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Kingston alumni and their businesses benefit from funding and new ideas by employing graduate interns

Posted Wednesday 19 August 2015

Kingston alumni and their businesses benefit from funding and new ideas by employing graduate interns

Kingston alumnus and entrepreneur Anand Ramdeo is milking the benefits of great ideas provided by Kingston graduates, and receiving funding to employ them through the Santander Universities Internship Scheme.

The Santander Universities Internship Scheme provides financial support to small and medium-sized businesses with less than 250 employees (SMEs) to employ Kingston University graduates on short-term, project-based internships. In the past year alone, more than 30 SMEs have recruited graduate interns through the scheme, many of whom have stayed with the company after the internship. By employing graduate interns businesses can tap into new ideas, benefit from up-to-date skills, share knowledge and ideas, and to top it all, receive funding to help with the costs.

Anand Ramdeo (Informatics with Management Studies MSc, 2008) has hired four Kingston University graduates through the scheme, to help with his Tech start-up, Planned Departure

"The interns from Kingston University were smart, intelligent and were willing to learn and improve. We could spot and provide the right opportunities for them and they didn't disappoint us. For a small tech start-up like ours, hiring interns makes a huge difference. We have extended their contracts and are looking forward to hiring our next batch."

If you would like to breathe some new ideas into your business this could be just the thing for you. Kingston University's careers and employability service, KU Talent are looking for SMEs to host a graduate for three months, provide graduate-level work and commit to fund a minimum of £1,500 plus PAYE costs. You will receive £1,500 donation (VAT exempt) towards the intern's wages for the three-month period, giving each intern a monthly salary of £1,000 a month. In return, the KU Talent team at Kingston University will consult with you to identify your skills requirements for the intern, co-ordinate the recruitment process, advertise the role and filter applications to find you the most suitable candidates from our diverse graduate pool. There is no charge for this service.

If you would like to know more about how your small business can receive help and discuss your requirements further, please call Helen Green on 020 8417 7445 or email

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