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Internships are a force for good but SME contribution under-recognised

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2014 17:51 GMT

“Record numbers of graduate jobs will be reserved for students who have completed placements at Britain’s leading companies,” today’s Telegraph article begins. Seemingly this is good news for graduates, but does it paint the whole picture?

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INSPIRING MANCHESTER: CITY’S GROWTH BOOSTED BY NEW ARRIVAL

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2014 15:34 GMT

Graduate recruitment specialists Inspiring Interns open in second city

Inspiring Interns has cemented its position as the number one UK internship expert with the opening of a second office in Manchester. Supplementing their London headquarters, the Manchester base will help more graduates gain crucial experience – with hundreds of new jobs expected to be created – and allow more businesses to access fantastic young talent.

Based in the heart of Manchester’s famous Northern Quarter, Inspiring’s new office boasts a purpose-built recording room for filming video CVs – examples of which can be found here – and is in a converted textile factory.

Andrew Scherer, formerly Inspiring’s head of marketing, has made the move from London to head up the new office and is patently thrilled at the opportunity.

“Since opening our doors in 2009, Inspiring Interns has helped over 3,000 graduates kick-start their careers. I’m very proud to have been art of growing a small London-based start-up into one of the most recognisable brands within graduate recruitment; I’m delighted now to have the chance to expand our geographic reach.

“It is a common misconception that London monopolises the best companies, jobs and graduates. Rubbish! Manchester is a thriving metropolis, boasting hordes of wonderful young workers and numerous illustrious businesses. Using our unrivalled expertise in matching graduates with companies I’m certain Inspiring Interns can make a major contribution to Manchester and the North-West; I also fully intend to keep the London office on its toes and show them Manchester is the place to be!”

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For further information or to speak to Andrew Scherer, call 0161 914 6727.

Notes to Editors:

Background to Inspiring Interns

·  Inspiring Interns provides an effective way for companies to hire talented graduate staff by offering graduates the opportunity to apply for meaningful work experience placements.

·  We have successfully helped hundreds of businesses hire thousands of gifted graduates through our unique, internship-based recruitment model.

·  Since 2009 we have placed over 3000 graduates into meaningful internships.

·  66% of these internships to date have become permanent jobs, predominantly due to the careful and merit based selection of candidates.

·  In the current economic climate, we offer an innovative and fair solution to the problem of youth unemployment and the difficulties faced by companies seeking to hire young talent. 


Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a company looking for some fresh talent, Inspiring Interns can help you get inspired. 

Inspiring Interns was set up in February 2009 by Ben Rosen when he saw the perfect opportunity to help the ever-increasing number of unemployed graduates find their dream jobs and provide help to SMEs looking for top quality staff.

www.inspiringinterns.com

Andrew Scherer is available for interview.

For more information please contact Andrew:

andrew@inspiringinterns.com

0161 914 6727 or call the London office on 020 7269 6720

Graduate recruitment specialists Inspiring Interns open in second city Inspiring Interns has cemented its position as the number one UK internship expert with the opening of a second office in Manchester.

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Inspiring Interns celebrate placing their 1000th intern

Press Releases   •   Aug 03, 2011 12:28 BST

With hundreds of thousands of new graduates flooding an already crowded employment market, the media is traditionally heavy with dire warnings about young jobseekers’ lack of prospects at this time of year. Fortunately, one start-up company in London is helping buck this trend. Inspiring Interns are celebrating creating 1000 graduate internships since being founded in January 2009, with over 600 of these leading to new, permanent jobs.

 

It is an impressive success story against a backdrop of rising youth unemployment and a suspicion among employers that hiring inexperienced workers in the current climate is too big a risk. With graduates trapped in the ‘need experience to get a job, need a job to get experience’ vicious circle, Inspiring Interns CEO and founder Ben Rosen believes that internships are the perfect model to get graduates into meaningful work.

 

“The employment market is currently saturated, not just with those immediately out of university but by people with over a year’s experience under their belt. Graduates are finding that they simply cannot compete in these conditions and as such remain unemployed or find menial work that does not make best use of their education.

 

“An internship gives them the chance to learn practical skills which will impress potential employers, as well as make useful industry contacts and even earn themselves a full-time job.”

 

Interestingly, Inspiring Interns have found most success in newer industries which often complement many graduates’ personal interests. Areas such as mobile technology and digital marketing offer potential for swift progression when compared to more traditional professions and also allow university leavers to draw on familiar skills, such as knowledge of social media.

