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The truth about Internships

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As was the case with Apprenticeships (and sometimes still can be), there are often misconceptions around Internships. We’re here to set the record straight and explain why taking on an intern would offer a valuable contribution to your business.

Many employers often consider recruiting school leavers but feel nervous about how they would fit into their business. Internships are an ideal way to access a pool of young people keen to begin a career with you.

What is an Internship?

An Internship unites motivated young people aged 16-24 with businesses who are willing to offer them the chance to unlock their potential and become ‘work ready’.

Providing work experience focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, Internships help to nurture a loyal and talented workforce in your local community.

Sometimes called Traineeships, Kaplan Internships are ideal for those who are eager to learn but may have been unsuccessful when applying for an Apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience.

They last from six weeks up to a maximum of six months and include:

  1. A meaningful, high quality, work experience placement of at least 100 hours with an employer, to provide real insight and experience into the world of work.
  2. Work preparation training delivered by Kaplan, which can include CV writing, interview preparation, interpersonal skills and local business and sector information.
  3. English and maths support from Kaplan to improve young people’s literacy and numeracy skills if required.*

Why take on an intern?

Developed around you – Internships are flexible and tailored to the needs of your business.

New skills and enthusiasm – interns bring motivation and fresh new ideas and give your existing employees the opportunity to build their mentoring and coaching skills.

Make an informed decision - trial new candidates before committing to taking them on permanently or in an Apprenticeship role.

Next generation of talent – Internships can form part of your strategy for recruiting young talent and build a pipeline of high quality new recruits. 76% of Kaplan interns have progressed into an Apprenticeship role.**

Chance to give something back – fulfil part of your commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Minimal cost to you – all training costs are met by the Government, so you just need to provide a structured environment and mentor to give regular structured feedback. We’d also encourage employers to help with expenses for travel etc.

Help is at hand – Kaplan has delivered Internships for the past four years, ensuring they are tailored to employer and candidate’s needs.

How Kaplan can help

Our dedicated Business Advisors will help find the best candidate choice for your business.

We work with our learners to ensure they are ready to commit to a placement and that they have the skills needed, giving you piece of mind that they will be a positive addition to the workforce.

Here’s what Ofsted said in December 2015, when we were awarded Grade 2 “Good” rating:

“Kaplan has continued to play an influential role in the sector, making an important contribution to the development of new Apprenticeship models in collaboration with large employers, policy makers and other partners. Developments since the last inspection include successfully introducing Traineeships and achieving good outcomes for trainees.”

To find out more about taking on an intern, email Ruth Runacus on

* 76% of all interns who have completed their 100 hour placement with Kaplan went on to positively progress

** Employer Guide to Traineeships.

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