Interning at Mayforth Consulting was a fantastic experience from the start. Mayforth is a strategy and research consultancy with a primary focus on education. It aims to help entrepreneurial educators, whether in the charitable, not-for-profit or corporate sectors change British education for the better. Having since set up the Educational Foundation Floreat, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission it is to enable children to flourish in school by developing their character strengths and helping them achieve academically, there were so many opportunities and projects to get stuck in to from the outset. And this is one of the major benefits in working for a smaller company. With a core team of 5 and a number of freelancers and other consultants, the responsibilities and expectations afforded at Mayforth were much higher and more significant. It has been an immense learning curve but being able to contribute to an Academy Sponsor Application to the Department for Education, expression of interests and Targeted Basic Need applications to Borough Councils in Greater London and development and funding applications to educational agencies and institutions has been a fascinating and very enlightening experience. I don’t believe that as an intern elsewhere, I would have been allowed such significant involvement in projects fundamental to the success and growth of the company and foundation.
James O’Shaughnessy, Mayforth and Floreat’s Founding and Managing Director was also just an immense pleasure and privilege to work for and alongside. Having been director of policy in No.10 Downing Street between 2010 and 2011, he is one of those high flying individuals one rarely gets to meet and I made it my number one priority to listen and learn as much as possible from someone who has achieved an incredible amount in a short period of time.
In a world awash with unpaid internships, this one was structured using WEXO’s access to the STEP scheme which paid me a training allowance commensurate with National Minimum Wage, exempt of PAYE and NICs. It’s encouraging to know that there are incentives out there for companies that choose to do the right thing by the next generation of graduates.
I cannot thank Wexo enough for putting me forward for this role and thank James enough for taking a gamble on me. It has allowed me to better equip myself for the careers paths I hope to succeed in; namely either in the teaching profession or working in politics specialising in education.
Samir, Modern History (MA) Graduate of University of St Andrews (2012)