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

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?


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.

Inspiring Interns celebrate placing their 1000th intern

Press releases   •   Aug 03, 2011 12:28 BST

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.

9 ways to beat those ‘graduate blues’

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.

Use your social media presence to your advantage

Use your social media presence to your advantage

Blog posts   •   Jul 21, 2011 11:37 BST

A recent survey by 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.

The Alternative to Graduate Schemes 2011

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.

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. 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.

How to impress us with your CV

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.

Market research with a bunch of Graduates

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.

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 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.

Graduates are working in low-skill jobs

Press releases   •   May 12, 2011 14:27 BST

University leavers are increasingly taking menial jobs that do not require a degree, it was reported today. New statistics published by the Association of Accounting Technicians reveals that 40% of last year’s graduates are ‘underemployed’ in lower-skilled jobs six months after leaving university. This figure has risen from 30% in 2007.

Why National Minimum Wage does not mean a fair deal for interns

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2011 14:30 BST

Nick Clegg launched his new social mobility strategy last Tuesday to much fanfare. He attacked the Labour administration for their record in helping those from poorer backgrounds get on in life and, among other things, announced the Government would be doing more to ensure internships are open for all.

Social mobility strategy and Internships

Press releases   •   Apr 05, 2011 14:24 BST

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the launch of the Government’s social mobility strategy today. Stating that no-one should get an unfair advantage purely because of "who they know", the Liberal Democrat leader criticised Labour's record in improving social mobility as he outlined how the Coalition intends to make Britain more meritocratic.