Investing in Next Gen | Al McLintock

As the IPLO (best job descr of all time) Al spends her time matching students and businesses for industry placements – and drinking coffee…

Name: Al McLintock

Job role: Industry Placement Liaison Officer

Social handles: LinkedIn: Al McLintock  Twitter: ExeCollBIT (Business & IT Department) / Exeter College

What motivates you to do what you do?

I believe that young people are growing up in a challenging and unknown world and need support to flourish – just like we all did when we were young.

How do you start your mornings?

I usually have a really tasty breakfast as it is my favourite meal of the day, drink tea and coffee and then go outside.

What does a ‘typical’ day at work look like?

Typically I work with students, employers and tutors on a daily basis, supporting and engaging them with  IT/Digital/ Business Industry Placements in the hope that students and employers will have a positive and mutually beneficial experience.

Who do you lunch with?

Me, myself and I

When are you most productive?

First thing in the morning or late in the evening.

What one thing do you try to do every day?


What was your talk about?

To raise awareness of Industry Placements and T – Levels at Exeter College and to talk about the role of employers, challenges faced and to learn what the college could do to support local tech businesses to offer students long term work placements.

What is the best resource for people who want to dive in deeper?

Industry Placements and T-Levels are all very new with information being available through the Department of Education and the AOC but I am a good person to talk to if you want more information, particularly over a coffee.

What is the one app/website/blog/newsletter that you wish was your idea?

Audible – I always loved listening to story books as a child and it’s great that I have been able to continue to do this as an “adult” ????

What is the biggest challenge in the [field/topic/industry] at the moment?

Finding good quality Industry Placements for IT/ Digital students – both engaging with businesses and with students and bring them together.

We can’t wait to hear about the opportunities #DigitalExeter can support the next generations. Thanks for chatting, Al!