CENSIS has announced a new partnership with Scottish Engineering to create 40 internship opportunities for engineering students.
As part of the collaboration, the two organisations will work with e-Placement Scotland to identify work experience opportunities for students at Scottish universities and colleges, which are set to take place next summer.
The partnership marks the first time e-Placement Scotland has opened up opportunities in the engineering sector as it looks to benefit from CENSIS and Scottish Engineering’s business networks and industry expertise.
By connecting students with potential employers, e-Placement Scotland, CENSIS and Scottish Engineering hope to develop students’ employability skills.
Real-world industry experience is a critical tool in helping to develop soft skills such as communication, teamwork and project management. Additionally, work experiences also help improve technical expertise and provide students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge within an industry setting.
Commenting on the partnership, CENSIS Chief Executive Paul Winstanley said: “The employment market has changed rapidly over the last six months and real-world experience like this can help students to navigate the challenges of recruitment.
“Internships play an important, intermediate role in helping students find employment, especially in technical areas, and can be a fantastic tool for employers to source the best new talent.”
Winstanley added: “We hope that, by speaking to companies in Scotland’s manufacturing and engineering sectors about this programme, employers will consider placements as part of a longer-term talent strategy, ultimately making it easier for students to access such valuable opportunities.”
CENSIS and Scottish Engineering said they are keen to hear from any businesses that could support a student placement during summer 2021.
Paul Sheerin, CEO of Scottish Engineering, said: “It’s long been a reality that work experience is the differentiating factor for graduates to ensure employment on graduating; yet, availability of placements is not always transparent to all who seek them.
“These opportunities are a fantastic way for an employer to gain early access to untapped talent, and for students to develop the skills employers want, creating more desirable candidates for future employment. We look forward to sharing this with both members and our wider engineering community to allow these connections for the future to be made.”
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e-Placement Scotland has allocated more than 3,000 placements to date. The organisation was created in 2010 by industry body ScotlandIS and Edinburgh Napier University.
Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of ScotlandIS, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of all we do. Partnering with CENSIS and Scottish Engineering is a natural part of our evolution.
“Digital underpins everything within our economy and I am proud that e-Placement Scotland has matured to a point where it is able to benefit the wider Scottish economy, through partnerships with the engineering sector.”