Student interns just the job for local industry
Release Date 08 March 2013
Local businesses can reap the benefits of skilled and passionate interns thanks to a new student placement programme.
The Reading Internship Scheme, recently launched by the University of Reading's Careers, Placement and Experience Centre is offering local small to medium sized businesses the opportunity to take on talented students for a 4-12 week internship.
Job Shop and Internship Co-ordinator Jonathan Bainbridge said: "During this tough economic period the scheme offers local industry access to students with a wealth of new ideas and a fresh approach combined with a willingness to learn. It can also act as a springboard towards a more permanent role, allowing businesses to reduce their recruitment costs."
The scheme provides a full account management service to employers which handles the application process and assists with short listing. It also offers students preparation sessions before their internship takes place, ensuring they are well prepared and ready to maximise the opportunity it represents.
Joy Atkins, owner of Spice activity club in Berkshire, took on a University of Reading intern last year. Joy said: "Our student intern made a real difference which is exactly what we wanted. We've loved having her around and were delighted to have offered her a part-time job during her final year of University."
Converter Technology Ltd in Reading also welcomed a student intern. Their Technical Director, Dr Iain Mosely, said: "Our student did a great job last summer, was capable of tackling a steep learning curve, largely autonomously, and made a significant contribution to the progress of our exciting new product range."
The University of Reading's employability figures are the highest for a decade with 92% of University of Reading graduates who were available or looking for work/study are either in employment, in further study or taking up voluntary or unpaid work opportunities. These statistics put Reading's performance above the national average.
Jonathan Bainbridge added: "Work experience is cited by employers as one of the most important factors in their recruitment of graduates. The University of Reading provides opportunities for students of all disciplines to take a placement as part of their course."
The Reading Internship Scheme runs between Jul 2013 and January 2014. The employer is obliged to pay a salary of at least national minimum wage.