Companies such as Google, Marks & Spencer, PwC and Vodafone will participate in what Bright Network has described as the largest virtual career experience in the UK.
A survey by the organization in April suggested that nearly two-thirds of graduate students had suspended or withdrawn their applications due to the pandemic and that the number of graduate applicants confident of finding a job had dropped to around one-third.He said the program was set up as a practical response to the concerns of educational institutions, academic career services and businesses about the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.
Although the internships have been designed for students and graduates wishing to enter the labor market, they are open to anyone in the UK aged 18 and over and will take place from the end of June.
James Uffindell, founder of the Bright Network, which aims to connect young people of all backgrounds with the world’s major employers, said: “On the path to economic recovery, we need to make sure that the next generation has all the skills, the connections and support they can get to identify and make the most of opportunities.
“Internship Experience UK is a true national coalition effort to do something practical and accessible to meet this urgent need.
“As workplaces across the country have adapted to working at a distance, we hope that students and graduates will benefit from this free virtual internship experience, regardless of their background.
“This experience opens access to the best employers in the world to students from all walks of life. There is no limit to the number of people who can benefit from this unique initiative and we invite everyone to participate. ”
Those interested can visit the Bright Network website.