 

Having reached the 1000 intern mark independently, Inspiring Interns are now calling on the Government to do more to support internships and help create jobs for graduates. Commenting on the recent launch of BIS’s Common Best Practice Code for High Quality Internships, Ben Rosen said,

 

“It is encouraging to see the Coalition engaging with internships and attempting to offer some guidance to business. However we would like to see them create some genuine measures, such as allowing companies to redirect National Insurance payments to internship programmes, in order to support what is now a proven model for combating graduate unemployment.”

 

Having reached the 1000 mark, Rosen is unequivocal in his vision for Inspiring Interns. “2000 is next! There are still tens of thousands of graduates looking for work and thousands of companies who are unaware of the benefit hungry young talent can bring to their organisation. Inspiring Interns is committed to bringing the two together, creating jobs and boosting business.”

Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a company looking for some fresh talent, Inspiring Interns can help you get inspired. 

Inspiring Interns was set up in February 2009 by Ben Rosen when he saw the perfect opportunity to help the ever-increasing number of unemployed graduates find their dream jobs and provide help to SMEs looking for top quality staff.

www.inspiringinterns.com

Andrew Scherer is available for interview.

For more information please contact Andrew:

andrew@inspiringinterns.com

02072696729

With thousands of new graduates flooding an already crowded job market, the media is traditionally heavy with dire warnings about young jobseekers’ lack of prospects at this time of year. Fortunately, one start-up company in is helping buck this trend. Inspiring Interns are celebrating creating 1000 graduate internships since being founded in 2009, with over 600 of these leading to permanent jobs.

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9 ways to beat those ‘graduate blues’

Blog posts   •   Jul 21, 2011 11:45 BST

It’s that time of year again, when thousands of graduates are donning their mortarboards and gowns to collect their certificates. This has been the day all students have been working toward for the past 3 or 4 years. So why aren’t they all happy? That sense of loss some feel between leaving university and finding out what you want to do next is normal.

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Use your social media presence to your advantage

Blog posts   •   Jul 21, 2011 11:37 BST

A recent survey by CareerBuilder.com found many employers use cyber-stalking as a screening tool, 35% of them eliminating applicants based on what they discover online. For graduate job and internship seekers it is important to recognise the value of social media in the job hunt. Social media has quickly become an essential recruitment tool so you need to learn how to brand yourself on the web.

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The Alternative to Graduate Schemes 2011

Blog posts   •   Jul 06, 2011 11:04 BST

Graduate schemes are highly desirable for many university leavers and there are plenty of benefits if you are accepted onto one. However, with record number of applications for graduate jobs and only a low percentage managing to secure a position, competition for these schemes is high. It is worth remembering that there are alternative paths for graduates that offer the same quality jobs.

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It’s not all doom and gloom for grads

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2011 12:34 BST

The headline figure from the bi-annual Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) report makes grim reading for those poised to leave university. As has been widely reported, the average number of graduates applying to each vacancy has risen to 83 – up from 31 just three years ago. On the face of it, job prospects look slim for the class of 2011. However, the view on the ground from Inspiring Interns paints a different picture.

“The AGR report gives a skewed picture of the graduate job market,” insists Andrew Scherer, Inspiring Interns’ marketing manager. “It has too great an emphasis on big business and as such does not reflect the positive developments within SME recruitment.”

Inspiring Interns, who specialise in helping small business connect with graduate talent through internships which lead to permanent jobs, have seen far less competition for positions in smaller firms. Although they may not provide a marquee name for your CV, often these roles provide far greater responsibility and better prospects for young jobseekers.

“Students are often drawn to the ‘big boys’ on the milkround, who advertise heavily with university careers services and can offer eye-catching starting salaries. For many graduates, however, starting with a smaller company is often a more rewarding move. Better work-life balance, improved job satisfaction and swift progression up the career ladder are the sorts of benefits many employees find working within small business can bring.

“Importantly, graduates will come up against less competition when applying to SMEs and are far more likely to succeed with speculative applications. It is crucial that we broaden students’ horizons when considering their careers and make them aware that graduate jobs do not start and end with the big multi-nationals.”

Scherer and Inspiring Interns are championing internships as a new and successful approach to encouraging small business to hire university leavers and getting graduates into work. Their model – a three month placement with minimum lunch and travel expenses, with a view to permanent job – has seen over 1,000 graduates complete internships in the London area in the last two years, with 65% of them going on to secure full-time work with their host company.

“Internships are a perfect stepping stone between university and starting your career,” explains Scherer, who has also written a guide to completing internships, Brilliant Intern, to be published by Pearson in September. “They give you the chance to learn more about a particular sector, judge whether a role is right for you, and gain crucial employability skills. For the employer it also gives them the chance to look at graduate talent that they might otherwise have ignored in favour of candidates with one or two years’ experience.”

