• Manage the intern recruitment process, including:
o Liaising with Managers regarding Intern requirements
o Advertising the Intern Programme
o Screening potential intern CVs
o Being responsible for telephone interviewing of potential interns
o Running Assessment Centres
• Monitor the recruitment ‘in-box’ on a daily basis responding to enquiries and/or taking action as appropriate
• Manage the recruitment database keeping only suitable CV’s and cleansing annually
• Reply to speculative and specific vacancy enquiries
• Be responsible for the internal vacancy list along with advertising vacancies externally as required, including the PAG Website
• Manage the PCGB LinkedIn page – posting updates, responding to comments, posting job adverts
• Assist HR managers with preparations for recruitment activities, including assessment centres, liaising with candidates, liaising with recruitment agencies
• Assist HR manager with general HR Administration, including but not limited to:
o Offers of employment
o Employment reference checks
o Employee Communications
o Annual Health Surveillance Checks
• Manage the return of appraisal documentation from PCGB and PRG
• Collate training needs from appraisal documentation for the appropriate HR Manager
• Collate professional objectives from appraisal documentation for the appropriate HR Manager
• To raise all PRG HR purchase orders via the PRG PO System
• To assist with payroll data entry for PCGB and PRG Via SAP
• To be responsible for the Intern Payroll process
• Take responsibility for opening, date stamping and distributing department post
• Preparation of internship reports and other intern documents
• To be the contact person for all interns
• Conduct all interns inductions and exit interviews
• To update the intern manual as changes occur throughout internship
• To be active participant in the Intern Project
• To work on special projects, as and when required
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Received a lot of responsibility from the off set and always opportunity to develop
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Small teams mean that you know your colleagues very well and you are a large part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Regular 1-to-1s with my line manager and close relationships with my team members
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fluctuations- August - March is the busiest time for this role, calms down after that
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Autonomy when recruiting the next round of interns, not micromanaged
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Received training about both the job role and for interpersonal skills, psychometric testing etc
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Professional environment but everyone is friendly and facilities are great.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Regular contact before starting, well structured throughout
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Product training when you start, 2 week handover period, role specific training, interpersonal skills training, presentation training.. the list goes on!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Since it is such a small organisation, and there is no graduate scheme, the only opportunity to return is via somebody leaving/retiring or a new role opening up. Therefore, for some departments there is not much chance of future employment. However, other departments such as Finance have a lot of ex interns, and the Head of marketing used to be an intern!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene is what you make it- each intern year will be different, depending on the personalities in the year. Our year was social, and we went out in Reading quite a lot.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Rent ranges from around £400-£650 a month, dependent on quality of house and living area. Socialising is standard price, nothing too pricey!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The best club in reading is the Student Union, which you can only attend with a uni student. However, Reading is great for bars!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes- the interns made their own netball team and some played badminton. You can also volunteer at work events, and the interns plan events such as pub quiz