The purpose of a work experience placement should be to give a university undergraduate the opportunity to enhance their skills, come to terms with the office environment, make contacts and above all, improve their skillsets for CV purposes.
While some interns may be tasked with some of the more mundane tasks such as filling out spreadsheets, taking down minutes in meetings and occasionally making the tea and coffee, they should leave their placement having learnt more than that otherwise it is utterly pointless.
We asked what the most clichéd, ridiculous or horrible task that interns were assigned to do on work experience was and it received lots of shocking responses. Read more
Kensington Palace officials have revealed that William has spent three weeks working with Britain’s secret services to understand how the country’s security and intelligence services work. He spent time shadowing the foreign intelligence service MI6, worked with the domestic security service MI5, and finally with GCHQ, the government’s secret listening service. Read more
A leading business group is calling for compulsory work experience to be re-instated for school pupils.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) wants employment placements brought back for students aged 14 to 16.
Mike Cherry, FSB chairman, said: “More than 40 per cent of small firms already offer work experience either as part of the recruitment process or through their community outreach but now it’s time that this is taken to the next level. Read more
A top criminal barrister has unveiled a seriously tasty paid work experience offer, paid for out of his own pocket — just weeks after slating another chambers for advertising an “unpaid” internship.
Jaime Hamilton QC was among the lawyers outraged at Legal Cheek‘s revelation last month that London set 9KBW was seeking an intern for up to six months with only travel expenses paid. The 9 St John Street silk labelled the scheme “plain wrong” and promised to “put my money where my mouth is” by offering paid work experience of his own. 9KBW has since pulled its offer.
Trailblazing Hamilton is now set to deliver on this pledge. Giving details of his work placement, the blogging barrister says that the successful applicant will get £700 plus £300 expenses while spending “two weeks gaining an insight into life as a barrister”.
Hamilton, whose work includes serious sexual offence trials, says that the fortnight will have “real value” and be more than “two weeks of following me around”. Clearly not a man to do things by halves, Hamilton explains that the work experience comes with some extremely generous extras:
“During the course of the placement I will undertake two sessions of advocacy training, one towards the beginning of the period and one towards the end. Tim Collins, a consultant in legal recruitment, has kindly offered to give the successful candidate a CV and interview clinic via Skype. I will then build on that session with a further discussion about applications to chambers. There will be a day spent in the clerks room, seeing how the administration of chambers works. Subject to their availability, I have also arranged that the successful candidate will spend a day marshalling with a Circuit Judge and will spend a day with a firm of criminal solicitors.”
What’s more, the Manchester-based silk has already persuaded a colleague to follow his example. Nicholas Clarke QC, also of 9 St John Street, is matching Hamilton’s £700 offer. The pair will select one candidate each from a shortlist of ten. Those shortlisted but not selected following a Skype interview will get a signed copy of the bestselling Secret Barrister book.
Writing on his A view from the North blog, Hamilton explains that “an unpaid internship gives someone with the money to afford to work for free an advantage over someone that does not have the same means”.
Read full article here: https://www.legalcheek.com/2019/05/top-qc-details-paid-work-experience-offer-in-rebuke-to-chambers-unpaid-internship/
Despite a number of attempts to bolster social mobility around the world, the evidence suggests a limited amount of improvement has been achieved. Read more
Winners of the INFINITI Engineering Academy have begun their real-world Formula 1 experience by helping design and build this year’s Renault R.S.19. car. Three students are five months into a once-in-a-lifetime work placement at Renault F1® Team situated in both the design office and composites department. Read more
… isn’t something that can be done on campus. It’s an internship.
When employers recently named the most important elements in hiring a recent graduate, college reputation, GPA, and courses finished at the bottom of the list. At the top were experiences outside of academics: Internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurriculars. Read more
When a potential employer sifts through a mountain of résumés, those who demonstrate practical work backgrounds and evidence of internship experience are prioritised.
By attaining first-hand exposure to work in the real world, you maximise your understanding of your chosen profession, showing employers that you’re passionate about starting your career and that you exude a strong work ethic.
Another angle that works in students’ favour lies in the connections made through internships. Embarking on a professional placement with a local company could well lead to a permanent role once your studies are over and you graduate. Read more
“Unpaid internships often take advantage of the young who need to develop their skills and experience to improve their chances in a competitive economy. Yet a similar transaction is found in paid-for education where schools and universities charge hefty fees to the young, who have little choice other than to dig deep and pay up in order to have any hope in the wider job market.”
Phineas Harper, deputy director of the Architecture Foundation in London.
As a matter of best practice, recruitment agencies generally screen candidates at an early stage and carry out a full right-to-work check before recommending a candidate to an employer.
However, it is important to bear in mind that, regardless of the industry and the role, the legal obligation to prevent the employment of illegal workers falls on the employer. Therefore, it is prudent for employers to make sure that someone has the right to work before they are hired and a crucial question is whether the recruitment agency or the end-user company is the employer.
