Mayor And Combined Authority Call For Summer Interns

Tees Valley Combined Authority | Published on: 15th July 2019

The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority have launched a paid internship programme, seeking students to join the organisation during the summer holidays.

As part of the Mayor and Combined Authority’s commitment to young people, their career choices and development, three-week long internships will be available from late July/early August 2019.

Young people from Tees Valley who are completing A levels or equivalent this summer, students from the region currently studying elsewhere, or students studying any university degree within Tees Valley are all eligible.

The 37-hour, Monday to Friday roles will pay the Real Living Wage, with the deadline for applications at 5pm on July 18 and interviews taking place across the weeks commencing July 22 and July 29.

The roles could well provide a stepping-stone to a rewarding career within the organisation. The Combined Authority regularly takes on a number of apprenticeships and traineeships, allowing those who take part the opportunity to gain hands on experience.

Permanent contracts have just been awarded to Niamh Cooney, 18, and Ameer Khan, 21, who have just completed their apprenticeships in Business Administration at level 2 and 3 respectively. Niamh, from Ingleby Barwick, successfully accomplished her course whilst working within the Office Management Team and Middlesbrough born Ameer expertly progressed through the ranks within the Education and Skills Team.

Interns will take up roles within teams such as Transport, Culture and Tourism, Investment, Education, Employment and Skills and Communications and Marketing, with the experience being invaluable for a future career in any of these areas.

Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I talk a lot about how our companies should be getting stuck in and engaging with Tees Valley’s young people, showing them the wide range of career opportunities on offer, and nurturing the next generation of talent.

“Now I’m putting my money where my mouth is. We already employ some great, hard-working apprentices, two of whom have just accepted permanent full-time contracts. Niamh and Ameer have been integral parts of our organisation over the past year and have fit in perfectly and the quality of their work shone through.

“I’m delighted to prove that as an organisation we are leading by example, always paying the Real Living Wage and supporting students across the region. Because I want our local people to grow as our economy grows.

“I’d urge anyone looking for a summer job, or who has an interest in local government, to apply for these interesting and rewarding internships, it could just be that first stepping stone to a successful career here in the Tees Valley.”

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