Having now recruited a student or graduate, it is important to take the time to provide a robust induction. This can help to both integrate your new employee into your team and assist them in the challenges of moving from study to work.
It is recommended that you establish an induction plan which features pre-arranged meetings during the first two weeks of work for the employee to meet with key people they will be working alongside; this will help them to quickly get to know team members and their roles.
It might also be useful to arrange a ‘mentor’ for your new employee. This will be someone experienced from the team who is not the new employee’s direct line manager. The role of the mentor is to provide guidance and support the new employee’s growth and career development, offering support and encouragement as the mentee progresses.
Source: CIPD A guide for employers: Internships that work (2022)
To help you plan for a smooth induction process, we have developed a sample induction checklist, which you can adapt based on your role. If you are offering a work experience, there is an additional checklist with some work experience specific items.