11th April 2011, 4:39pm
Tap into Lincoln's talent this summer
University of Lincoln students Businesses can tap into the talent available at the University of Lincoln with the launch of a new summer placement scheme for 2011.

The programme, called ‘Industry Insight’, will see current undergraduate students paired up with Lincolnshire employers during their summer break.

The aim is to help local businesses of all sizes, public sector bodies and charities benefit from additional expertise, up-to-date technological skills and fresh ideas with minimal cost.

Students will benefit from challenging, hands-on work experience related to their degree which will bolster their confidence, ambition and employment prospects.

Placements can range from four to 12 weeks in duration and could involve work in any discipline in which Lincoln students specialise, from business analysis and market research through to web development and computer programming. The role could be to plug a skills gap or to embark on a bespoke project which otherwise would not happen because of lack of time or resources.

Mark Stow, Employment Opportunities Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “The Industry Insight scheme is about linking employers with undergraduate students for future long term collaboration.  Employers are able to experience first hand the talent pool available at the University and tap into that resource.  For the students, by gaining meaningful work experience in their chosen degree subject, this will be an excellent addition to their CV, enhancing their career prospects and appeal to graduate recruiters on completion of their degree.”

Employers taking part in the Industry Insight scheme will be asked to contribute £200 per week to cover a placement student’s training allowance, plus a one-off management fee of £150 for University administrative support. A limited number of bursaries of £50 a week are available to help with employer contributions.

For more information, please contact Mark Stow or Michelle Davis at the University of Lincoln on industryinsight@lincoln.ac.uk or (01522) 837832.
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