Where training and economy meet

 

All about internship programmes and cooperation with educational and training institutions for companies, businesses

 

Why should a company host a foreign intern?

  • Motivated workforce
  • New approach, methodology and knowledge appear within the organisation
  • Intercultural experience for each colleague
  • An opportunity to practice languages
  • It facilitates the development of foreign relations or even market expansion
  • It can enhance the reputation of the company
  • As part of the corporate strategy, it can contribute to achieving organisational goals and help implement development plans

 

Usually, a foreign intern comes to a company with a specific purpose. They are committed, well-informed and they expect to gain real 

experience, that is, they want to work. Experience shows that well-selected interns are independent, cooperative and they bring new perspectives into the everyday life of a company.

Students’ enthusiasm, fresh approach and attitude stemming from various cultural backgrounds can add something to the work from which even experienced professionals can benefit. And the great opportunity it provides to practice the language is only an extra benefit.

From the company’s point of view, it’s also important that interns will tell others about the institution, and later, having found employment in their own respective countries, it may provide the first point of contact to build new professional relations.

As interns with the Erasmus+ grant receive an amount of 400-600 € individual support per month from their sending higher education institutions, the host companies have the right to decide whether they can provide additional salary or financial support to the intern or not. After selecting the suitable intern, your company has minimal administrative tasks in Hungary. The host company has to sign a training agreement with the student based on a template provided by the sending higher education institution. Besides Tempus Public Foundation (which manages the Erasmus+ programme in Hungary) collected the relevant legal guidelines for the hosting institutions: http://gyakornokkereso.hu/data/files/29.pdf (in Hungarian)

 

 

 

Why should a company cooperate with educational and training institutions?

  • Attracting talented students
  • Learning about international good examples, adapting proven solutions
  • Integration of innovations and research findings, and using the benefits arising
  • Networking
  • Influencing the development of the curriculum: the knowledge and skills should be adapted to market labour requirements
  • Enhancing image
  • Social responsibility: improving the local reputation and image of the company, ensuring social acceptance

The cooperation between the players of education and economy is a prerequisite to helping well-prepared young people with knowledge and skills adapted to real needs enter the labour market. Hosting the students or the common work conducted with the Hungarian and foreign partners may also present a serious opportunity for the employees and leaders of the enterprise to develop.

Building international relations may result in applying new methods or technologies, establishing new business partnerships or even market expansion.

The cooperation also enables the representatives of companies and enterprises to formulate their exact expectations and requirements as employers about education and training. The opportunity of a dialogue and effective communication is inherent in the common professional programmes.

The cooperation allows the company to influence the development of the curriculum, to establish relationships, join the work conducted by networks, as well as to benefit from the research findings in practice.

The cooperation with educational and training institutions also enables the company to assess the future labour supply and attract the most talented students.

Such a partnership can also be an important tool of image building, and it provides an opportunity for the company to extend its social relations and enhance its reputation locally.

 

Why should a company employ former grant holders, that is, young people with international experiences?

  • Already as career starters, they are valuable work force with professional experience
  • Openness, flexibility, independence
  • Broader view, new approach
  • Enterprising spirit
  • Confident, practical language skills
  • Knowledge of new professional methods and international requirements
  • Foreign relations, local knowledge

During the time spent abroad, not only the participants' language skills improve spectacularly, but also their professional knowledge as well as communication and intercultural skills become considerably richer.

These young people are broad-sighted, open, flexible, and they can easily collaborate with others, either within their own teams or with foreign partners and customers. The fact that a student could manage in a foreign country implies that he or she is independent, with good problems-solving skills.

Young people with international experiences are enterprising, they can easily adapt and are self-confident at the same time. These characteristics will also be valuable for their future employers.

The first-hand experience about international trends and various work methods, as well as the proven procedures and professional knowledge which the young people bring along are also a great benefit for a company.

Young people studying or doing their internship in an international environment gain such relevant experience from which they can also benefit in the domestic job market. Their knowledge and skills can be detailed in the Europass documents, which indicate the applicants' qualifications, competences and experiences in a transparent, comparable form, thus making the process of selection simpler.

 

What's the easiest way to contact the best ones? Erasmus Alumni!

  • tolerance, adaptability – acceptance of other cultures and attitudes
  • openness, curiosity – towards new experiences
  • self-confidence – confidence in one’s own capabilities
  • realistic self-assessment – knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  • determination – ability to make decisions
  • problem-solving skills

Any student who studied or completed their internships abroad on an Erasmus+, CEEPUS or EGT Found grant can be a member of the Alumni network.

Students involved in international mobility gain skills and competencies during the programme period which can be especially useful in their future work.

According to an impact study conducted by the European Commission in 2014young people with foreign grant experience have a much more advantageous position in the labour market. 90% of the participants think that besides their language skills, their social skills have also improved, which is highly appreciated by 92% of the employers.

Through the Alumni network, Tempus Public Foundation can contact over 5,500 former grant holders. Your company can inform the students about internship positions and jobs, filtered according to various criteria, whether specialised language skills or other specialised areas. Contact: http://limesurvey.tpf.hu/index.php/138175/lang-hu

 

How Tempus Public Foundation facilitates partnerships between companies and educational institutions?

Due to coordinating international educational and training grant programmes, we have extensive contacts in the field of higher education and training, working in cooperation with the most innovative institutions.

When companies wish to receive interns from abroad, we transfer their offers to the national offices of 32 countries, and we also make internships offered in other countries available to young Hungarians. Try the International Student Placement Database.

We organise trade conferences and forums in order to call the attention of companies and enterprises to opportunities of cooperation.

We present good practices and innovative ideas, already implemented, to the players of the economic and educational sectors, thus allowing for new partnerships.

This website and several of our publications serve to provide detailed information about opportunities of partnership and to share inspiring good practices.