Yell’s first Undergraduate programme results in three permanent hires

Yell launched Genesis, our very first undergraduate trainee programme, in 2016. That year, four successful candidates joined our engineering department for a one-year placement during their university sandwich year. Throughout their year with Yell, our undergraduates were trained and encouraged by their team, gaining vital hands-on experience from a team of technology experts.

All of the students worked on real life projects: developing code, attending daily Scrum meetings and becoming a incredibly valuable members of the engineering team.

During their final year of study, their department head offered the trainees a part-time contract to continue their learning in our team, one day a week. Now after graduating, we are proud to announce three of the four students have been offered full time opportunities in the technology department and will be permanently joining Yell from September. We cannot wait to have them on board and to continue their careers with us.

Mirette Bastaurous, undergraduate mobile app developer

Mirette Bastaurous is our current undergraduate mobile app developer. She joined Yell in 2017 and has found her time in the app team very worthwhile: “Working at Yell has been a very rewarding experience,” Mirette told us. “I am a valued and effective member of the team. Everyone gets the same level of responsibility, whether you are an undergraduate or a senior developer.” Find out more about the Yell app Mirette has been working on.

Due to the incredible success of our first Genesis programme and the impact our first class of undergraduates have made on the business, Yell opened up the same programme for 2017 across wider areas of the business including Java development, DevOps, front end development, QA and testing, mobile app development, business information and R&D.

We currently have ten undergraduates, including Mirette, across our website engineering, technology and finance teams. All of the students are very enthusiastic and are enjoying getting stuck into our Genesis undergraduate programme. We have seen some exceptional skills develop already and are sure they will be just as successful as our previous year’s undergraduates.

An interview with a Yell undergraduate trainee

Yell Undergraduate trainee programme 2016
The 2016 undergraduate trainee programme

Adam Richards (pictured third from left, above) joined Yell in 2016-2017 as a undergraduate quality assurance tester for his placement year. He is one of our successful new graduate hires and will join Yell permanently in September 2018. We spoke to Adam about his experience on his placement year and to get his thoughts on joining Yell on a permanent basis.

What did you enjoy most about your placement year with us?

The best thing about my placement year was the opportunity to participate in a real-life software development environment putting my courses theory into practice.

The ability to learn more about the areas of tech I was interested in, guided by patient and extremely helpful colleagues was a great experience.

How did you feel when we offered you a permanent position with us?

Obviously, I’m very pleased to be joining Yell.

What advice would you give Undergrads who want to apply for a placement year with Yell?

Ask questions! People always seem to be more than happy to offer an answer or help you figure something out.

Join Yell as an undergraduate trainee

If you are interested in becoming an undergraduate trainee at Yell then visit our Careers site to apply for our latest undergraduate trainee vacancies.