Employers flock to NTU

Potential employers from across the UK came to the Property and Recruitment Fair at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) for a chance to meet students and graduates.

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The fair underway with students and employers

Potential employers from across the UK came to the Property and Recruitment Fair at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) for a chance to meet students and graduates.

The purpose was to showcase the potential employment opportunities available before, and after, graduation, as well as allowing the students to create strong industry links early on to kick-start their career.

NTU's Arkwright building was able to accommodate stands for well over 80 employers including the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Cushman & Wakefield, Laing O’Rourke and Savills (UK) Ltd. A number of representatives working on the stand were NTU Alumni who have successfully progressed through graduate schemes.

NTU BSc (Hons) Real Estate Alumni Max Clynes said, "I have recently joined Cushman and Wakefield in the graduate programme. The ten month rotations that we are given come with a lot of responsibility meaning you get great exposure to different projects that they are working on.

"It's a really good firm to work for."

The event had great importance for the employers, also. Many expressed the desire to capture students at a young age to help them learn and develop while in employment.

Phillip Carson, a representative of Graham Construction, said, "We're trying to attract people into the industry early. We need people coming in for placements so we can get them back after their final year."

Some employers even expressed their interest in the possibility of looking at first year students. Tony Pike from Lang O’Rourke explained, "We're looking for graduates and summer placement students. If we offer them a place in the summer we want to give them a continued placement until they join us as graduates.

"It's more of a lifecycle process meaning we are happy to pick them up as first years."

There were also representatives from multiple chartered agencies, all of which sponsor NTU courses, advertising the benefits for becoming a member of a professional body. Sue Williams from the CIOB said, "It's good for them to be members, it doesn't cost them anything and there are a lot of resources for them, we do a lot of continuing professional development events and challenges that they can go abroad with for their finals.

"It's worth them doing and it looks good on their CVs."

When asked about NTU students, Alison Taylor from Balfour Beatty told us: "We have NTU students in our business at the moment on our graduate scheme, so were keen to get more in. We also have had some questions about summer internships as well, which is something we do take on each year."

NTU BEng Civil Engineering Student Christopher Burt explained: "It's really well organised with lots of companies that I have applied for. It's construction management to civil engineering to quantity surveying and everyone is willing to talk."

Employers flock to NTU

Published on 12 November 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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