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A unique internship scheme has helped a marketing agency position itself at the forefront of cutting-edge touchscreen technology. Gateshead-based Daykin & Storey employed James Leftley as a software developer as part of a Knowledge Exchange Internship (KEI) run by Teesside University.

James spent ten months developing new programmes and researching different ways to maximise touchscreen technology to help Daykin &Storey’s clients make the most of the emerging technology. The internship has allowed the company to experiment with new forms of programming and has resulted in testing the concept for a 21st century restaurant ordering system using tabletop touchscreens.

KEIs are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and place a talented graduate in a company for between six and 12 months to help complete a specific project or bring new skills to the business. The intern’s salary is subsidised and Teesside University also offers academic support and mentoring throughout the length of the KEI.

James Leftley, graduate intern
'This was a fairly unique opportunity for me to work with this cutting edge technology – not many people have the chance to work in this field. The internship has also helped me to develop my project management and presentation skills and seeing the whole thing come together has been fantastic. It has been a really positive experience.'


This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £300m investment.

The project will make a major contribution to the ambition of the ERDF Competitive Programme 2007-13 and by increasing the numbers and survival of business start ups in the region and increasing business productivity.


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