Over 30 students from Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire College attended the Junior Internship Programme Speed Interview session held at Worcester Bosch last month.
The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Patnership (WLEP) event took place in December with over 100 interviews thought to have taken place during the evening. Each student got to pick up to 4 employers they would like to speak to, from the available 15 employers.
The Junior Internship Programme is a 2-year programme which aims to provide sixth form students from Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire College with the valuable opportunity to be matched with an employer from whom they will receive monthly mentoring and 2 weeks of work experience for each year of the programme.
In its inaugural year, the programme has seen some success with 2 interns securing full time jobs with British luxury car manufacturer, Morgan Motor Company. Due to the success of the programme the WLEP has expanded the number of places available from 14 in the first year, to 26 places available in the second year.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is great to see local businesses supporting the Junior Internship programme. With workforce skills being a key concern for businesses, utilising new initiatives like the Junior Internship programme is a crucial part of helping address the skills deficit.”
Katherine Moule, HR Business Partner for Worcester Bosch, added: “The Junior Internship Programme provides a number of benefits to us at Worcester Bosch. We get the opportunity to meet new, exciting talent and use fresh ideas to make our business fit for the future. We pair up a suitable mentor with the Junior Intern to provide advice and guidance, as well as offering vital work experience that gives the Junior Intern the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and see how a real company operates.”
The list of employers that were taking part in the Junior Internship Programme included: Worcester Bosch, Neoperl, Morgan Motor Company, Malvern Panalytical, Southco Manufacturing, Ubi-tech, Specsavers, Payara, OGL Computer, Open GI, Artwork Creative, Jacobs, borwell, Airducts products and Worcestershire County Council.
To find out more about the Junior Internship Programme please visit here.