provided me with the perfect stepping stone into HR,” Ben said. “Without it I would not have had the necessary experience and skills to move into the role of HR Specialist – Recruitment at the Music Group.”
Now, following in his footsteps Ben’s brother Jack has started an internship placement.
Jack, also a Sheffield Hallam graduate, is working at the University of Worcester helping to find internship placements for his peers.
“Internships provide vital skills that you do not get during university,” he said. “But graduates also bring new skills and ideas to businesses so it’s a win win situation. I’m delighted to now be working and helping to provide similar opportunities to other graduates around the region.”
For more information about how to get involved in the internship scheme contact Laura Lewis on 01905 855354 or email email@example.com