Summer 2021

Internship programme attracts young talent

The launch of an exciting new internship programme saw nine university graduates joining the James Fisher group in March 2021.  

Over 600 UK graduates applied for the programme, which offers six months paid work experience in human resources, marketing and business development across the group companies. The lucky nine candidates were selected after a rigorous three-stage application process.  

This new scheme, which is running alongside the existing apprenticeship schemes, is designed to offer graduates valuable work experience and also to attract talent into the business. 

‘From its first mention in January to the interns starting in March, the programme has evolved very rapidly,’ says Laura Porter, HR learning and development business partner at JFS who has been spearheading this initiative from the start. ‘The initial idea was to give struggling university graduates the opportunity for a first step on the employment ladder, but it has been so successful we are offering this year’s graduates the same opportunity, inviting applicants to start with James Fisher in October 2021.’  

‘We were keen to offer employment opportunities to recent graduates struggling to get started during the pandemic, with a programme which could attract a diverse mix of new talent to different business areas within the group to meet our renewed focus on diversity and inclusion.’ 

The aim is for the graduates to gain real life skills in their chosen industry which will aid their future career development – while bringing fresh perspective and increased productivity into the group.  

The programme has been designed to ensure the interns are involved in different projects and campaigns either within their departmental teams or on a joint campaign with the other interns.  

The interns have enjoyed a live online Q&A with CEO Eoghan O’Lionaird and were also invited to London to make individual presentations to the executive team to highlight work completed and skills acquired during the initial three months of their internships.  

Not only does the programme allow recent graduates to experience a full-time working environment in their desired industry, it also enables the group to welcome some fresh new talent to instil their creative knowledge and ideas to a variety of upcoming projects and campaigns.  

‘The impact the interns are having on the business, the projects they’re involved in and the people that they’re working with is really infectious,’ she adds. ‘Although everyone is busy, when you attend a call you can really see their enthusiasm and the real sense of energy they’re injecting into the departments they’re working in.’ says Laura. 

The first nine interns have been working remotely because of Covid restrictions, but a slow return to office working is planned. At the end of the six-month internships, key candidates may be offered extensions or even permanent employment within the group.  

Eoghan O'Lionaird, chief executive officer at JFS plc, says:

Our strategy for sustainable profitable growth at James Fisher is focused on creating value for all our stakeholders. An important facet of this is to create an environment which will attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent.  

With this as the backdrop, our internship programme is proving to be a great success. We have all been so impressed by this group of phenomenal young people, in what has been such a challenging and difficult time to embark on their chosen pathways. They have shown the potential to achieve great things in their careers and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to help them on their journeys. 

 

  • Joe Johnston, 22, content writer intern at JFS  (studied creative writing at University of Chester) 
  • Charlotte Stevens, 22, content writer intern at JFS  (studied English at King’s College London) 
  • Charlotte Roulston, 22, graphic design intern at JFS  (studied graphic design at Leeds Art University) 
  • Iris Di Lorenzo, AGE business development intern at JFS  (studied international business and management at Alliance Manchester Business School) 
  • Bethany Wells, 24, HR project intern at JFS (studied psychology at Exeter University) 
  • Marta Pasikowska, 24, marketing intern at JFD (studied digital marketing at Robert Gordon University) 
  • Ryan Boyce, 22, strategy intern at JFD (studied marketing at the University of the West of Scotland) 
  • Nithiya Pragashparan, 23, business development intern at Fendercare Marine (studied business and finance at the University of Warwick) 
  • Konstantinos Frentzos, business development intern at James Fisher Everard or Tankships (studied energy, trade and finance at Cass Business School)

Joe Johnston, content writer intern at JFS plc, says: 

‘Having worked remotely these past few months, I really enjoyed visiting the London office and meeting everyone in person. It was nice to have a more direct line of communication with everybody and experience the more social aspects of the workplace. Even though I was the last to present for the day, the executive team seemed genuinely enthusiastic about what I had to say, offering valuable feedback and engaging questions’. 

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