AN innovative Teesside University scheme is giving graduates valuable employment opportunities and helping them to secure that all important first job.
Knowledge Exchange Interships, a scheme run by Teesside University, offers talented graduates the opportunity to work with companies looking to solve a particular problem or implement a specific project.
Adam Hay, who studied Three Dimensional Designs at Teesside University, recently completed a 12 month KEI at Colour, a Landscape architecture and urban design company based in Newcastle and London.
He is now employed permanently at the company after impressing the team.
Adam said: ‘I’ve been using the technology to help the landscape architect. It’s meant I’ve been kept very busy with lots of new problems to solve and fix, and also learn new knowledge and skill sets.
‘It’s really helped to move me on in terms of furthering my skills.’
Over the course of his internship, Adam worked on projects such as the new Newcastle College Gateway faculty, and collaborated with Ryder Architecture on their winning bid in the Build Sydney 2013 virtual design competition for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia.
Stephen Blacklock, Technical Director at Colour, said: ‘We’re extremely pleased with the work that we’ve been doing with Teesside University.
‘Adam’s KEI has allowed the company to take on more complex projects and is also helping the company drive efficiencies and work towards ISO accreditation which will help secure more work.
‘It’s fantastic that there are these different ways in which Teesside University has been able to support our business. We’re now thinking of running another KEI project in our London office.’
You can find out more about Teesside University’s schemes on the Get Ahead website.