Graduate internships help plug local skills shortage

“There is a skills shortage and this helps to fill that gap. It takes time to mentor and develop someone in industry and the internship scheme gives you a head start with that process.”

David Clarke, Technical Quality Manager, Steelite International

Staffordshire University is helping to boost employment in the region by pairing up local businesses with skilled graduates.

A scheme run by Staffordshire University’s specialist recruitment service Unitemps is providing local employers with the opportunity to take on a graduate for 12 weeks on a cost effective paid internship programme.

The successful scheme has placed 60 graduates with over 50 employers since it began in 2013 and 80% of interns have been offered permanent employment as a result.

Unitemps Employment Team Manager Jonathan Fogarty believes this is beneficial for both employer and graduate.

He said: “It's a brilliant opportunity for employers to get to know a graduate before deciding if they would like to offer them a permanent role plus it gives the graduate valuable hands-on industry experience.”

“We've only been running this internship offer for a couple of years and a lot of employers are unaware of the service so we really want to get the message out there.”

The scheme supports companies in a variety of job roles with Unitemps providing a hassle free recruitment service to help them find the most suitable graduates. A further benefit is that Unitemps is part of a wider network of branches, which leads to a much larger graduate talent pool.

As an added service Staffordshire University’s Careers Network offers coaching to its graduates to ensure that they are well-prepared for the application and interview process.

Global ceramics manufacturer Steelite International is among businesses to have benefitted from the scheme. They took on Staffordshire University graduate Chloé Dymond (pictured) through the initiative.

Technical Quality Manager David Clarke said: “Chloe was the outstanding applicant for the position and I had no hesitation in offering her the opportunity to work at Steelite International. It's good for us as a business and for the intern too - both of you know what's on the table.”

“There is a skills shortage and this helps to fill that gap. It takes time to mentor and develop someone in industry and the internship scheme gives you a head start with that process.”

Chloe, who studied a degree in 3D Design and Ceramics, was offered a permanent position after the 12 weeks with the Burslem based company. She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. It gave me an insight to what my future at Steelite International could be like - exciting and full of prospect. I gained a lot of key experience and knowledge within the 12 week period.”

Employers and graduates can find out more about the internship scheme by calling Unitemps on 01782 294995 or emailing internships@staffs.ac.uk

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