Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tier 5 internship – Vira International

The Tier 5 Intern is a licensed “Government Authorised Exchange” scheme that provides Certificates of Sponsorship for non-EEA nationals, offering work experience from UK employers. It allows UK employers to recruit the brightest & best talent from overseas, aiming to share knowledge, experience and best practice in UK industry.

Vira International has been recruiting interns for the firms according to their requirements. We have recruited candidates for IT, business, engineering, administration field & group of hotels. We work directly with employers and support them to become the sponsors of the non-EEA interns whom they need to recruit for the internship programme in their company. We understand the importance of looking beyond skills & experience, that’s why we strongly favour internships. Interns coming from different countries bring different work ethics which can be a refreshing experience.

Interns are highly enthusiastic, bringing fresh & innovative ideas on the table proving their capabilities for a long term performance. Internship is the best way to gain practical knowledge and valuable lessons like cultural & social understanding of work place while studying. Internship gives a very valuable exposure to students by allowing them to be a part of the industry & understand the professional way of working.

Key Benefits of Tier 5 Internship for Companies
  • Free of cost service for employers.
  • Talented graduates augment work place with their fresh perception & energy.
  • Pay national minimum wage or more.
  • Guaranteed available resource for 12 month.
  • Employers need not sponsor migrant - Arranged via an overarching body authorised by UKVI (Vira International makes these arrangements.)

Other benefits of having Interns?

Share the load – Interns can help the permanent employees with their work load. This way they can also learn the tasks which will be helpful for them. Interns are committed for a full 12 months (6 Months for Hospitality industry) and can be instrumental in tasks that need stability and continuity. Interns are keen to work on different and varied projects and this enthusiasm can prove to be an efficient support.

Pool of knowledge – Interns coming in from across the globe bring with them skills & knowledge that are different. Their insights prove to be refreshing and while they are in their learning process, they teach us many great things concerned with work ethics and ideas of life, benefiting the company by bringing in new perspective.

Enhance Leadership – Interns will need mentors who can supervise & guide them. The designated supervisor within your organisation can get a chance to develop new skills and learn something in return from the interns. Every intern coming in from different background will apparently be a different challenge. And supervising them will let the supervisors learn and understand the different work ethics and polish their supervisory skills as well. Hosting an international intern will benefit both the intern as well as the host company.

Shape the skills - A company can always put the skills of the intern at their disposal. They can always route their enthusiasm and knowledge in a way that can prove beneficial to the company. It’s like teaching interns to focus all their energy & talent to contribute in their professional and company’s growth. International Internship is a great way to gain experience, develop skills, strengthen resumes, and learn more about the career they wish to pursue.

Participating in this program will have many great advantages:

The Tier 5 of the point Based System, allows students to gain professional training for a maximum period of 12 months. We work with Students as well as fresh graduates and assist them in creating a suitable CV for internship opportunities with companies in their specialized field.

Interns will be able to:

  • Expand their knowledge & abilities.
  • Get trained in most advanced & hospitable countries.
  • Learn new cultures & experiences of life in a different country.
  • Return home country with a broad in-depth knowledge in your professional area.

Being selected for an internship is the most effective way to break into the chosen professional field with the top firms. It’s a great opportunity for all the non-EEA’s to come across with their talents and prove to be resourceful employee for the companies.

Vira International works in partnership with the companies who wish to employ the potential candidates for the opening positions in their companies. The internship is for 12 month commitment from both the end, hence, it’s of utmost importance that the right candidates are matched with right opportunities and also, both, the employer & the intern get a good chance to work together. We currently provide a huge demand of young, bright and enthusiastic, Business, Sales and Marketing, Finance, IT, Customer Service, Engineers, Marketing & Construction post- graduates who are keen to gain experience from UK businesses.

Vira International is here to assist the companies in very possible way, all they need to do is offer interns NMW (at a minimum of 35 hours per week) for a supernumerary position, which is above NVQ Level 3 and we will do the rest.

Any interested companies can directly contact us to participate in this partnership program. Email: anjum@vira.co.uk or karan@vira.co.uk

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Trends: Restaurant, Consumer & Menu

If we judge what's to come by the speed of change in the past few years, the stride of technological and social transformation will only accelerate. Our life style has changed and is in fact changing drastically and a huge change can be seen in the hospitality sector as well.
Technology is now global and now we have faster food service, efficient kitchens, and real-time customer relationship management and marketing via mobile devices. Changing consumer
expectations & behaviors will drive restaurants to meet shifting needs with re-imagined styles of service, menu offerings, pricing and targeted messaging.

So, if we look at  3 major sections (Restaurant, Consumer & Menu) in the hospitality sector we should be able to analyse the change we will see.

