Graduate Advantage helps tackle skills gap

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(left) Fahmeda Ahmed, Ali Teriq, Adeel Akram and Apui Lailung (right) - new graduate interns at Interactive Telecoms.
Birmingham telecommunications firm, Interactive Telecoms, has this week welcomed and enrolled four of its first graduate interns, as part of its partnership with internship provider Graduate Advantage.

The voice and broadband specialists plan to invest £100K in offering full time positions to graduates in the region, as part of its Graduate Recruitment drive.

Interactive Telecoms joined in a partnership with internship provider Graduate Advantage in a bid to support its regional programme and create 10 new Graduate Sales positions over the next six months.

It plans to enrol a wide range of business, communication and marketing graduates under the Graduate Advantage internship scheme, in its drive to secure and train the future talent of the telecommunications sector.

Neil Jelley, sales manager at Interactive Telecoms, said: “The telecommunications sector in the West Midlands seems to be lacking the younger generation, and talent currently. By implementing our own graduate programme, we want to train the cream of the crop and invest our time and revenue in building a long-term team of graduates working at Interactive Telecoms.

“This is not a short-term fix for us to gain extra bodies in our office, we want to nurture and help our graduate placements further develop. It is very much a long-term commitment for us as an expanding and innovative business in Birmingham.

“We are very excited to welcome our first four graduates and finally put our programme into practice in the region.”

Interactive Telecoms has spent the last six months launching its own Graduate Recruitment Training Programme after global telecommunications giant BT announced its decision to reduce its graduate intake from 200 to 130 this year.

It covers sales, marketing and business development training in relation to modern 21st century telecommunications.

Julie Stonnall, business development manager for Graduate Advantage is backing the firms training programme.

She said: “Interactive Telecoms has spent a lot of time investing in this programme and they are fully committed and passionate about creating long-term positions for our graduate interns.

“Our graduate interns spend a lot of time giving their skills to companies in a bid to gain the vital experience they need in their chosen sectors. It is always so satisfying to see graduates gain long-term opportunities.” 

Graduate Advantage arranges paid and unpaid internships. It is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003 to build and improve links between the business community and the student and graduate population in the region. The scheme is supported by a consortium of 12 universities, led by Aston University. By providing high calibre work placements for graduates, the team is supporting businesses during the economic downturn and at the same time encouraging the talent to stay within the region.   

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