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Information for Host Companies

We’re very proud of our training/learning programmes. Our trainees gain practical experience and develop their skills, whilst the host company gains an enthusiastic student who wants to succeed in their future. The following is some useful information for host companies about our work and study traineeship programme:
 

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Partnership International has been operating successfully in the career training and education sectors for years. We make use of our wealth of experience (we are all former trainees and have lived abroad, experiencing first-hand the challenges and opportunities for students going abroad) to help create some of the most highly regarded programmes in the field. Our work begins when we receive applications for career training traineeships from educational instructions. As part of the Erasmus plus programme, students are obliged to carry out a training traineeship as part of their studies. Our professional team then match each student with a suitable host company based on needs, skills and potential. We aim to provide the most added value for both the student and the host company through the best placement of our candidates. We also provide full assistance to both the student and company throughout the program including pre-traineeship training for students plus we are on hand to provide help and advice at every stage.
 

WHAT IS A TRAINING INTERNSHIP?

Well for starters it’s not about gaining a coffee and photocopying drone for the office! A training programme is built around bridging the gap between academia and business. It’s a chance for students or recent graduates to get practical experience in their chosen sector and for the company to gain the work ethic of a motivated and skilled student in return. Traineeships usually last for a set period of time, usually from 3 weeks to 3 months. Trainees typically work reduced hours. With students coming from abroad there will also be a cultural exchange which can be extremely beneficial to both parties, as well as the added benefit of gaining an employee with one or more foreign languages!
 

HOW THEY ARE FUNDED?

The majority of our trainees are here on an EU-funded grant – called Erasmus+. In general, the student’s grant will cover their accommodation and flights. In some cases, it will cover cultural activities or provide some pocket money. It is important to note that the participants are still students and will not have a large amount of disposable income. Due to this fact we would ask all host companies to cover the student’s transport and lunch costs whilst they are on their training traineeship.
 

CAN I TAKE MORE THAN ONE TRAINEE?

The short answer is yes. If you feel that your company has the resources and time available to ensure that the trainees have enough stimulating tasks to do. We would however strongly recommend that two trainees who share the same mother tongue should work in different sections as together they may not have a chance to develop their language skills effectively.
 

HOW LONG IS THE INTERNSHIP PERIOD?

The traineeship period can vary from project to project depending on what their school allows. In general, most projects last for between three weeks and three months. We do work with longer projects (6 months plus) however so if you are looking for extended term candidates don’t hesitate to contact us. Take note that some projects will require an English refresher course at the beginning of the traineeship. This is typically a week-long intensive course however the Partnership International team member in charge of the group will inform you of this prior to acceptance of the candidate.
Host Companies Contact Us Today!

 

For further information please read our pages on ‘The Career Training Internship Process‘ and ‘About Our Interns‘.

If you’re ready to start hosting interns then please register your interest here and we’ll be in touch very soon!

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille

    (Belgium)

    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph

    (Berlin)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier

    (Spain)

    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.