Language Connect wins award for internship programme
The Top 50 Medium-sized Undergraduate Schemes 2017 – 2018, announced by Ratemyplacement, includes Language Connect, in recognition for its internship programme.
The league table ranks employers that take on 3-19 students each year and 50 companies, ranging from PLCs to SMEs, are selected based on the student-written reviews submitted on RateMyPlacement including placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights.
Language Connect has a structured internship programme in place which offers 4-month placements for candidates in the translation and interpreting sector. Our candidates are selected based on a skills assessment and assigned a placement within a specialised team, suitable to their skills as well as future aspirations. As an employer, welcoming up to twelve interns working within our team each year provides us with perspective and valuable insight into new developments and trends in language education. Furthermore, a number of our interns stay with us permanently and build their careers to management level within a short time.
An example is Hayley Warden, who joined the company as an intern and holds a BA (Hons) French and Hispanics from the University of Liverpool as well as an MA Translation and Interpreting from the University of Salford. Following a highly successful internship, Hayley remained in the company as a project executive, later being promoted to project manager within our specialist Market Research team. With a growing US business, Hayley has recently been on secondment in New York where she has selected and trained internship candidates.
I started as an intern three years ago, and I’m now responsible for large key accounts and training junior members of staff. Every day I develop and learn new skills, and with the growth of the company, there are always new opportunities for personal growth and development. I look forward to more exciting prospects in the future.
A successful internship programme is one which not only supports the development of talent and nurtures a fresh generation of ambassadors for the industry, but also offers the opportunity for businesses to ‘grow its own’ by generating loyal and well-trained entry-level staff. Internships should be interesting and meaningful to the candidate and offer the right opportunities for learning and development, long after the placement has ended. Most importantly, they should be adequately remunerated and structured to add value to all parties.
“We believe that interns can make an important contribution to the organisation even if they’re still learning the ropes. Companies can greatly benefit from interns’ fresh approach, and the programme is a continuous platform for our team leaders to develop their mentoring skills. Throughout the years we’ve enjoyed great success by investing in new graduates who went on to become star employees” comments Ben Taylor, Managing Director.