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Bright Network launches Internship Experience UK to support the next generation in response to coronavirus

Seven Hills is delighted to support the Bright Network launch of Internship Experience UK – a national effort to boost employability and up-skill students and recent graduates this summer.

Internship Experience UK is offering three-day virtual internship experiences with leading employers to everyone in the UK aged 18 and over. The initiative is supported by over 80 partners – including university careers services across the country and organisations such as the CBI and TechUK.

Businesses providing training for the scheme include Accenture, Amazon, Bain, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Goldman Sachs, Google, JP Morgan, EY, Marks & Spencer, Proctor & Gamble, PwC, and Vodafone.

It will be the largest virtual career experience initiative in the UK, running from the end of June and throughout July.

A recent Bright Network survey of 5,000 university students revealed that 63% of students and recent graduates have had at least one application paused or withdrawn as a result of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, The Resolution Foundation warned earlier this month that, without action, an extra 600,000 under 25-year-olds will be reliant on benefits. The 800,000 people who will graduate from school or university this year have been dubbed members of the “Corona Class of 2020”  in recognition of the fact that young people will disproportionately bear the economic brunt of the virus.

Internship Experience UK is seeking to combat these negative effects. Free and open to everyone aged 18 and over in the UK, regardless of background or prior experience, the programme is designed to support those looking for future career opportunities across six core sectors.

Media coverage of the announcement included Sky News, ITV, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail This is Money, France 24 and Evening Standard.

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