New scheme aims to match graduates from Lincoln with local small businesses

Under a new scheme that is being launched at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University later this month, small businesses in the area will be matched with graduate interns.

The university has revealed they have funding from Europe in order to support the 50 wage earning graduate internships who will be placed within small and medium-sized businesses who are based within the boundaries of the city.

Interns can have graduated in any subject from any college or university in the UK but they must be Lincoln residents and have completed their degrees within 2 years of starting their internships.

Mark Bowen is Bishop Grosseteste University’s Enterprise Development Manager and he  has said that an internship is where higher education meets up with the working world, and they bring benefits to both students and employers.

“For employers who are looking for the cream of the crop among university-educated entry-level employees, an internship programme is the best way to build a pipeline of talented, young professionals.

“Meanwhile graduates gain an insider’s view to a possible career path and incredible networking opportunities. Above all, internships could lead to a full-time position with that company.

“Internships really are a win-win and BGU are delighted that we have secured money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to create these 50 new graduate internships.”

BG Futures, the university’s enterprise centre, will provide support to both the graduates and the participating businesses, which will receive a £1,500 subsidy towards the cost of the intern’s salary.

“This is an exclusive opportunity to gain a high-calibre team member who can bring a fresh approach and innovative ideas and solutions,” Mark added.

“Many interns have successfully secured permanent jobs directly or indirectly as a result of their being part of such a programme and many small businesses have grown as a result.”

Internships must last for a minimum of six weeks. Interns will be paid at least the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age and the project will run until June 2015.

One Lincoln organisation which has already entered the scheme is the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce .

Chris Brown, Business Development Manager at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are in the very early stages of this scheme, but we see it as great benefit and opportunity to both the employer and student.

“This type of scheme allows graduates to gain real work life experience after completing their studies; it also allows the employer to bring in extra resource when and where required, and the support provided by BishopGrossetesteUniversity makes it a very simple process.”

If you are a business looking for an intern or a recent Lincoln-based graduate, find out more by emailing mark.bowen@bishopg.ac.uk