GTMS- Helping Businesses Secure Talented Business Graduates

The Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS) is a recruitment programme exclusive to Norwich Business School. Run in collaboration with local organisations across the East of England, it’s designed to connect employers with talented graduates.

On 2 November, representatives from around Norfolk were welcomed to NBS for a business breakfast designed to give an insight into the world of graduate recruitment. Following an introduction from Andy Wood, Associate Dean of Enterprise and CEO of Adnams, Dr Graham Manville, Director of Employability and Innovation at NBS gave an overview engagement opportunities for employers looking to recruit graduates, including GTMS.

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GTMS is designed to employers find the skilled graduates they need while saving time and recruitment/advertising costs. As part of the programme, we will recruit applicants and run a comprehensive assessment day (including psychometric tests, interviews and group exercises, facilitated by business experts from Norfolk Knowledge) before providing organisations with a shortlist of students to interview. There is no additional charge for GTMS – we run the programme solely to help match organisations’ requirements with our pool of graduate talent.

Attendees also heard from Andrew Holdsworth, Careers Advisor at UEA Careers Central, on general trends in the job market. Themes ranged from the growing expectations of graduates on starting salaries linked to tuition fee increases, and considering how the rise of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace may shape the graduate recruitment picture in the coming years.

As part of Employability Week 2017, held from 6-10 November, we welcomed back three NBS alumni who took part in GTMS last year, to share their experiences with current students.

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(L-R) Emily, Tom and Alan

Emily Bolton is now a Graduate Management Trainee at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after completing her BSc in Business Management, and commented on how much she enjoys the opportunities she has to experience all departments, and parts of hospital management. Emily stressed that although the assessment centre can be a very daunting prospect, it’s important not to panic. The students all spoke about how the atmosphere of the assessment centre helped their confidence and added a level of peer support throughout the day. At assessment centres for graduate roles in large companies, you are there with vast amounts of people you don’t know, whereas at the GTMS assessment centre, you are surrounded by other students that you have known since you began your degree.

Tom Fuller, BSc Business Finance and Management, has secured a role in Strategy and Business Development at Beattie Passive and told us more about the company and his responsibilities. Beattie Passive specialise in the delivery of Passivhaus technology which increases the insulation efficiency of homes, drastically reducing the fuel costs of these homes. Tom has been overseeing a housing development in Oxfordshire, where Beattie Passive have been chosen as the primary housing provider of a custom build site. Here Tom has had to project manage several parts of Beattie Passive’s involvement with the development, ensuring successful collaboration with a number of external partners.

Alan Sydee, BSc Accounting and Finance graduate, has joined Alan Boswell Financial Planners as a Graduate Trainee in Finance. In this role Alan provides support to financial planners both before and after client meetings along with other administrative support. Alan also spends time in training as he works towards his goal of getting a CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, and becoming a Financial Adviser. Alan Boswell support Alan by designating him time during work to study towards his further professional qualifications. Alan also spoke about the GTMS assessment centre, and advised prospective students to do some research on the different parts that make up the assessment centre. There are so many resources available online and through UEA CareerCentral these days that you should never have to go in to an assessment centre not knowing what you should expect, and employers are wanting to see.

It was great to hear from all three speakers how GTMS has supported them in securing roles that are challenging, varied and enable them to apply the academic skills gained from during their time at NBS. From our commitment to rigorous and practical teaching, it is clear to see how modules ranging from Business Ethics, Advanced Financial Accounting and Project Management prepare our students for the graduate job market

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Emily, Tom and Alan for coming in to speak to our students. It was fantastic to see how you are all getting on, and we look forward to see how your careers develop in the future.

If you think GTMS could benefit your business or have any further questions about the scheme, please email gtms@uea.ac.uk or call 01603 591002.

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