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Intern Scheme Offers Businesses High Quality Graduates

11 February 11

An intern programme at the University of Bradford is offering employers the skills of graduates for very little cost.

Internships are sought in the West Yorkshire region for 8-12 week projects. The placements are part of the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Employability and Entrepreneurship course, which boosts the employability prospects  of recent graduates.

The course is highly competitive, accepting only high achieving graduates and providing them with further key skills sought by employers, such as work planning and time management skills.

The cost to employers is a maximum of £210 a week, and organisations in a range of sectors are sought. Graduates are happy to work on any project of benefit to the employer, such as a piece of marketing, some quality control or setting up a new ordering system. Courses studied by the graduates include internet production, biomedical sciences, chemistry, English, and  business - but all have transferrable skills.

The course was introduced last year and proved to be a great success with employers. Sarah Pemberton, Lead Consultant at the UKRC hosted an intern last year. She said: "Mehrin (the graduate) came to us through the internship scheme to work on developing an online package for women seeking work placements in the science, engineering and technology sectors. She was enthusiastic and efficient from the word go and provided great ideas to help take the project forward. It was a real pleasure to have Mehrin in our team and I wouldn't hesitate to employ an internship student in the future."

The University of Bradford’s mission is 'Making Knowledge Work'. All courses are designed to maximise the employability prospects of students, and the University has a wide range of placement schemes available.

If you would like to discuss hosting an intern please call Catherine Jandzio or Ann Berry on 01274 234990.

To find out more about how the University can help your business through placements and knowledge sharing, visit

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.