Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being given the opportunity to offer part-funded three-month internships to Middlesex students, following a new agreement between Middlesex University and Santander.
As part of the scheme, Santander will provide 50 per cent of the funding for ten internship positions, with SMEs who take on the interns contributing the other 50 per cent.
Each intern will be paid a total of £3,000 for their three-month placement, with the Spanish bank contributing £1,500. The participating SMEs will then contribute the remaining £1,500, meaning they can employ an intern for the equivalent of around £125 per week.
One student has already started a Santander sponsored internship, and the University's Employability Centre would like to hear from any alumni or SMEs who would be interested in employing Middlesex students or graduates as interns.
In a competitive job market internships are becoming increasingly important to students' employability after graduation.
"Employability skills are the most important factor taken into account when businesses recruit graduates. Eighty-one per cent of employers value these skills above factors such as degree subject (70 per cent) and the class of degree obtained (46 per cent)," said Elaine Elson, a Placement Advisor at Middlesex University.
Middlesex alumni who graduated within the last two years are eligible to apply for the internships, as well as existing students in the final year of their degree.
All internships covered by the scheme must begin by June 30 2014.
If you are interested in learning more about the Santander part-sponsored internship programme, advertising an internship or graduate vacancy please contact Emploability Adviser Leonnie Jackson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 20 8411 5151.All vacancies will be advertised with full instructions on how to apply through our jobs website and social media channels.