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Spin 2014 gives students chance of work placements this summer

By perers  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

By Chris Peregrine

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Swansea University

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A GROUND-BREAKING scheme to place students in the workplace in the summer is good to go again.

Last year’s inaugural Spin - Swansea Paid Internship Network - aimed to get employers to take on 50 second year Swansea University students with paid internships.

It was job done and now the bar is being raised for the second year of the Evening Post-backed project.

“Swansea University is focused on developing students who are ready for the workplace,” said Pro-Vice-Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott at today’s launch.

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“The placement schemes we run, such as Spin, have proved to be hugely beneficial for the companies that take part as well as for the students lucky enough to win a place. So in 2014 we want to widen the benefits and are looking to place 100 Spin students for at least six weeks’ paid employment over the summer.

“The pilot scheme last year showed that the placements work well in companies of all sizes, from start-ups and micro-enterprises to major multinationals. We had students on construction sites, in accountants, in manufacturing and service companies, as well as in media and engineering.

“They undertook an array of projects and the feedback was extremely positive, with many of them looking to take Spin students again this summer.

Professor Lappin-Scott hopes that more businesses get on board.

“The added benefit for a company is that you are helping a young person find their feet in the world of work - and maybe even identifying an employee of the future,” she said. “A couple of our Spin students from 2013 are either now employed by their Spin host company or have been encouraged to apply for a vacancy when they graduate.”

Evening Post editor Jonathan Roberts said: “The success of last year’s Spin project demonstrates how important this type of scheme is, connecting today’s learners with the business community looking for tomorrow’s workforce.

“The Evening Post is proud to work with Swansea University on a project that is delivering real benefits for our city region.”

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