Many of our students find that when they come to study at the University of East Anglia, they enjoy their student experience and extracurricular life so much that they wish to remain in the region. It is no surprise to us as Norwich is a hidden gem and year in year out it is voted one of the best places to live and 2020 was no exception featuring in the Sunday Times in March 2020.
This is why we teamed up with local employers to create the Graduate Job Programme (GJP) in 2013 to develop stronger links with our alumni and local businesses. The GJP is a unique service offered by Norwich Business School (NBS) to our graduating students. It is free to business saving up to £5,000 per placement and we do all the leg work in terms of our selection centre comprising of psychometric testing, team problem solving and initial interviews. This means we supply top quality graduate candidates for our businesses partners to select from.
Even in these challenging COVID 19 times, the GJP is running in 2020. We began the process of sourcing job opportunities for our graduating students back in October 2019 with our launch event aimed at the business community with Director of Employability Dr Graham Manville. To showcase the value of GJP we invited a graduate from 2016, Christopher Drewett, who joined the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2016 and has now risen up the ranks to become a middle manager in four years.
Once the graduate roles started rolling in, we ran a panel session during Employability Week in November 2019 which featured graduates from the 2018 and 2019 cohorts working in local firms and then in February 2020 we formally launched the session with pizza and networking and this was led by Darren Johnson and Jenny Bach.
As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to unfold we switched our assessment centre to an online experience and although some organisations understandably needed to defer their recruitment for this year we were delighted that a number of organisations were still able to recruit for this year. we would like to thank our participating companies for giving our students the opportunity in such unprecedented times. They include Brewin Dolphin, East Coast College, James Paget Hospital, Neilsen Brandbank, Rostrons and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
The interviews with the employers are currently underway and should conclude at the end of July and we wish our graduating student candidates the very best and we look forward to maintaining strong links with them long after they graduate.