Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is to fund a programme of paid internships to offer graduates and undergraduates the opportunity to get real work experience.
LJMU will fund up to 140 hours/20 day internships and each intern will be paid a living wage by the university for the duration of the internship.
The host organisation commits to participating in the recruitment process, giving applicants feedback, giving the successful interns an appropriate experience of the world of work and a reference.
Corinne McGinty, marketing and events co-ordinator at Mersey Maritime is an enthusiastic supporter of the project having seen the value of internships from the point of view of both an intern and working in an organisation that has employed interns.
She said: “In 2014 LJMU helped me to secure a funded internship with the International Festival for Business (IFB). Prior to starting I was invited to a training day with the World of Work to ensure I was prepared, make sure I got the best out my time there and knew how to record the experiences and skills I was gaining on my CV.
“This was something that gave me the confidence to get stuck into my placement, asking questions, looking for opportunities to do more and learn as much as possible.
“In 2016, having secured a graduate job in the sponsorship team with IFB as a direct result of the internship, I had the opportunity to recruit 11 interns to assist us at the festival.
“They were a fantastic asset, arriving ready for the work environment and providing us with the extra capacity our small team needed to ensure that our sponsors were looked after. I think it’s a no brainer for businesses to take advantage of this ‘free’ talent.”
For more information on the programme contact LJMU’s Employer Engagement Team on 0151 231 8751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org