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Grads4Nottm scheme goes remote in its 6th year

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students will spend two weeks working remotely with local businesses gaining valuable work experience whilst solving business challenges.

Grads4Nottm 2019 attendees
Graduates who took part in Grads4Nottm in 2019

Over 70 NTU students taking part in Grads4Nottm programme will partner with companies including Boots, MYUNiDAYS and the Nottingham Playhouse to develop solutions to real-life challenges faced by local companies.

The initiative, which is running 8th – 19th June, aims to boost the numbers of graduates who choose to stay in the county by raising awareness of the range of businesses and types of jobs available in the area.

This year the Grads4Nottm programme will be an entirely online. Students will spend 2 weeks working remotely with their assigned business to support them with their challenge. On the final day of the initiative, students will take part in virtual presentations and a live webinar to present their completed challenges.

The programme gives local employers the opportunity to showcase their organisations to students and connects them with the pool of graduate talent at NTU. All challenges are advertised anonymously, taking away any brand bias and putting all employers on an even playing field.

Amy Underwood, Business Services Consultant at NTU, said, “Grads4Nottm is in its 6th year and we are proud to be delivering the first ever Virtual Grads4Nottm.

We have worked hard with our employers to deliver Grads4Nottm virtually and change to a truly digital way of working. Grads4Nottm is a fantastic initiative to showcase the opportunities and businesses in Nottingham to NTU’s students and graduates.  Students will get to experience working in a virtual environment whilst tackling a real-life business challenge for our employers.

The employers and students have been fantastic at adapting to a new way of working at such short notice, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished projects at the showcase event.”

Commenting on their involvement in Grade4Nottm in 2019 Hayley Dennett, Recruitment Manager, Early Careers and Education at Boots said “Overall, it was a fantastic experience. I would definitely recommend Grads4Nottm for any business looking at a new challenge.”

Matt Boam, Managing Director, Print 4 Ltd added, “Every Nottingham company of all sizes should seriously consider taking part. One of the most rewarding schemes we have been involved in.”

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    Event details

    Dates: 8th-19st June 2020

    Employer Kick Off Event: Monday 1st June

    Launch Event: Monday 8th June – Online Meeting to outline contact plan, students to meet their company and to start their challenge.

    Celebration: Event: Friday 19th June – Virtual presentations and live webinar whereby students will present their completed challenges.

    Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience. The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook. The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019.

    A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Published on 8 June 2020
  • Category: Press office; Nottingham Business School