How an Internship can help build your talent pipeline

Published on Business stage: Scaling, Unlocking

Local Growth Hub advisor Ruth Runacus of Kaplan  looks at the impact interns can have on your business

The Government definition of an Internship* is: “an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.”

But actually we are regularly told by employers that Internships deliver a lot more value than this. They provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses to build a pipeline of talent who can then be considered for Apprenticeship programmes or job roles in the future.

Most Internships are unpaid but you are giving a young person valuable work experience and in return you get the opportunity to trial them within your business, identifying potential areas where they could add value. You also get the chance to see if they are a good fit with your company values and culture without committing immediately to a full Apprenticeship programme.

From the intern’s point of view they get to experience what it is like to work in a professional environment for the first time. A lot of young people will have had jobs waitressing or serving customers in a shop so entering a corporate business environment can be daunting. An Internship prepares them for this so that the transition is much easier for both them and their employer.

The commitment required from you is to provide a minimum of 100 hours work placement, lasting approximately four weeks. The ultimate goal for the intern would be that they progress into an Apprenticeship role, either with your business or another Apprenticeship employer. Either way the young person has grown their CV and added some work experience, empowering them to progress their career.

To find out more about taking on an intern please contact Ruth Runacus, National Careers and Employment Manager.

*Referred to by the Government as a traineeship.

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