International Student Talent Pool

Date:Dec 2018
Topic(s): Student employability
Type(s): UKCISA Grants, Pilot project, Funded in 2017-18

The University of Portsmouth's International Student Talent Pool developed paid internships for international students with businesses, primarily in the local area.

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Student experiences – watch the videos:

It is difficult for international students to find work experience during their study. The Talent Pool project was set up to help international students find work opportunities with local businesses, and also to meet a skills gap from local employers, particularly when they are trying to do business internationally.

Tourism South East, a Talent Pool employer
Fran Downton, Travel Trade manager at Tourism South East, describes the positive experience and spot knowledge that international students bring to their organisation and how Portsmouth Talent Pool service helps with all the necessary guidance procedures for employing students. Weixing Wang, marketing intern at Tourism South East talks about the real workplace experience gained, including planning the WeChat account and posting articles online.

Training Vision
Two Masters students describe their roles and experiences as interns in researching for potential partners and clients for Training Vision, a company that offers international students language workshops and work placements.

International College Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth international students Seifeldin and Sandra are Student Ambassadors at the International College Portsmouth, a pathway college to the University of Portsmouth. They assist the Marketing and Admissions team by giving personal support to new students, by giving advice about life and study at university from their own experiences.