It’s been 6 months since Ajeet joined us as an Intern, and what an inspiring six months it has been.
It all started when Ajeet proactively approached us on LinkedIn to ask about opportunities to work voluntarily for Solisco. He said he found our company innovative and interesting. I was impressed by his level of understanding and appreciation of the Solisco concept – integrating key components and services to provide a holistic renewable charging solution.
As a British start-up company, we were keen to accommodate Ajeet and give him valuable work experience. We wanted to reward Ajeet for his time with us, by taking care of his food and travel expenses.
In addition, we reached out to his University Business Engagement Manager, Kathy England, to explore the opportunity to fund the internship via Santander Universities SME Internship Programme.
Empowering Young People of the Future
The internship provided a great foundation for both Solisco and Ajeet, and we are really glad that such programmes exist to support and empower the young people of the future. Our business is built on exciting future perspectives that allows us to think of ways to encourage positive change to our environment.
“Providing skills, knowledge and work experience to students who specialise in this sector is a no-brainer, and we were so pleased to be able to add financial reward through this internship.”
The internship meant that Ajeet could assist us in the most exciting phase of the business;
- Research into key topics such as new battery storage technology, vehicle-to-grid innovations, charging infrastructure challenges, electric vehicle uptake.
- Marketing tasks such as blog-writing, attending events, note-taking and creating documents.
- Engaging on high value projects across the Public, Commercial and Domestic sector – helping with planning, statistics, quoting and proposal summaries.
- Attended Silverstone for an exhibition focusing on E-Mobility – Fully Charged Show LIVE, whereby Ajeet gained hands on experience in communication skills, time management, event planning and lead management.
- Managing other interns – we have acquired new interns and Ajeet has helped with the induction and training process as well as managing and delegating tasks.
- Meeting preparation – Ajeet joined us on our first meeting with Keele University to explore our ideas and innovations for a concept we have worked on for the university campus. Ajeet worked on an in-depth report as part of his Masters course in Environment & Sustainability. He transferred his knowledge and skills to help us deliver the presentation in front of four others. We were impressed by his professionalism and charisma.
“Ajeet has been an absolute pleasure to work with; he has demonstrated initiative, professionalism, enthusiasm and determination. He is a hardworking and passionate individual and we hope to explore further opportunities with him in the future.”
Ajeet was keen to get some industry experience. As an Environmental Sustainability and Green Technologies student, he connected with Parveen on LinkedIn.
Once the Santander internship was completed, he worked on an in-depth report as part of his Masters course. He transferred his knowledge and skills to help us deliver the presentation in front of four others. He then joined us on our first meeting with Keele University to explore our ideas and innovations for a concept we have worked on for the university campus. We were particularly impressed by his professionalism and charisma.
AJEET’S TAKE ON JOINING SOLISCO
I started working for Solisco back in February with the intention to gain some industry insight into electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure. I approached Parveen through LinkedIn after her profile was recommended to me by the website. I researched her credentials and the company’s concept before deciding to make contact.
My initial intentions were to understand and identify any element in the sector that she, as a professional and a pioneer has found needs revision from a research and development perspective. I was to then base my dissertation project around said topic, partnering with the company to form an academic solution to the problem. However, after a short phone call it was clear that both mine and Parveen’s interests in the field collided.
On February 16th, following a meeting with Mark and Parveen, Solisco took me in as their environmental specialist. I worked for them for six months while I was undertaking my second semester at university, which, although was demanding; balancing my degree assignments with Solisco deadlines, often became incredibly rewarding as I learned new skills and was presented with new opportunities on almost a weekly basis.
Partaking in meetings and representing the company at events such as the ‘Fully Charged Live Show’ improved my communication skills, my ability to network and my understanding of how to conduct myself professionally. The placement also gave me valuable industry insight into electric vehicles beyond what my course could provide. I learned the differences between electric vehicles and infrastructure from an academic perspective to the challenges faced socially, technologically and economically by businesses and customers.
I am immensely grateful to Solisco for taking the risk of hiring me, despite still being a relatively new company. Mark and Parveen were excellent role models, who while leading incredibly demanding lifestyles, managed to constantly retain a positive outlook and create an enjoyable environment from which to work in. I also appreciate the work gone on from Kathy England and Sharon George at Keele University for arranging funding during my time at the company through the Santander internship programme.
The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme
Our company ethics are built on helping and supporting others who are on the same mission as us. The Santander Universities internship provides a great foundation for students and businesses, and we are really glad that such programmes exist to support and empower the young people of the future..
Since the success of Ajeet’s internship, we have received ongoing demand and interest from students as well as other universities across the country. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that young people are inspired by what we do and are going that extra mile to gain first hand experience in the work place. We are now offering work to a second student, again through the Santander programme.
Good luck to Ajeet. We look forward to seeing what he achieves in the future!