BCS Entrepreneurs, a new specialist arm of The Chartered Institute for IT, is teaming up with intern recruitment site Enternships.com to launch a new online portal that will match aspiring computing interns with vacancies.

The portal, called BCS Enternships, builds on Enternships.com's existing service, started by Rajeeb Dey at Oxford University in 2009 to connect fellow students to small businesses and start-ups. The firm claims that, since launch, over 4,000 companies in more than 20 countries have used Enternships to recruit graduates.

The partnership will see the development of a dedicated place which better matches the needs of digital entrepreneurs and the skills of computing and IT professionals, according to BCS. It aims to cater to BCS's own community of entrepreneurs as well as the wider market.

Over time the portal will give specific recognition to the framework of skills delivered by digital professionals – including BCS accreditation, the company said.

“With a burgeoning tech startup scene in the UK we see an increasing demand from start-ups and SMEs to attract computer science students. However, without the brand or HR resources of larger blue-chip firms this can be a struggle,” said Dey.

“The BCS Enternships initiative will help connect students to opportunities they may not ordinarily be exposed to on campus, whilst supporting businesses to access top computing graduate talent from universities across the UK.”

BCS added that proven work experience continues to be high value by employers and this dedicated portal gives both undergraduates and graduates a way to build and showcase their skills.

“BCS Enternships aims to help both sides of the employment equation – improving employability for computing graduates and helping digital entrepreneurs to scale their businesses much faster,” said Anil Hansjee, Chair of BCS Entrepreneurs.

The service is free for interns to use but companies have to pay to advertise vacancies on the site.

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