University launches new internships scheme

“It’s a golden opportunity for employers to try before they buy and the best possible outcome is that the graduates can progress their careers with a local employer which in turn contributes to the local economy.”

Carol Bragg, Employment Services Co-ordinator

Businesses and graduates are being invited to attend the launch of a new paid graduate internship scheme.

Taking place at Staffordshire University’s Stoke campus on February 1, the event aims to provide information on the new government-backed scheme which will be co-ordinated by the University’s Careers Service.

Thanks to funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund, there are up to 50 internships available, with the potential for more over the next three years. This follows the success of the University’s previous schemes which have already filled 136 internships over an 18 month period.

Carol Bragg, Employment Services Co-ordinator at the University said: “As well as it being a great experience for interns to put on their CV’s, in around 40 per cent of cases, it has led to offers of employment  for the graduates who have taken part.

“It’s a golden opportunity for employers to try before they buy and the best possible outcome is that the graduates can progress their careers with a local employer which in turn contributes to the local economy.”

Having already benefitted from a similar scheme which ran last year, Stafford–based IT support company EPX are among the 20 firms who have already expressed an interest in the scheme.

EPX director Daniel Ellis, himself a graduate of Staffordshire University, said; “There are so many talented graduates who need that little bit of experience in the workplace to help them on their way.

“Last year a graduate who came to us under a similar scheme fitted in so well and was such a credit to the company that we took her on permanently. It was a real win win situation and I cannot recommend it enough to others, both graduates and employers!”

Aimed at keeping graduates in the region, the scheme gives employers the opportunity to enlist the skills of a graduate for six weeks to grow and develop a part of their business.

The graduate will receive a total of £1537.50, £1000 of which will be provided through the University, the employer providing 35%. The scheme is open to any graduates living in the West Midlands.

The launch event takes place in the Ashley Lecture Theatre on Wednesday February 1 from 5.00 – 7.00pm. Anyone wanting to attend can book a place by contacting Carol Bragg on 01785 353312 or internships@staffs.ac.uk.

 

 

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