The LinkedUp Training C.I.C office team is made up of local students, volunteers or work experience staff, from any discipline, joining the organisation half or one day a week to learn skills, usually up to a maximum of one year. This can be self-referred, through a placement or internship with a certain number of hours going towards their qualification. Some people use the organisation to do a consultancy or cut their teeth learning what it is like to come to an office everyday. In most cases, the work experience is a huge success and each person takes away with them a great reference and waltzes straight into a job!
The Social Enterprise would struggle to function without its highly valued team of marketers, sales, business administrators and social media gurus. Thank you everyone!
Clare Lay founded LinkedUp Training C.I.C. She has a degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Portsmouth. She is proud to say she specialises in business skills and social enterprise, sits on the Business and Enterprise Panel of Shaping Portsmouth and loves nothing more than inspiring people to be all they want to be!
Lee Scott is the Managing Director of Addo-Accounting based in Old Portsmouth. He is AAT, CIMA trained, BA Hons degree in Business Administration followed up with an MBA. He is ICB qualified and accredited and lectures in Accounting, Finance and Business at the University of Portsmouth, giving talks at the Innovation Space in his spare time…
All trainers and lecturers work in their own businesses or lecture and teach at establishments outside of Portsmouth. So far, there are 8 members of training staff, all highly qualified making up the LinkedUp Training crew!
Case Study of Work Experience success! Ben Alfrey 2015
“My name is Ben Alfrey and I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a First Class Honours in Marketing before going on to co-found a company called Gradlancer.co.uk, the UK’s first Student Freelancing Platform. I was fortunate enough to get onto a placement scheme at Robert Bosch during my 3rd year at University, working within digital marketing in the Power Tools department.
I returned for my final year and was keen to exercise the new found skills that I’d learnt in a corporate environment into something more local. LinkedUp gave me the responsibility of building multiple marketing strategies and promotional materials for the different events they were hosting for a number of different charities as a freelancer.
The faith Clare showed me was fantastic, I relished the fact that I was entrusted with pushing the word out about our events and that my thoughts and considerations were held in such high regard. It firstly gave me the confidence that I could work as a, largely, one-man team within marketing and also gave me a pile of case studies in which I utilized in my final year exams as well.
I can’t express enough how key LinkedUp was in my final year and I’m so glad that I keep in touch with Clare on a relatively regular basis. Without her support, there isn’t a chance I’d have been as prepared as I was to take the leap into running a venture of my own with two others straight after graduation.”