Pagoda Projects have secured a grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop their online internship programme. Pagoda have developed their tech platform in collaboration with Manchester neighbours Padoq and are able to offer top overseas internship opportunities to 50 recent UK graduates. Internships take place with companies in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the UK.
Many recent grads who were due to take part in Pagoda’s award-winning internships in China, were given the opportunity to apply for this innovative online internship to boost their job prospects in one of the most challenging graduate job markets of all time. Pagoda have opened this programme up to grads who had planned to undertake internships in China under the British Council’s Generation UK campaign but have been unable to travel due to the pandemic.
Alongside internships which begin in September 2020, participants will benefit from online events, resources, coaching and a cultural mentorship initiative. Graduates will also benefit from insights from LinkedIn Learning.
Pagoda Projects founder Jamie Bettles says that “The grant will be a real game-changer as we build a programme which benefits all of our stakeholders: Graduates, businesses, universities, communities and our growing team. The collaboration with Padoq is particularly exciting as we both continue to scale our businesses.”
Hannah Silverleaf, Outward Mobility Manager from British Council China commented “We’d like to congratulate Pagoda Projects on being awarded this grant from Innovate UK, which will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to still gain valuable experiences and support in a challenging jobs market.”