Graduate interns add value to local companies

Published: 1 September 2010 at 10:54

Low cost interns available for companies signing up before end of September

Companies registering with Anglia Ruskin University’s Graduate Internship Programme for a graduate intern by 30 September 2010 will qualify for a big reduction in the cost of the scheme, and it is expected that many businesses will take advantage of the saving to help improve performance during the challenging economic conditions.

Shearline Precision Engineering Ltd, based in Ely, approached Anglia Ruskin University’s Graduate Internship Office in June 2010 for assistance with a marketing strategy project to explore new markets for the company.

Graduate Sherif Abou Touk, an International Business graduate from the University of East London, was quickly recruited by Anglia Ruskin to work full-time at Shearline for the length of the project. Andy Hayward, Sales & Marketing Director of Shearline, said:

"Sherif made a significant contribution to the company. He produced a substantial report which has given us insights into our operation which are fresh and different, as well as helping us to strengthen the direction of our marketing plans. We were very impressed by Sherif’s enthusiasm and ability to understand our operation quickly and we are already using some of the market intelligence he has gathered for us. The project has been a great success."

Andy commented:

"Anglia Ruskin University’s Internship Scheme is very well run and administered and we are very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend it to other colleagues and customers - well done to all concerned."

The graduate is employed by Anglia Ruskin University but works full-time in the business on a graduate-level project for eight to twelve weeks, while the University takes care of all the administration: advertising, recruitment, short-listing, setting up interviews and completing the employment and remuneration documentation.

Companies registering by 30 September 2010 will qualify for a discount of £100 per week, making the cost to the company only £150 per week plus VAT, instead of the standard cost of £250 per week plus VAT. The graduate receives a weekly wage of £250 (tax and NI exempt).  The discount has been made possible with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). From 1 October 2010 the cost to companies will return to £250 per week plus VAT.