28 Jun 2022
Pirum and the 10,000 Black Interns programme
Pirum and the 10,000 Black Interns programme
Transforming the horizons and prospects of young black people in the UK, the 10,000 Black Interns programme offers paid work experience across a wide range of sectors each year, providing critical training and development opportunities.
Over 600 companies across the UK are offering internships under the programme in the summer of 2022: Pirum is one of them!
Here at Pirum we believe in the power of diversity and are committed to young minds that make an impact to our organization and the industry.
For the second time this year, we are welcoming an intern following this amazing project.
For two months from June to July, Patrick Kwakye-Yeboah will be part of our collaborative and inclusive Product Team and will take on responsibilities and work on live projects as UX Research.
Before him, Joshua Campbell joined the company in April as a Technical Support Intern for 2 months, within our internal IT support function. Josh supported many projects, including setting up users with new internal systems.
Phil Morgan, CEO at Pirum: “We are delighted to support this initiative and have been hugely impressed by the maturity and approach of the interns; Patrick & Joshua. I look forward to continued engagement with this programme and the many positive outcomes it brings Pirum and the young professionals involved. Well done to all concerned”.
Patrick Kwakye-Yeboah: “I have always desired the opportunity to work in the FinTech industry but didn’t know where to begin, but 10,000 Black Interns and Pirum made this a reality.
During this internship, I have learnt to relate to different stakeholders, build key relationships to get objectives achieved, being part of several projects (working both under supervision and independently), teams and initiatives including assisting Pirum to build an interactive user guide which reduces the amount of contact hours clients make with Pirum.
Moreover, the support I receive from my mentor, Avinash Parmar (Snr. Product Manager), Tony Tansley (Principal UX Designer) and other senior managers, managers and colleagues have propelled me to excellence. For me, this internship is a milestone in my career, and I look forward to further learning and development.”
Avinash Parmar, Senior Product Manager at Pirum: “It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome Patrick to the Product team here at Pirum. Patrick has hit the ground running and is already demonstrating many of the qualities needed to be successful in this role. He has integrated well with his peers, and I look forward to seeing the results of the projects he’s been involved in.
Pirum is proud to be involved in this great initiative and we wish all the interns the best of luck in their roles.”
Joshua Campbell: “My internship at Pirum was amazing, I got to see and experience why security is so important as well as having the opportunity to do some shell scripting myself. I took part in a project which was not only important for the company, but it allowed me to gain confidence, through speaking to different teams daily. The mentoring and leadership are amazing and working at Pirum is another reason I love working at a FinTech.”
Nana Campbell , Programme Coordinator: "10,000 Black Interns is generating tangible change on a huge scale. Not only are we providing an opportunity for the young people we support to expand their horizons and get a foot on the career ladder, but we are helping organisations access a range of perspectives and voices that are integral to good business. The net goal is to address the under-representation of Black talent and level the playing field. The team has turned a project founded with a humble mission to a nationwide scheme that is cutting across sectors, changing the face of UK industry and giving young Black people a seat at the table. It's amazing to see the reach and impact we are having."
Julie Quist-Therson, Programme Manager: "The 10,000 Black Interns Programme supports members of the Black student and graduate population to access amazing internships across the country. In doing this, the Programme is both broadening the prospects of thousands of young black people, and making the workplaces of the UK much more reflective of the wider world. The brilliance of the Programme is in its simplicity, a team of dedicated colleagues plus a mass of talented individuals and partner firms who understand the Programme's aims equals real change and long-lasting impact."
10,000 Black Interns
10,000 Black Interns seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years to Black students and graduates, in addition to training and development opportunities.
We have partnered up with firms from over 25 different sectors, delivering internships across a range of internal business functions. Each internship offered presents the opportunity to change a life. Each interview offered provides invaluable experience and each training session can genuinely change an individual’s trajectory.
Nana Campbell - Programme Coordinator