24 Oct 2023
Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders: The Power of Engineering Internships
For forward-thinking businesses and ambitious students, internships have become an invaluable tool, providing the engineers of tomorrow with unique opportunities to bridge the gap between academic learning and practical experience. Time spent within a business gives interns valuable insight into the world of work, allowing them to develop their interpersonal and soft skills, establish a professional network, and gain demonstrable evidence to add to their CV.
At tpgroup, we recognise the value that internships can bring to organisations within the Science and Technology sector; fostering fresh insights and innovative approaches to the way our business operates and some of the challenges we face. Equally important is the development of a two-way relationship with academic organisations, encouraging the development of the skills required by industry employers and entering into a conversation with universities and their students that can help shape curriculums and ensure a pipeline of qualified and talented graduates.
At tpgroup, we recently had the privilege of hosting Rob White for a one-year placement: a promising engineering student from the University of Bath pursuing an Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering MEng (Hons) degree. His story serves as the perfect example of how a successful internship can be a valuable and positive experience for both parties.
Why tpgroup? Upon completing my Degree, I plan to become a Chartered Engineer, so I was eager to join an organisation that would allow me to work on projects that would develop and demonstrate theskills and experience I require to achieve my long-term career goals.
Diverse and Interesting Engineering Projects:
During my year at tpgroup, I worked on a range of projects spanning multiple areas of engineering alongside teams of experts in their fields (Link Systems Engineering – TP Group Global). These ranged from Integrated Logistics and Supportability (ILS) to Software Development and Testing and finally SharePoint development.
Working on a diverse range of projects enabled me to demonstrate adaptability and versatility as well as developing my creativity and communication skills. An essential part of this experience for me was that I felt that my contribution was valued and welcomed by the whole team, including senior management, who always had the time to listen and discuss any ideas I had.
I was also given the opportunity to undertake a range of training during my internship, which meant that over the year, I was able to progress projects in a meaningful way. I look forward to taking this valuable experience back to university with me and applying it to my studies.
Simon Brooks, Head of S&SE, said:
“Rob White’s experience at tpgroup is a perfect example of the importance of internships and demonstrates our commitment to nurturing emerging talent and investing in the workforce of the future. We encourage businesses and individuals alike to explore the opportunities that internships offer, as they not only shape the future of our workforce but also empower individuals to achieve their career aspirations.”