GTMS Graduate, Andrew Brown from Banham Zoo speaking to our final year students.
By Dr Graham Manville
Last week, Norwich Business School (NBS) launched the Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS) in the UEA Enterprise Centre. It was attended by more than 20 NBS students and the speakers included, Dr Graham Manville, Director of Employability, Andrew Holdsworth, Careers Advisor, Josefina Zenzer, a GTMS employer from the NHS and several current and former GTMS students, some of whom are now in management roles, responsible for more than 20 staff in less than three years after graduating.
The employer recruitment exercise for the GTMS began on the 10th November with the launch of our new brochure at a Business Breakfast event. We have more than a dozen places available from a range of employers across the region.
For the past three years, NBS have been offering the GTMS to final year students as they approach graduation. The GTMS roles are paid graduate positions at market rates in a variety of discipline areas including financial, marketing, HR, operational and strategic roles where the graduate is employed by a participating employer. The roles are offered on a 9-12 month initial contract with the flexibility to be retained as a full time employee. It is a win-win concept all round for all participating stakeholders.
From an Employer perspective, they have the opportunity to select the cream of our final year students who are themselves students of a top 20 University in all the domestic league tables, a top 150 World ranked university and a business school which is in the top 10 for research output. Moreover, employers save up to £5,000 on recruitment and advertising fees as a typical recruitment consultancy may charge up to 20% of the first year salary in fees.
With respect to the student experience, our forthcoming graduates have the full support of our careers service. They are provided with a “FTSE 100 style” assessment day experience with tailored feedback provided to each candidate. Candidates will be shortlisted and matched where possible to their desired roles and if successful will be offered roles in the respective organisation. Our experience shows that all participants in the assessment centre ultimately found graduate roles.
The school benefits too as we develop long term relationships with participating organisations which can lead to further collaboration such as consultancy, research access and executive education. The greatest benefit is that we continue to develop our graduate pipeline.
For more details for students and employers, please refer to the GTMS web page which also has a downloadable GTMS brochure and application form.
This is likely to be the best possible opportunity to secure a graduate position. So what are you waiting for?
The application process is still open until March 18th 2016 for both final year students and prospective employers. However, this may be extended if new GTMS employers offer additional roles.
For more details on the GTMS roles available to students or if you are an employer wishing to find out more, please contact Lucy Coupe on GTMS@UEA.ac.uk
With many thanks to Dr Graham Manville for contributing to the NBS Blog.