From 7th-11th November, NBS held an Employability Week for all our students in collaboration in Careers Central. The week contained over 50 events, and hosted around 70 businesses to share experiences, business insights, and top employability tips with our students. A particularly successful event was our Getting in to GTMS session, where we welcomed back 3 NBS alumni working for local businesses in positions gained through the Graduate Trainee Management Scheme.
The GTMS is a scheme run by Norwich Business School, exclusively for NBS students, and works solve the needs of local businesses, by giving them direct access to our highly skilled graduates in 12 month, graduate level placements. By the time our students graduate, they will have spent at least 3 years honing their craft at a one of the country’s top business schools. NBS thrives on the wide variety of areas covered by our expert teaching from academics who have quite often come to us from senior positions in industry. With undergraduate modules exploring, accounting, marketing, finance and management to name but a few, our students graduate with a well-rounded knowledge, and a desire to put these skills to the test.
This broad spectrum can be easily seen through 3 of our current GTMS students, who are working in roles in areas of business that utilise their key strengths.
Chris Drewett, a graduate of BSc Business Management, is working as a Business Manager within the Integrated Discharge Services for Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals . (Chris recently wrote a blog about his GTMS experience so far.)
Tom Quigley is working within the Finance department as a Graduate Management Trainee also at NNUH, drawing on his BSc in Accounting & Finance.
What distinguishes GTMS, is that here at NBS, we do all the legwork of the recruitment process, which could save you up to £5000 and a great deal of valuable time. We carefully select the students that we think could really benefit your company and its business needs. As part of this, we run a mock assessment centre in conjunction with the UEA Careers Central, and enlist business experts from Norfolk Knowledge, and top academics from NBS to our interview panels. Once we have shortlisted the candidates we think are right for you, the choice of if you hire or not, it completely down to you, and you are not obliged to hire. Successful appointments are expected to be paid at current market rates, circa £20,000 pro rata.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris, Tom and Jason for coming in to speak to our students. The session was incredibly inspiring, and we hope to have you back again soon!
A few weeks after our GTMS students came back to see us, we held a Business Breakfast on 17th November for local SMEs, with the aim of providing a deeper understanding of just how GTMS could benefit their business. Our event MC was our very own Andy Wood, Associate Dean of Enterprise, and CEO of Adnams, with NBS Director of Employability, Graham Manville presenting on GTMS itself. As a current GTMS partner, Andy told the room about how Adnams saw a unique benefit of the programme, as it presents the student and the company with an ample time frame to assess management potential, perhaps leading to permanent employment.
The event finished with networking, allowing us to assess just how the GTMS offer could work with these business. We had great feedback from the session, and are hoping to have some exciting new GTMS offers for our students graduating in 2017.
If you think GTMS could benefit your business or have any further questions about the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Lynch (Alexandra.Lynch@uea.ac.uk) or call 01603 591002.