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Ton of benefit in student scheme - Swansea Paid Internship Network Project (SPIN)

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

By Chris Peregrine / chris.peregrine@swwmedia.co.uk / @Perers71

100 Swansea students are set to benefit from this year's Spin initiative.

100 Swansea students are set to benefit from this year's Spin initiative.

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A ground-breaking scheme to place students in the workplace over the summer is gaining momentum. CHRIS PEREGRINE talked to three companies who are happy to be playing their part

IT made a difference. And quite a big one at that!

The 2013 inaugural Spin — Swansea Paid Internship Network project — has been given a big thumbs up.

And now scheme backers want to make it even bigger and better for this year.

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Last year employers had been challenged to take on 50 second-year Swansea University students to give them paid experience of working in the big world out there.

The target was achieved, giving students six to eight weeks' work outside of their everyday comfort zone. They benefited. So too, did the firms who took them on, valuing the contribution they made.

This year the stakes are higher in an initiative again being backed by the Evening Post. The challenge this time is to place 100 students.

"Swansea University is focused on developing students who are ready for the workplace," said Pro-Vice-Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott. "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."

Eighteen companies have already signed up. Professor Lappin-Scott said she hoped even more businesses got 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.

If you would like to find out more about the SPIN scheme and potentially employ a student this summer, visit www.swansea. ac.uk/spin-for-business telephone 01792 513128 or email brightsparks@swansea.ac.uk

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