The message from Inspiring Interns is for graduates to stay positive about their job hunt. “Don’t let negative media dishearten you. There are plenty of opportunities out there if you look in the right places. Focusing on smaller companies and completing an internship could be the key to unlocking your career.”

About Inspiring Interns

Inspiring Interns was set up in February 2009 by Ben Rosen when he saw the perfect opportunity to help the ever-increasing number of unemployed graduates find their dream jobs and provide help to SMEs looking for top quality staff. They have since placed over 1,000 graduates with small business, creating over 600 graduate jobs.

http://www.inspiringinterns.com 

Brilliant Intern, by Andrew Scherer, will be released on the 28 September 2011.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Intern-Mr-Andrew-Scherer/dp/0273756656/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309259431&sr=8-1

Andrew Scherer is available for interview.

For more information please contact Andrew Scherer, marketing manager:

andrew@inspiringinterns.com

020 7269 6729

07590 660 945

The headline figure from the bi-annual Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) report makes grim reading for those poised to leave university. As has been widely reported, the average number of graduates applying to each vacancy has risen to 83. On the face of it, job prospects look slim for the class of 2011. However, the view on the ground from Inspiring Interns paints a different picture.

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How to impress us with your CV

Blog posts   •   May 26, 2011 15:35 BST

The aim of this blog is to help you impress us with your CV and to secure you that much coveted graduate internship. Simple. Just some hints and tips. You might even impress other people with your CV. But we’d rather not hear about that. Generally speaking, an HR Executive at any recruitment company will spend up to ten seconds scanning your CV.

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Market research with a bunch of Graduates

Blog posts   •   May 18, 2011 16:16 BST

We conducted a rooftop group discussion with ten graduates and asked them to about their graduate experience whilst supplying them with vast amounts of burgers and sausages. We wanted to find out about their university experience, their views on careers advice services, rising tuition fees, graduate internships and job hunting.

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Students want universities to provide employability skills

Press Releases   •   May 16, 2011 15:06 BST

Universities need to do more to prepare students for life as a graduate, it was reported yesterday.

According to a survey conducted by the CBI and National Union of Students, more than half of students want their university to provide more help for them to understand employability skills.

The survey of 2,614 students showed that 57% want universities to better explain what skills they need to impress employers, including customer awareness, team working and self management. A further 66% would like to be provided with support from their university in developing these skills.

These findings follow last week’s publication of the 2011 CBI / EDI Education & Skills Survey which showed that 82% of businesses single out employability skills as the most important consideration when hiring graduates. The survey found that 70% of employers believe that students need to do more to prepare themselves for the workplace and make the most of what is available to them at university through societies, internships and volunteering.

With the forthcoming rise in tuition fees the pressure will be on institutions to show how their course can help students achieve a return on their investment by securing graduate jobs. The CBI wants all universities to embed the teaching of employability skills into course structures.

 Susan Anderson, CBI Director for Education & Skills, said “Employability skills are the most important attributes that businesses look for in new recruits but graduates are currently falling short of employers’ expectations.

“Competition for jobs is intense and graduate unemployment remains high, so students need to proactively develop relevant employability skills. But at the same time all universities need to explain these skills better and make sure they embed them in teaching.”

 Another means to improve your job opportunities post-university is to undertake a graduate internship. This will provide valuable work experience and employability skills, boosting job prospects and industry contacts to enrich your CV.

 

Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a company looking for some fresh talent, Inspiring Interns can help you get inspired. 

Inspiring Interns was set up in February 2009 by Ben Rosen when he saw the perfect opportunity to help the ever-increasing number of unemployed graduates find their dream jobs and provide help to SMEs looking for top quality staff.

www.inspiringinterns.com

Andrew Scherer is available for interview.

For more information please contact Andrew:

andrew@inspiringinterns.com

02072696720

Universities need to do more to prepare students for life as a graduate, it was reported today. According to a survey conducted by the CBI and National Union of Students, more than half of students want their university to provide more help for them to understand employability skills.

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About Inspiring Interns

Inspiring Interns specialise in providing graduate internships, actively matching talented graduates with companies in London.

Inspiring Interns actively match graduates and employers, eager to create opportunities for interns to earn permanent employment. We have placed over 850 interns at companies since we were established in January 09 with most of our vacancies based in London. We have a success rate of 65% of the interns we place being taken on permanently by the company they interned for.

A good graduate internship can provide university leavers with valuable work experience, key skills and the potential to build up a network of contacts. Our exclusive opportunities provide genuine skills that employer's value and can really boost your career.

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