The Restaurant
Restaurant architecture & design needs to embody both high-tech advancements & low-tech hospitality, appealing to consumers hungry for modern flourishes like cashless payments as well as old-fashioned human touch. Quick service chains should embrace the upscale décor, introducing arts & graphics in their décor, it will be all about giving a personalised touch to the look so that consumers can easily gel in with the ambience. It’s the time of HD camera’s and selfies, in short we take pictures wherever we go and if we come across a great décor we just can’t miss taking pictures.

Great food is always appreciated  & it remains the main factor that brings the guests to the table again and again but if good food can be presented brilliantly, it would simply complete the package.

Seating Style: Restaurants are upgrading seating & fixtures that are more casual yet  stylish, adding a ‘wow’ factor to their atmosphere.

Modern Kitchen: Advanced equipment and food prepared at a higher-quality means restaurants can now move from boring and dull kitchens to bright and practical ones,  after all , that’s where all creativity takes place.

Front of House: Some restaurants may put seating in full view of the kitchen, and many concepts will add more tableside exhibition cooking.

Local Touch: This tends to be a big hit, when restaurants showcase regional architecture with some touch. This brings the travellers closer to understanding the local culture.

Charging points: This is becoming increasingly popular,  be it a restaurant small or big, if they don’t have charging ports for customer’s phones, cameras, tablets or laptops it will be huge thumbs down. Travellers, visitors expect these services as they are more often than not on the run and they would like to keep their gadgets charged.

Energy Efficient: LED lights, reduced-consumption equipment, savvy heating, air conditioning systems, & recycling all score points with guests.

The Consumer
Consumers today like to travel, explore and experience. They have the ability to judge if a restaurant suits them. Eating out at restaurants or spending money on lavish food is a big trend. Although this trend is here to stay and more & more people are embracing it, . this life style completely depends on how deep their pockets are. Keeping this in mind  entrepreneurs are increasingly reinventing themselves  and opening restaurants on a smaller scale and presenting us with a restaurant business where they can offer their delicious delicacies and can create an ambience for frequent and busy or travellers. This is one good way to allow people from different incomes & sectors to be part of the experience.
Consumers will continue to  look for new & better experiences and it is the responsibility of the restaurants to not to let them slip into mundane routines by ensuring their priority is to be innovative and pleasing their customers. This is something that will keep customers loyal to the restaurant.

The Menu
Got a great menu, get an app. More & more restaurants are switching to apps where they can display the best of what they offer. Allowing consumers to get a first-hand knowledge of what the restaurant is all about.
It’s called ‘customizing the food’, as the smartphone & tablet revolution continues, people are ordering more & more online. So the ability to order and pay for their food from their handheld devices, and to sort the menu items conferring to nutritional value or price is now the most important thing to do.

The hospitality sector will always be on the rise. New recipes, new décor will always attract customers. It’s an adventure in itself. With restaurants becoming more accessible everywhere, consumers do hope to experience something new & special.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Top 10 Features for a better Understanding on Temporary Worker Visa – Tier 5 (Government Authorized)

Work and travel to the UK with your Tier 5 Visa, the ideal solution for your UK travel and working visa problems. The Tier 5 Visa route enables International Students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to carry out temporary work experience, internships or approved training in the UK after their studies, of between 6 – 12 months depending on the position.
The Tier 5 Program includes 4 categories:
  1. Work Experience Programme – Most popular discussed below
  2. Research Programme
  3. Training Programme
  4. Overseas Government Language Programme
Who may apply? - Students (Currently pursuing a Degree or a Diploma) OR Fresh graduates (Must start Internship within 12 months of graduating)
Top 10 Features
  1. This programme is aimed at students/graduates who wish to do a period of work experience or training in the UK.
  2. The time duration is usually up to 12 months for work experience but can be up to 24 months for specific research or training. The length of time will depend on the scheme applied for.
  3. The visa is organised through a Government Authorised Exchange sponsor on behalf of students (and employers) –Vira International will arrange
  4. The GAE sponsor must issue a certificate of sponsorship before the individual can apply for the visa, Vira International will be responsible for this too.
  5. The internship or training program will be paid – UK min. Wage
  6. The post must be a skilled role, supernumerary (i.e. not a vacant job), temporary, and pay at or above the level of the national minimum wage.
  7. Students/graduates can apply from within the UK to switch from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 5 GAE visa if the job is directly relevant to their degree.
  8. Students/graduates can do a Tier 5 role not directly related to their degree but they must apply from their home country.
  9. Students/graduates must also have ‘proof of support’ funds of at least £945. These savings must have been in your bank account for at least 90 days before application.
  10. The individual must leave the UK on completion of the period of work experience and cannot switch to Tier 2 within the UK. However, if a Company wants to offer the person full-time employment in the UK, they can apply for a Tier 2 visa for them once they have returned to their home country, but the more stringent version of the rules will apply.

If you want advice on deciding whether Tier 5 is the appropriate visa route for you to stay in the UK to work, please contact Vira International or email your Queries to anjum@vira.co.uk or call us directly on 020-88635811