Students crunch the numbers for Alan Boswell Group Employability Prize

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Norwich-based Alan Boswell Group have continued their sponsorship of a careers initiative for students studying at Norwich Business School.

The firm’s employability prize challenged students to analyse real business data and present their recommendations back to directors from the Group – giving them a real insight into business decision-making.

The students, all in their first year and studying a maths and statistics module at Norwich Business School (NBS), competed in teams for a top prize of £250. However, the real prize was the opportunity to present their ideas to a potential employer.

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An award ceremony took place at UEA on Wednesday 7 March to recognise the students’ efforts.

Alan Boswell Group, who provide insurance broking and financial planning services, are sponsoring the employability prize for a second year to give students the numerical and statistical skills required for decision making in a business management context. The prize follows on from the company’s involvement in the School’s employability week, which takes place each November, and its graduate trainee management scheme, which offers employment opportunities for students upon graduation.

Cameron Bray, of the winning team said: “We were really happy to be picked as the winning team. Having the chance to apply what we’ve studied to a real business really brought it to life. It was also good to meet a graduate employer and hear more about what we can do to help get a job when we graduate.”

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The winning group (L-R Martin Harvey, Thomas Prior, Cameron Bray and George Khoo) with delegates from Alan Boswell Group – John Pullin, Director of Financial Services (far left) and Alastair Drew, Finance Director (far right)

The teams finishing as Runners-Up (Left) and 2nd Runners-Up (Right)

John Pullin, Director of Financial Services at Alan Boswell Group, said: “Working with Norwich Business School enables us to provide feedback on the skills we are looking for as an employer. It also means we can talent spot the top graduates of the future – after last year’s prize we offered one student a placement and another the chance to take on a graduate apprenticeship position immediately after completing their degree.”

Sally Piff, lecturer in quantitative methods for business at Norwich Business School, said: “The students did a fantastic job of working with the data and presenting their recommendations in a well-considered and professional way. We hope it has given them some inspiration and motivation for their future career choices.”

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