DMU Graduate Champions - Information for Organisations
De Montfort University Leicester is calling on employers from across the UK to get involved in a pioneering scheme which offers life-changing internships for graduates - and it won't cost the companies a penny.
Since November 2013 over 1300 DMU graduates have enjoyed internships with firms in Leicestershire and across the rest of the country under the DMU Graduate Champions scheme, giving them the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the workplace, enhance their CVs, boost their confidence and help them stand out from the crowd in a furiously competitive jobs market.
The university is always looking to recruit more employers to take on graduates as part of the scheme.
Each graduate is contracted and paid for by DMU to complete 18.5 hours work a week (or 111 hours in total), for six weeks, with the university paying the Living Wage which currently stands at £8.45 an hour. The internships are run twice a year, over a 6 week period in the summer and then again in the winter.
It gives employers the opportunity to enjoy FREE access to some of the brightest and best graduates in the UK who can provide them with graduate-level expertise and innovation.
Some organisations have been so impressed with our graduates that they have taken them on permanently.
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Organisations can create a wide range of internships across a variety of disciplines. The emphasis is on the quality of experience and the added value to both the graduate and the host organisation.
In order to set up an internship with us through this scheme there is a simple proposal form to complete. Once submitted and then approved, we endeavour to match a graduate with the relevant skills for your internship proposal.
To discuss setting up a DMU Graduate Champions internship please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you some further information about the scheme ahead of the next round.
What employers say about DMU Graduate Champions
Tom Crosse, marketing executive at Leicester City Football Club, praised the Graduate Champions scheme, saying: "This gives the graduates a great experience and it will look brilliant on their CV. We are a huge football club and hopefully working here will create great opportunities for them.
"It is great for us to have all these extra people, with graduate experience, working for us. It is busy all the time and the additional help is very welcome."
Janice Heslop, technical manager for Orean Personal Care Ltd, in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, said: "I have not come across a scheme like Graduate Champions before but I think it is a great idea. It is not only helpful for us in the lab, but also for the graduates. It is so important to put theory into practise. It gives them an insight into the real world of work, taking into account the raw materials they have to order and work with, costs, handling of chemicals and using equipment.
"Out in the world it is everyone for themselves and experience is essential. We are always going to take someone on who has experience and a degree compared to someone who has just a degree."
David Crooks, general manager at Marshall SEAT, said: "I think the admin side from DMU has been really comprehensive and DMU really looks after the students.
"We have found Jas Atwal really, really helpful. She is very willing to learn and gets stuck in. She also doesn't need much managing so I would say she is a model intern."
Glenda Terry, practise manager at Castle Park Solicitors, said: "It is the first time we have taken on an intern through DMU Graduate Champions. I think it is mutually beneficial. It is clearly advantageous to the graduates who are gaining real life experience at a legal practise.
"But Zelan is helping us with promotional work and marketing and is covering jobs that may not have been done otherwise or someone would have had to do in addition to their other work.
"It has been great for us and we certainly appreciate it very much."
Sanjay Bhogaita, of Sporting Edge, one of the UKs leading providers of training for business, sport and education, said: "We have been impressed with the calibre of students. They are really professional and really hard working. I think DMU Graduate Champions is a great scheme. The graduates are a valuable asset because they bring a level expertise from their degree that we would not have had otherwise. We want them to apply their knowledge and expertise and help us to grow. We are looking forward to working with the Graduate Champions team in the future."
Leicestershire County Cricket Club chief executive Mike Siddall is delighted with the way Graduate Champions has helped the club, and his interns.
He said: "I think this scheme is fantastic. It is an opportunity for us to offer graduates great work experience, working on key projects for the club and using their skills to come up with some answers.
"Thanks to Graduate Champions we have young brains coming here with fresh ideas that are going to be a huge benefit to us and them."
DMU is proud of its partnerships with so many key organisations and is continuously seeking to develop and enhance its links with industry.
Graduate Champions is DMU’s latest scheme that looks to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for both organisations and our graduates.
For the organisation this internship scheme offers the opportunity for additional short term support in order to focus on key graduate-level project work.
The graduates are paid by DMU meaning the only resources required from the organisation are the appropriate facilities, equipment and support from staff to induct and supervise the graduate.
The graduates themselves benefit from gaining real world, high quality experience that enhances their CV and boosts their confidence and employability.
Some organisations have been so impressed with our graduates that they have taken them on permanently after the internship has ended. Read about Compass Group's experience with the scheme .
DMU has completed a successful round of internships with many organisations including our partners at Leicester City Football Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Mike Siddall, chief executive at one of our partners Leicestershire County Cricket Club, has offered many internships to our graduates.