What is an Internship Programme and how can it add value to your business? What do businesses need to know before becoming a host organisation? These questions, and more, are discussed in this month’s Network Cork podcast.
The Network Cork podcast episode is hosted by Clodagh O’Donovan, HR Consultant and owner of AdvanceHR. In this episode, Clodagh is joined by two other Cork businesswomen, Kathy O’Dwyer, owner of CTI, Career Training Internships and Judie Russel, owner of The Vidacademy and they share their experience of Internship Programmes. Kathy explains what an Internship Programme looks like and offers advice for businesses on how they can give and receive during an internship so that it is a positive and mutually beneficial experience. Judie talks to us about her experiences with interns, the lessons she learned from the first internship and what it was like having a remote intern during the pandemic.
Clodagh O’Donovan is a HR Consultant for Business and owner of AdvanceHR. As a HR Consultant, Clodagh offers support to businesses that do not need full time inhouse HR but who do need an expert they can trust who will guide them through HR problems that can be a risk to their business. Clodagh has seen how quickly issues can escalate and the cost to businesses in terms of time and money because the employer is not sure what they can and cannot do. Clodagh offers simple solutions to make it easier for employers to manage their people and HR Compliance Risk . These solutions reduce cost for business owners, in the form of minimising unnecessary claims, helping them make the right hiring decisions and retaining their people to avoid replacement costs. Above all, Clodagh offers reassurance to employers that they have options that will resolve HR problems while protecting their business and supporting their employees.
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Kathy O’Dwyer has been working in the education and training industry for over 20 years. In 2010, she founded a small business, Career Training Internships, which arranges career-focused language training and high-quality work placements in Ireland for international candidates.
She is on the Network Ireland Mentoring Approved List available for all Ireland members and takes every opportunity to mentor, especially young women. Additionally, she has hosted and mentored several young entrepreneur women through a European programme. She is also an active supporter of local organisations such as the Hope Foundation, Rotary, and Good Day, Cork.
Career Training Internships has grown rapidly over the past decade and has formed connections with many families and businesses in Cork. The company works creatively to match the goals of interns with the needs of businesses in Cork to create value.
Judie Russell is a video coach and founder of The Vidacademy. She simplifies the video production process by showing people organisations how to plan, film and edit professional video content. Judie makes video simple using phones, affordable equipment and beginner-friendly apps and software. She has 15 years of professional experience in presenting, camera work, editing, producing and directing videos including films and television shows. She is also a qualified project manager and works as a video consultant and communications strategist for international brands.