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How an Internship can help build your talent pipeline


The Government definition of an Internship* is: “an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.”

But actually we are regularly told by employers that Internships deliver a lot more value than this. Internships are a fantastic way to build a talent pool of young people that you can be sure have the experience and skills needed to succeed and thrive in your business who can then move into an Apprenticeship or job role.

Not sure where interns will fit in your business?

Most Internships are unpaid and provide a young person with valuable work experience and skills so they can find out what it is like to work in a professional environment for the first time. A lot of young people will have had jobs waitressing or serving customers in a shop so entering a corporate business environment can be daunting. An Internship prepares them for this so that the transition is much easier for both them and their employer.

In return you have the opportunity to trial young talent within your business and identify potential areas where they can add value. You also have the chance to see if they are a good fit with your company values and culture without committing immediately to a full Apprenticeship programme.

The commitment required from you is to provide a minimum of 100 hours work placement, lasting approximately four weeks. The ultimate goal for the intern is to progress into an Apprenticeship role, either with your business or with another Apprenticeship employer. Either way the young person has grown their CV and added some work experience, empowering them to progress their career.

Well-rounded business skills

Feedback from a recent survey we ran suggests that there is a need for young people to develop strong financial awareness, effective communication skills and organisational skills in order to provide return on investment, regardless of the type of business they are working for. As a result of this we are delighted to announce the launch of Kaplans' new employer led Business Skills Internship programme. This programme gives employers the opportunity to trial where young talent can add the most value by offering short work placements within different departments.

Growth and recruitment

Kaplan’s Business Skills Internship programme is designed around your growth and recruitment strategies and provides the opportunity to identify where apprentices may fit within the business, building your talent pool without committing immediately to a full Apprenticeship programme.

  • Identify where young talent could fit within your business.
  • Tailored to fit your business with short placements in accounts, HR, reception/front of house, admin, customer service, sales, marketing or management plus more.
  • Provide valuable work experience across different roles and environments.
  • Commit to just 100 hours (4 week) placement across a range of departments.
  • Support from Kaplan to identify where Interns could fit within business.
  • All interns receive training from Kaplan's expert tutors.

To find out more about the new programme, please contact Ruth Runacus, National Careers and Employment Manager, at

*Referred to by the Government as a Traineeship.