There are two key types of experience that you can offer young people in your company: internships and work experience. Although in practice the two terms tend to be used inter-changeably, an internship is a fixed-term work placement, usually completed as part of a qualification process, such as gaining a university degree. Internships essentially lay the basic foundations for the intern to gain a better knowledge of the workings of their chosen profession, as they are set tasks to complete throughout the placement and help form part of the company’s projects, presentations and ventures. Generally they must be paid the NMW (national minimum wage) if they are of UK nationality but UK government regulations allow European nationals on grant schemes like the EU based Erasmus scheme to work unpaid in the UK. Work experience, however, gives young people the chance to simply get a more basic overview of an industry, with the participant carrying out more limited tasks or job shadowing, on a voluntary basis. Payment is not a statutory requirement in the UK in this instance.
Our students all come from other EU countries, and usually will be studying a particular work area, as well as possessing good or even fluent English. We think they can really make a very positive contribution to your business. We match up the student’s skill sets to your requirements as a company and thus ensure a ‘best fit’.
For further information:
Download our brochure 2018 for companies looking for interns for detailed information
Download the safeguarding policies for those companies taking students between the ages of 16 and 18
Download the document detailing company good practice in relation to taking on students for internships or work placements.