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Universities spearhead business internship initiative

Universities spearhead business internship initiative

Three-month graduate internships on offer for local SMEs

Leicester’s two universities have spearheaded an internship scheme that will provide up to 34 graduate internships for local SMEs.

Businesses contribute &pound1,500 for taking on a graduate intern for three months with the universities contributing matching funds.

Each intern will be paid &pound3,000 for 12 weeks’ work, with the grant offsetting the costs to the employer.

The funded internship scheme is funded by emda in partnership with Leicester City Council and will provide grants to businesses offering internships  to graduates from both De Montfort University (DMU) and the University of Leicester.

The initiative is being project-managed by the University of Leicester. Richard Mendez,  Work-related Learning Manager at the University of Leicester said: “At Leicester, we have a history of delivering regional graduate internships and the level of demand and the feedback from employers suggests that graduate internships are a low-cost, low-risk method by which regional businesses can remain competitive - and thus help the regional economy.

“To qualify for the scheme, businesses must be based in Leicestershire and employ fewer than 250 people.”

DMU’s employer liaison officer, Lisa Naik said: “The graduates could tackle a specific project in three months – or the internship could be seen as a probation period for a permanent job.

“For the employer, it could be a case of & lsquo;try before you employ’ – and for the graduate, the experience could help them decide on a future career path.”

Companies interested in finding out more about the scheme should email:

At University of Leicester: workrelatedlearning@le.ac.uk

At DMU: internship@dmu.ac.uk

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