Chamber backs Keele’s internship scheme

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Posted on 20 May 2013
The internship has enabled us to sample some graduate talent – it’s a very worthwhile scheme.

North Staffs Chamber of Commerce is leading by example by investing in four local graduates, all from Keele University’s Graduate Internship scheme, and is urging local businesses to seriously consider the talent in the region.  Through Keele’s scheme, graduates from any university can apply, and are matched by the internship team to business projects.

Tom Nadin from Stoke-on-Trent and Greg Sheen from Newcastle-under-Lyme work in the Policy Unit and are both recent Politics graduates, Tom from Sheffield University and Greg from Keele University.  Tom says “the best thing about working at the Chamber is the variety of people I get to meet – I can be meeting with the owner of small PR company one day and on the phone to the chairman of a large local manufacturer the next.  The highlight for me so far has been a trip to Brussels where I met some EU ministers, followed by dinner at European parliament!”  Following Tom’s six month internship the Chamber have been able to offer him permanent employment. 

Jane Gratton, North Staffs Chamber Deputy Chief Executive adds “Tom has brought us some new ideas, new ways of using technology, and a challenge to how we tackle problems – the internship has enabled us to sample some graduate talent – it’s a very worthwhile scheme.  I was able to hand a project brief over to the graduate with confidence that he would see the project through from start to finish and produce a high quality report at the end, which could be used by the Chamber to influence policy makers.”

Kathy Jackson and Cerys Jones both from Newcastle-under-Lyme work alongside Bethany Messham in the Events and Marketing Unit of the Chamber. Kathy is an English Literature graduate and Cerys graduated in research in Victorian Studies, both from Keele University.  Kathy says that ‘the internship has provided an excellent opportunity to apply my IT and social media skills to a business context.  I have also enjoyed copy-writing for the Chamber’s blog and composing emails, which both make use of my English related skills’.  Bethany, Marketing and Events Manager at the Chamber explains “I wanted to work with local graduates and help them get some valuable work experience – Kathy has provided valuable support for our busy marketing and events team.  I would advise businesses considering taking on an intern to find out what they are talented at so that you can make the most of their skills for your business.  The internship team at Keele made it easier than I expected.”

For more information about graduate internships please call 01782 733403 or