Thames Valley Universitys business facing division, FutureSkills, is launching a Graduate Internship Scheme which starts on 8 February and is designed to tackle unprecedented levels of graduate unemployment and provide real benefits to businesses.
The scheme places students with companies for a period of eight weeks in return for a small fee, significantly less than the cost of employing someone for that period.
Graduate unemployment has increased by 44% in 12 months according to data from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit. TVU says it is essential that this is dealt with as soon as possible. Work experience is becoming increasingly important for graduates, they say, and internships are an ideal way to gain this “foot in the door”.
This internship is about improving employability and giving graduates the chance to gain some transferable skills, essential for progression in their chosen careers.
The scheme runs for eight weeks, six weeks of which are spent with the employer working on a project. The other two weeks are spent at university studying on 3 full time intensive courses; vodcasting, presentation and communication skills, and career planning and enhancement. The scheme has two further start dates, 19 April and 18 June 2010.
Cec Richards, director of Mobsventures said: For us these internships are perfect, working in digital media we need young fresh eyes. We put our money where our mouth is, and recruit young people giving them the chance to lead on projects. This internship scheme adds value for the intern, and it adds value for us.
Ian Gibbs, head of innovation at TVU FutureSkills said: TVUs graduate internship programme offers graduates from any discipline, and any university fantastic opportunities within leading firms. By coupling targeted training with tailored placements, each graduate receives real life, high level exposure to forward thinking businesses.
This is a fixed term project with a limited number of funded graduates. If you are interested in taking an intern or would like more information contact FutureSkills on 0300 123 2244, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.tvu.ac.uk/FSintern.