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Medical boss has special roles in mind for student interns

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 27, 2013

  • new project Guests at the launch of the Spin initiative and Andrew Davidson (right).

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THE boss of a Swansea medical manufacturing firm wants to know more about his competitors — and is hunting an enthusiastic student for the task.

Andrew Davidson, managing director of DTR Medical, has signed up to Swansea University's summer Spin (Swansea Paid Internship Network) scheme in association with the Evening Post.

The university, with the help of companies in the region, aims to provide 50 paid work placements for a six-week period between June 10 and September 20 for second year undergraduates.

Mr Davidson has a couple of jobs up his sleeve that will suit a keen student with problem-solving acumen.

"We want them to help with our promotional activity, from catalogues through to social media — plus a specific project for competitor analysis and market size," he said.

"We want them to be keen and enthusiastic, with a desire to learn and help move DTR Medical forward."

The company makes surgical instruments, and also provides clean room contract manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and medical manufacturers. It is based at Clarion Court, Swansea Enterprise Park, and employs 27 people.

"Marketing is very important," added Mr Davidson.

"We are growing, we innovate, and therefore we want to be talking to our customers."

He said the company was considering offering two internships this summer.

Spin was devised by the university's Swansea Employability Academy and launched last week.

Candidate interns will be interviewed by the university to ensure suitability. Employers will then be offered CVs from a number of pre-interviewed students.

Participating companies can select from a shortlist of candidates or let the university choose. They will be expected to pay the candidate £200 per week.

Evidence suggests that a third of firms nowadays employed people who had previously done some form of work experience at their premises.

Companies to have signed up to Spin include The South Wales Evening Post — a partner in the project — and global software business UNIT4, which employs 126 people in Swansea.

UNIT4's managing director for UK and Ireland, Anwen Robinson, told the Post last week: "For me to be successful, I need to attract talent."

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