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Summer employment scheme hailed a success

Now in its third year, 110 students took part in the latest Grads4Nottm scheme, a joint initiative between Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and Boots UK.

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Students at Nottingham Trent University took part in the placement scheme

Now in its third year the latest Grads4Nottm scheme, which offers work experience to students in Nottinghamshire, has proved to be a big success.

Exactly 110 students took part in this year's scheme, which is a joint initiative between Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Nottingham City Council and Boots UK.

Students take part in professional tasks during a paid work placement. This year, for the first time, it offered offer students the opportunity to gain not one, but two weeks' employment with local firms.

The aim of Grads4Nottm is to retain graduate talent in the region, helping to support the local economy. It does this by showcasing the variety of excellent employment opportunities Nottingham can offer across businesses of all sizes and by demonstrating what a great place it is to live and work after university.

Businesses are invited to submit a challenge and students are then matched with the employers based on their skills. At the end of their two-week placement the students presented their experiences and findings at a final showcase event.

Molly Butcher, a media, film and TV student at NTU, said: “It's been great experience, especially since I'm in my first year, I now know what to expect from the working world. The scheme is great to be a part of and everyone involved is encouraging and supportive.”

Around 240 students applied for positions, spread across 44 different challenges set by employers. These included the NHS, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Cavendish Residential, The Treat Kitchen, Castle Rock Brewery,The Renewal Trust, Agility Agency and Santander.

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills at Nottingham City Council, said: “The scheme is a really great opportunity for local companies to gain access to NTU's talent pool. We need to make sure that these talented young people want to stay in Nottingham and that they can help to make a great contribution to the success of this city. I hope Grads4Nottm continues to grow and local businesses see the importance of connecting with students.”

If you are a business based in Nottinghamshire and are interested in future Grads4Nottm schemes please contact the NTU Employability Team on +44 (0)115 848 2189 or by email.

Summer employment scheme hailed a success

Published on 8 July 2016
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