In the beginning – Hazelwood Integrated College go one step ahead!
On Tuesday 26 September Business Founders, Board of Governors, Teaching Staff, selected students were joined by their parents/guardians to celebrate the inauguration of the Internship Programme, the first of its kind, in Northern Ireland.
The successful students had every right to be smiling as they completed a two stage selection process to gain an Internship position. Stage one was completing an application form and submitting their CV followed by stage two which offered them first-hand experience of attending an employer interview along with preparing a presentation slide.
The programme takes place over six months and allows the students to work closely with industry staff on specific industry projects, whilst gaining a broad view of the business and developing skills for the future beyond the curriculum.
Mrs Kathleen O’Hare, the Principal, welcomed everyone and explained that the college is honoured to be working closely with five leading employers from a range of industries within Northern Ireland – Clayton Hotels, Danske Bank, Deloitte, the Now Group and O’Hare & McGovern. Mrs O’Hare’s address highlighted that there is an overwhelming desire for immersive, practical learning and a strong appetite for Hazelwood students to learn the skills that employers are seeking in potential employees. Companies are now hiring more interns than ever before in what is now a burgeoning Internship market. Through our Internship programme, the students will be well positioned to succeed in the workplace and help bridge the skills gap.
Best wishes to everyone on the Internship Programme.