Adopt an Intern is finalising the shortlists for its inaugural awards evening at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 30 April 2015.
The awards, ‘Intern of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution’ will all have a final shortlist of six and will be judged by Susan Edwards, Director of HR, Abellio UK; Gary Merrylees, Talent Manager, Diageo; Laura Peacock, Key Relationship Manager at Investors in People; Rhoda Grant MSP.
The awards reception, to be held at the Scottish Parliament, takes place on the 5th anniversary of Adopt an Intern, formed as a result of high levels of graduate unemployment and a lack of paid, meaningful internship opportunities throughout Scotland. Roseanna Cunningham, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, is the keynote speaker. An attendance of about 300 from a broad section of Scotland’s economic and political landscapes is expected.
Joy Lewis, Chief Executive of Adopt an Intern, said:
“I am absolutely delighted by the number of quality submissions that we have received for each of our awards. The judging, as I expected, will be exceptionally difficult. That in itself is a great barometer of the high quality of our graduate population and the many willing and thriving employers we have here in Scotland.
“We know our graduates make a positive economic impact when given the opportunity of paid internships with Scotland's employers. We want to increase the number of these opportunities so that even more young people can fulfil their potential, more businesses can grow and in turn they can contribute to a stronger, smarter economy”.
To date Adopt an Intern has placed well over 900 interns with a wide variety of organisations throughout Scotland.