Calling employers: UWE £1500 graduate internship schemes now open

Issue date: 18 November 2014

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Employers who are interested in recruiting a recent UWE graduate can take advantage of two salary-subsidy internship schemes run by UWE Bristol.

The UWE Graduate Internships Scheme provides match-funding and support to employers of any size for UWE graduates who graduated in 2014.

This scheme, for private and public sector employers, offers them funding of £1500 for each internship. In return, employers must at least match this funding, guaranteeing that the intern receives the minimum wage or above. Internships can be for 12 weeks full-time, or 24-week part-time and must start by 9 January 2015. A total of 50 internships will be subsidised.

The second scheme is a partnership between UWE Bristol and Santander Universities Global Division, specifically aimed at small or medium businesses who wish to recruit UWE graduates from 2012, 2013 or 2014 graduating cohorts. There are up to 18 internships available under this scheme which is open to SMEs with a workforce of less than 250 and turnover of up to £50 million. These also offer match-funding of £1500 per internship.

Sharlene Battle said, “These are cost-effective and low risk opportunities, offering recruiters financial help and support to employ a UWE graduate on a fixed-term project.

“Potential employers can advertise an internship through UWE's vacancy management system, UWE CareerHub which targets relevant candidates.

“These schemes were launched to support the local economy by helping businesses to employ, train and mentor quality graduates.

“They will improve the employment prospects of graduates by developing relevant knowledge and experience and allow businesses to afford extra staff resources in order to undertake specific tasks or projects.”

UWE has a dedicated internships team who provide employers and interns with advice, guidance and tips on how to make the internship a successful experience for both. The internships should give the graduate a meaningful opportunity to build skills, knowledge and confidence in a professional area of work. Employers should provide constructive feedback on tasks, highlighting skills and competencies gained by interns as well as the benefits to their business.

For further information about the scheme, please see the frequently asked questions page, e-mail or telephone +44(0)117 32 85353.

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