Liam Reidy and Amar Toor are taking a break from their studies at the University of Nottingham to join Focus Consultants as part of the Nottingham Internship Scheme. The students are undertaking a two-week placement amongst Focus’ experts in the art of strategy, funding, project development and delivery.
Focus is offering the undergraduate spring internships for the first time, giving local students the chance to gain hands-on experience of working in pairs on a short-term market research project. The interns follow a long line of young people who have enjoyed work experience at Focus, who once again show a willingness to help the next generation progress.
Liam Reidy joins the Economic Development team as a final-year Industrial Economics undergraduate, pursuing work experience during the university’s Easter vacation period.
Also based at Focus’ Nottingham office is Amar Toor, who has joined the team during his first year at the University of Nottingham. Amar is undertaking an undergraduate degree in Economics; both interns applied for the positions to pursue their business and economics interests.
Amar said: “The two weeks I have spent at Focus Consultants has been very insightful, learning about the different departments and how they collaborate to support development projects. I found contributing to a business plan for a regeneration project and the chance to experience consultation on a project in Leicester stimulating. Overall, I am grateful to the Funding and Economic Development team for the support I have been given, and the University of Nottingham Careers Service for organising this internship scheme.”
Researcher, George Jones, who was hired by Focus Consultants from UoN after successfully completing an internship with Focus in 2017, said: “It’s great to see Focus continue to work with the University of Nottingham. The Internship Scheme provides a unique opportunity for students to gain an insight into the company and the sector as a whole. The placement demonstrates Focus’ commitment to enhancing the skills of local young people.”
The internships are intended to advertise the profession to the two undergraduates and demonstrate the career progression available at an SME like Focus.
Chris Colegate from the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Nottingham said: “It is fantastic to work with Focus who offer really enriching experiences to our students. They support them in exploring a potential future career path whilst allowing the students to apply their academic knowledge in a real-life commercial setting. The University of Nottingham would like to thank Focus for working with us on the Nottingham Internship Scheme and we look forward to building the partnership further in the future.”