On Wednesday 1 March, first year students from Norwich Business School competed in a brand new employability prize sponsored by local insurance broker Alan Boswell Group. Alan Boswell Group is a leading UK independent insurance broker and one of the eastern region’s largest independent financial planners. Providing expert advice on insurance and financial services to more than 50,000 commercial and personal clients across the UK, Alan Boswell Group’s reputation is built on a foundation of award-winning customer service.
As part of the Introduction to Quantitate Methods for Business module (NBS-4004Y), the prize was aimed at students studying the numerical and statistical skills required for decision making in a business management context. In their studies at Norwich Business School, the students are given tools they can use throughout their time at university and more importantly, to show to future potential employers.
For the competition, students were asked to work in teams to analyse actual business data provided by Alan Boswell Group and present their business recommendations back to representatives from the organisation. A special event was held at UEA on Wednesday 1 March to celebrate the students’ efforts, with the winning team scooping the £250 top prize. Second and third place teams were awarded £150 and £50 respectively.
Yang Guo, of the winning team said: “Alan Boswell Group gave us some anonymised live data about their key customers and our job was to analyse it and present some recommendations. We were so happy to learn that our presentation had been picked to win first prize! We enjoyed doing this together and putting our learning into practice. It’s a bonus to us that as winners we can put something extra on our CVs.”
John Pullin, Director at Alan Boswell Group, said: “The student’s interpretation of the data was excellent and all of the teams should be proud of their presentations. It’s not easy to present in front of a panel but they really rose to the occasion. This is real data that we use to make actual business decisions so we hope it’s given the teams an insight into working in the industry”. Alistair Drew, Finance Director, also from Alan Boswell Group also attended the evening to help judge the prize.
Sally Piff, Lecturer in quantitative methods for business at Norwich Business School, said: “At a time when competition for graduate jobs is at its highest, anything the students can do to show off their skill set to employers is worthwhile.”
Norwich Business School also look forward to furthering their partnership with Alan Boswell Group this summer, when a recent graduate from the School will join their workforce as part of the Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). As a GTMS employer for 2017, Alan Boswell Group are offering a 12 month graduate role in finance through the scheme, which is available exclusively to final year undergraduate students from Norwich Business School. With The School managing the recruitment process for the scheme, applicants must complete a full application process, including a professional assessment day, with the best candidates being shortlisted for final interviews with the respective companies. Successful candidates will start their 9-12 month placements from July this year, where the local companies can reap the benefits of high calibre graduates working in their organisation, whilst also assessing their long-term management potential.