But it isn’t just the interns that need the experience; businesses are increasing strapped to find the right talent & skills needed. While Ireland remains on the cusp of full employment, this multiple industry skills shortfall isn’t set to disappear any time soon.
Summer is upon us, schools and universities have finished up, and so too are its students & alumni. Why not fill those skills, give young talent an opportunity to develop their experience, and attract your future employees by offering robust and valuable internships? Check out why internships are important for your business, and the pitfalls to avoid.
Why An Intern?
- Performance Upkeep
While it may only be temporary, if a business is without several team members, productivity can slip and lead to customers or clients becoming unhappy.
Having a trained intern or two already available can help to level off some of this loss, and ensure your business keeps up its performance throughout the Summer period.
- Talent Gaps
Businesses across the island are finding it increasingly hard to attract talent, with competition driving up wage bills as a result.
Implementing internships can grab great talent early and give your business the opportunity to ‘sell’ and prove itself with these candidates. This will only make it easier to retain this talent permanently in the future.
- Fresh Perspective
Whether it’s their views on the management model, to the training that they have received, this retrospect will only help improve your business and operations.
Pitfalls To Avoid
While internships are great for your business, it is important to tread carefully.
- No Pay, No Way!
Put simply, people are fed up working for free. In our low-level unemployment environment, young candidates will go elsewhere in their hunt for new skills and fair pay. Offering a reasonably paid internship will reap the best talent and the maximum benefits for your business.
- Poor Preparation
While it might be great to get some tedious databases cleaned up, an intern won’t see it that way. Instead, they will view your business as disorganised and a negative place to work, leading to a poor word-of-mouth reputation when that intern returns to University during the next term.
Poor preparation for an internship will leave you without your skills gaps filled, while the Intern will fail to learn anything new or valuable, resulting in a waste of both time and opportunity.
Time for Skills, Time for Interns
The talent crunch is on. It’s time that you use your HR department to address this, seek out the skills that you need and implement robust, valuable internships that will reap these skills and introduce new talent to your business.
Ensuring internships offer fair pay, a great experience and a valuable opportunity for professional skills development will attract the best candidates that could form part of your future workforce.