Intel is expanding its work placement scheme to increase the number of people available for the company to hire for IT posts.
The processor manufacturer will take on a record 51 students for IT placements this July. Intel has a target of hiring half its work placement students when it recruits for its recent college graduate programme.
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According to Intel's college programme manager Anne-Marie Thorpe, the work placement scheme has helped to create a pool of graduates with the IT experience the company wants, from business analysts to application developers.
Students are selected for the work placement scheme through telephone interviews followed by assessment days at Intel's UK offices. Intel also looks for evidence of IT skills that are relevant to each applicant's choice of work placement.
IT problems that can arise at Intel are given to the candidates. Senior managers assess the students' reactions to these situations.
Intel recruits students from Bournemouth, Brunel, Gloucestershire, Kent in Canterbury, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth and the University of the West of England.
The company designs each student's 13-month placement around their degree course. Tasks set by Intel will be included in each student's dissertation.
The work placements run from July to August the following year, with the students being entitled to two days' paid leave.
They receive a salary of ｣13,000 plus optional benefits, including a pension, private medical insurance, stock options and any other benefits a full-time Intel employee would have.