Internship scheme gives graduates Time2Grow
Two graduates who signed up for a University-backed internship programme became ‘class acts’ when they were matched with a local online learning company, leading to full-time jobs for both.
Emmanuel Ofori-Attah – who is currently studying for his PhD in computing – and Amber Miller – who is a Graphic Communications graduate – went on to career success after joining the Time2Grow Graduate Internship programme.
Time2Grow matches local businesses with skilled UON graduates to work on a project to help an organisation tackle their most challenging problems. The University employs the graduates and funds 60% of the cost of their employment with the organisation.
Emmanuel and Amber were selected by Spokes Education, who had a busy period on their immediate horizon. They needed a quick, low-risk way to bring new talent into their company, whilst also giving graduates quality work experience in the process.
First up was Emmanuel who worked on a range of e-learning projects as well as helping out with internal jobs such as developing a video and photo library. He also completed a full project, creating an online course for a national charity.
Of his time at Spokes, Emmanuel said: “I was very happy and felt blessed to have the internship. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed working with the team; it was a great experience and really changed my perspective about office jobs. I thought they would be busy, strict environments with little interaction. But I was proven wrong. I learnt new skills every day, such as leadership and how to better communicate.
“I know without a shadow of a doubt those skills have helped me integrate very well with the company I am currently working (Web Seller Pro) where I am employed as a Junior Web Developer.
“In a world where experience is just as important as a degree, Time2Grow gave me the opportunity to grasp that experience in an actual working environment. The plus side was that I also got paid! The program is great and other students should definitely look at getting the edge on other post-university job seekers, too.”
Emmanuel’s internship was so successful Spokes decided to recruit another intern, which is how Amber joined the team. She went on to become Spokes’ first dedicated graphic designer, bringing with her a number of skills that were missing from the team.
She worked on projects such as designing brochures, posters, infographics and animation characters. Amber is now a full-time member of staff at Spokes and said: “I have autism and had struggled to get any form of employment after graduating as sometimes people see the condition before the person, so I was really happy to get the internship with Spokes. It’s a great programme, I just wish I had known about it sooner!”
Phil Spokes, Director of Spokes Education, added: “We were so impressed with Emmanuel’s work that we were completely decided about working with another University graduate; both Emmanuel and Amber proved to be such valuable members of the team. Being part of Time2Grow has helped us to grow as a company; so much so that in the last 12 months, we have gone from a full-time staff of three to 11.”