… 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)
Thank you for contacting the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.
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.