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An internship is a period of work experience offered by an employer to give students and graduates exposure to the working environment, often within a specific industry, which relates to their field of study. Internships can be as short as a week or as long as 12 months.

Internships can be done in a range of sectors, including health, sales, marketing, engineering, graphic design, management, I.T. and many, many more. Throughout an internship you will develop a variety of soft skills, including communication skills, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, creative problem solving and influencing skills. ‘On-the-job’ experience can be as valuable as anything learned in your studies. After all, you cannot really understand what a job is all about until you have worked in that environment.

Internships are great opportunities to speak directly to people who have experience in the role you aspire to; and their knowledge of the job and working environment will give you a greater understanding of what it’s all about and what you need to do to progress. Your career aspirations may change when you’re faced with the true realities of a role.

We are working in partnership with Career Ready, during the Summer of 2017 we supported 50 internships in NHS/Healthcare settings. Pupils are recruited onto the programme and have to apply to undertake “real” work experience for a 4 week periodFor more information on how your school can become part of this programme visit the Career Ready website.

Local contact- Sharon Simister


If you would like to be a Career Ready Mentor, follow this link https://careerready.org.uk/resource/mentor-handbook-england-wales-and-northern-ireland to find out more information.

Report for 2016 is available in the related documents at the bottom of this page

Contacts at Career Ready

Julie Smith - Regional Manager - julie.smith@careerready.org.uk 

Ian Nichol - National STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) Development Manager - ian.nichol@careerready.org.uk 

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