Meet our Interns

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    Ed Lewis

    Accounts / Design Intern
    Ed Lewis
    Accounts / Design Intern

    Ed joins Land Rover BAR as an Accounts Intern, assiting the team in processing invoices and employee expenses. Ed is currently studing for a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Lancaster University so will also be helping in the Design team. His previous experience has been working at Waitrose and managing the database data entry and system update for an estate agents in Winchester. In his spare time, Ed enjoys playing Volleyball - he is captain of his university team!

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    Emma Clayton (GBR)

    Design Intern
    GBR
    Emma Clayton
    Design Intern

    Emma joins the Design team for a 4 week internship working on projects covering CFD and structures. She is currently studying Marine Technology with small craft design at Newcastle Univeristy. Emma has previously completed 4 weeks of work experience with the team working on various design projects and at the London Boat Show. She commented "I really enjoyed the previous summers at Land Rover BAR and found the work experience very helpful and relevant to what I want to do in the future." Emma has a passion for sailing and has completed several years of race training squads in Mirrors and RS200 competing in races around the UK. 

Two years of training the next generation

Land Rover BAR began its mission to help train the next generation two years ago, when the very first work experience volunteer stepped across the threshold of the temporary office in Whiteley. Since then, 28 interns, 77 work experience students and 8 apprentices have spent time with the team, and five of them tell their stories below; Josh Bell, Charlie Quigley, Nathaniel Pankhurst, Casper Vertregt and Jack Hopkins.

In charge of the programme was Human Resources Manager Joanna Despard. 

“We went to each Land Rover BAR Head of Department (HoD) and said, ‘Right, what do you need?’. What do you want them to do? What skills do they need?’ We then forged ahead to find the right candidates. We mainly recruited locally. However, we also required very specific skills sets so they were not all local. Some came from abroad or different parts of the country. 

“We couldn't take anyone on until we moved to the base in Portsmouth, so we had our first intern in June 2015, and overall, we achieved 28 interns up to June 2017 exceeding our target of 20. All our interns were paid, and provided with free lunch and breakfast. And most importantly they were given live projects. They weren’t given the filing admin roles, they were put in at the deep end helping the team push forward. Towards the end of the two-year Cup cycle, some of the positions were extended and we kept them on for the whole year in full time employment. 

“We could be flexible enough to be able to offer that, whereas I don't think some of the bigger companies can. If we found someone that was good, we wanted to keep them because we’d invested the time and energy in them.

“In the broader context of the apprenticeship and the work experience programmes we’ve also been very successful. We had the apprentices at Southampton City College build two docking RIBs for the team , and the team had eight apprentices working and training here (including one in accounts, Ozge Gunver; in events and marketing, Sophie Hall; and in electronics, Lloyd Woodhouse.

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