UK immigration system
Generally speaking, the UK immigration system excludes everyone, unless a person is:
- not subject to immigration control, which includes:
- British citizens
- Individuals with right of abode
- EU nationals and their families, who can rely on EU regulations (for the time being)
- granted permission to enter or remain in the UK
As a result, if a person wants to work in the UK, they must fall under one of the above listed categories – see below for some more detail regarding each category. Read more
In 2016, it seems that every company’s moto is ‘Do it quickly and do it right’. When everything in the business world is changing, you cannot expect the interview process to remain the same. Employers, especially in smaller companies, are far too busy to interview all applicants face to face.
Think about it: setting up twenty interviews with twenty different people would take even the quickest interviewer probably half their week. Plus, interviewing people who live far away is expensive and time-consuming for all involved. You don’t want to be limited to locals as this could mean you miss out on great candidates. So it is no surprise that Skype interviewing is becoming more and more popular. Cost-efficient & time-saving; Skype is a great solution!
A placement undergraduate can bring your company youthful perspective and someone eager to learn.
But the process of finding, training and overseeing a student can seem overwhelming. A few simple steps can ensure that you make the most of your time and your interns, possibly creating a future employee.
Even in the fast-paced land of start-ups, many companies still don’t fully utilise their youngest employees: interns.
Instead of taking advantage of their passion and motivation, they saddle them with busy work in place of meaningful assignments. It’s clear most companies still don’t know how to incorporate workers whose tenure is temporary.
Companies both big and small need to take a different approach to their internship programs. Not only are interns potential full-time employees, they can also be a source of limitless enthusiasm, hard work and can offer a valuable outside perspective. For your business, employees and interns to get the full value from your relationship, you should establish a program that clearly defines interns’ role in your company. The internship program should also include policies, expectations and accountability for both the intern and the team they join.
Here are a few pointers to get your started:
Think all students are lazy? Think again, these high flying interns really made the most of their placements!
So here are some inventions and discoveries made by students on work experience… Read more
A medical student on work experience has made a breakthrough in cystic fibrosis research that will improve treatment and could extend sufferers’ life expectancy.
Jo Armstead, 21, spent hundreds of hours at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester over the summer using data from 30 countries to examine the link between the debilitating lung condition and the aspergillus fungus.
She found that of more than 75,000 people with the genetic disorder studied, half had been infected with aspergillus.
What started out as a summer project has led to the research being published in a leading journal, the Public Library of Science, and recognition from experts. Read more
People who take part-time jobs during their teenage years are boosting their ability to succeed later in life, a new study has found.
Researchers at the UBC Sauder School of Business in Canada noted that many parents believe their children can do better than “flipping burgers” at a fast food outlet during the summer or evenings in term-time.
However, a study found even taking on menial tasks does have value, as it boosts their soft skills and gives young people an early insight into how to cope in the working environment.
Employers and young people are increasingly seeing value in work experience, according to a report by the UK Commission For Employment And Skills (UKCES).
The report found 45% of employers see experience as significant in selection, with 29% stating that it is crucial. Lack of experience is the most common reason employers reject candidates.
Top TV producer Nigel Hall has revealed the format for the hit primetime show, which sees audience members vie to win the contents of ad breaks, was actually thought up by a ”work experience kid” after he, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly had arduously tried to think up a hit show for the duo to front.
After previously working in finance, Princess Beatrice has taken up an exciting new post in the world of TV and Entertainment. Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter has reportedly started an internship at the London offices of Sony Pictures Television, which is a branch of Sony Entertainment.
SMEs are finding it hard to get suitable work experience candidates, according to Barclays research.
SMEs want to hire entry level candidates who have completed work experience but they struggle to find suitable candidates.
The finding comes from Barclays research, with 77% of SMEs saying that entry level candidates who have completed work experience are a good source of talent.
Unfortunately, despite recognising the value of such recruits, one in five small businesses say the biggest barrier to offering work experience is that they are unable to find suitable candidates. Read more
Great! We wholeheartedly support this.
Placement students deserve to be offered a decent allowance to provide for their essential needs whilst on placement (and maybe the odd luxury too!).
‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is targeting 200 employers who recently advertised internships to check they are paying people properly. The agency, which is responsible for enforcing the national minimum wage, will carry out “targeted checks”. The move comes as the government outlines new guidance to young interns to ensure they are properly paid.’ Read more
The Pay and Work Rights Helpline provides information and advice on a number of government enforced employment rights that are there to protect both employers and workers.
(We have highlighted sections of particular relevance to Placement UK clients)
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What is work experience?
- The term ‘work experience’ generally refers to a specified period of time that an individual spends with a business – during which they have an opportunity to learn directly about working life and the working environment.
- An individual’s entitlement to the national minimum wage (NMW) will depend on whether the work experience offered makes the individual a worker for NMW purposes.
- If a caller would like to read guidance about work experience and internships themselves they can find this on the gov.uk website here https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-work-experience-and-internships Read more
Interns are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practices.
Interns will also benefit from a concise guide on what to expect from a high-quality internship, and what interns’ rights are with regard to pay.
We unreservedly welcome and support this. Read more
There is often some confusion about whether placement students & interns are eligible for NMW. Let’s clear this up once and for all.