Keele graduates on ‘cloud nine’ after joining internship programme


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Posted on 11 August 2014

North West based FHL Cloud Solutions has taken on six graduates from Keele University as it continues to deliver on its ambitious growth plans.

The cloud solution consultancy has accepted eleven interns in all - six graduates from Keele University, four students from Staffordshire University and an intern from the National University of Ireland in Galway - all of whom will take part in a work placements lasting between three and twelve months, depending on their university qualifications or degree requirements.

The youngsters will gain experience in all aspects of the business - having the opportunity to shadow FHL Cloud Solutions consultants on assignments, sit in on sales meetings and go along to customer presentations. They will also be assigned tasks of their own to complete.

The intention is to build capacity with a bank of work-ready graduates who are fit for purpose for full-time employment with the fast growing company.

FHL Cloud Solutions uses cloud-based solutions to help businesses increase efficiency. The consultancy’s award-winning team has a strong track record of successfully delivering cloud solutions to more than 100 businesses, helping them to overcome common business challenges such as rapid growth, new acquisitions, a change in ownership or relocation.

The consultancy works with a wide range of businesses, such as organisations in the retail, e-commerce, wholesale and professional services sectors.

Andrew Peddie, managing director of FHL Cloud Solutions, said:

“Internships have worked very well for us in the past as they are a great way of developing the right calibre of people for our business.

“Keele is our local university and we were really keen to work with its students so we attended this year’s graduate fair. We’ve since discovered that the university has never placed so many students at one company, which is really encouraging to hear.”

Kingsley Burn is a team leader at FHL Cloud Solutions. He first joined the company as an intern while at Staffordshire University studying Computer Science.

Kingsley said:

“I had a fantastic time as an intern at FHL Cloud Solutions as I was exposed to all elements of the business - from the general day-to-day operations involved with running a business right through to the cloud computing consultancy provided to our clients.

“Whereas my university friends were at other companies making teas and coffees, I was made to feel a part of the team right from the very start and it was a real eye opener into the world of work!

“In fact, I had such a brilliant experience that I ended up staying an extra six months during my placement year and it was an absolute no-brainer that I wanted to return when I completed my degree.”

For more information, visit www.firsthosted.co.uk. You can follow the company on Twitter @FirstHosted and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FirstHostedLtd.

First Hosted used the services of Keele's Internship Scheme, who were able to source six relevant graduates for their roles - information on the scheme is at www.keele.ac.uk/internships. Kathy England, who worked closely with the First Hosted team said: "This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a small local company has offered six positions at once through our Internship scheme - we are delighted with the news and look forward to continuing the collaboration"

FHL Cloud Solutions Notes To Editors

FHL Cloud Solutions was set up in 2007 to provide businesses with cloud solutions that meet their needs in a practical, timely and cost effective way. The consultancy, which is headquartered in Crewe, is now Europe’s number one NetSuite Solutions provider - winning the prestigious NetSuite EMEA Solution Provider of the Year for the last four consecutive years.

FHL Cloud Solutions offers straightforward advice that delivers results. The team provides businesses with operational and software systems advice, professional services, training and support, enabling them to improve performance and growth in a way not possible with conventional techniques.

Clients include international organisations, PLCs and UK brand leaders operating across a range of sectors including e-commerce, wholesale and distribution, retail and professional services.

First Hosted used the services of Keele's Internship Scheme, who were able to source six relevant graduates for their roles - information on the scheme is at www.keele.ac.uk/internships. Kathy England, who worked closely with the First Hosted team said: "This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a small local company has offered six positions at once through our Internship scheme - we are delighted with the news and look forward to continuing the collaboration"

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