I was really keen to explore the emerging talent coming from our local universities and I’m a big believer in giving people the opportunity to gain real life experience and learn what it’s like working in a fast paced team

Operational Risk Manager, Anthony Chivers took part in the University of South Wales’  10 Week Internship Programme by taking on an intern. Hear what he had to say on the experience…
 

How did you learn about the internship programme?

I initially heard about the internship programme via a communication circulated by the Recruitment Team at MotoNovo Finance. I wanted to find out a bit more about the opportunity so I caught up with a member of the team who talked me through all the benefits and helped me scope out the initial job specification, so it was tailored to the right audience.
 

What was your motivation behind getting involved with the internship programme with the University of South Wales?

I was really keen to explore the emerging talent coming from our local universities and I’m a big believer in giving people the opportunity to gain real life experience and learn what it’s like working in a fast paced team. The extra resource for that 10 week period was also a key factor in making the decision to become involved in the internship. It was a real win, win situation for everyone involved!
 

How did you find the interview/recruitment process?

The recruitment process for the internship was really structured and well organised; we interviewed a variety of potential interns all with different strengths and backgrounds. The high calibre of interviewees made it difficult to narrow it down to one successful candidate, however we were keen to obtain someone with an interest in risk and we managed to choose the right person for the 10 week placement.
 

What were your thoughts on the calibre of candidates?

Each interviewee had their own unique qualities which really shone through during the process. We also had to be mindful that for many of the candidates this was the first time they had been exposed to an interview process, so there was a lot of nerves and excitement to contend with.   
 

Would you participate in this or a similar programme again?

The internship programme definitely met my expectations. This was the first time a Risk team had taken part in the scheme and it was a really positive experience from start to finish. I’d definitely be interested in getting involved in a similar programme in the future. Ideally we’d like to look into a six monthly graduate placement, or even having an intern that was shared across all of the risk departments, so they can learn about all areas of risk management during their time with us.
 

What three reasons would you give for other managers to get involved in these programmes?

It’s a great opportunity to talent scout and help mould the future workforce generation
The scheme introduces fresh ideas and a completely different mind-set to the company
It’s a way of supporting the local higher educational community and offering an opportunity within a diverse workplace
 

What advice would you give to managers who are new to placements?

I would advise planning the 10 weeks in advance of the intern commencing employment, ensuring you have clear objectives in place ready for week one. I would also advise for the intern to prepare what they would like to get out of the placement to make sure both parties get the most out of the 10 week experience.

We had a lot of fun with our successful candidate and we built up an excellent working relationship. I’m looking forward to catching up with her in May when she has to present her MotoNovo experience and journey to the University as part of her second year examinations.

I would love to see our placement back working with us in the future and I’m really proud that we had the opportunity to help her on her journey.