Speed Networking event promotes internship opportunities to local students

Over 30 students from Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire College attended the Junior Internship Programme Speed Interview session held at Worcester Bosch.

The Speed Interviewing event took place on 5 December with over 100 interviews thought to have taken place during the course of the evening. Each student got to pick up to 4 employers they would like to speak to, from the available 15 employers.

The evening provided the chance for employers to interview candidates, while students gained valuable experience of interview processes and procedure.

The Junior Internship Programme is a 2-year programme which aims to provide sixth form students from Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire college with the valuable opportunity to be matched with an employer from whom they will receive monthly mentoring and 2-weeks of work experience for each year of the programme.

The programme has already had some success in its inaugural year with 2 interns securing full time jobs with British luxury sports car manufacturer, Morgan Motor Company, after impressing staff during the programme.

In light of this success, the Junior Internship Programme has expanded the cohort size from 14 in the pilot year to 26 places available in the second year.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “ It is great to see local businesses supporting the Junior Internship programme. With workforce skills being a key concern for businesses, utilising new initiatives like the Junior Internship programme is a crucial part of helping address the skills deficit.”

Katherine Moule, HR Business Partner for Worcester Bosch, added: “The Junior Internship Programme provides a number of benefits to us at Worcester Bosch. We get the opportunity to meet new, exciting talent and use fresh ideas to make our business fit for the future. We pair up a suitable mentor with the Junior Intern to provide advice and guidance, as well as offering vital work experience that gives the Junior Intern the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and see how a real Company operates.”

Leading on from the event, students will now be matched with the employer they suit best with commencement of their placements in January 2020.

Employers taking part of the Junior Internship Programme included: Worcester Bosch, Neoperl, Morgan Motor Company, Malvern Panalytical, Southco Manufacturing, Ubi-tech, Specsavers, Payara, OGL Computer, Open GI, Artwork Creative, Jacobs, borwell, Airducts products and Worcestershire County Council.

For more information on the Junior Internship Programme, visit the webpage here.


Pictured: Local sixth form students being interviewed with local employers as part of the Junior Internship Programme.