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Posted 07/09/2016

MAKE IT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Students at the University of Gloucestershire are being given the chance to ‘Make It’ through a new programme of business-university partnerships.

‘Make It’ allows students to get real industry experience by working on real projects within real organisations. The businesses benefit from an injection of fresh talent and enthusiasm, along with getting first look at talented Gloucestershire graduates.

Business of all shapes, sizes and sectors are getting involved in the programme, including the world-leading engineering firm Renishaw. The FTSE-250 Plc now has three University of Gloucestershire students on its books; in the form of internships, placements and employees. Kevin Gani, Director of Sales and Development, comments;

‘’If I could sum up the Make It experience in 3 words, I’d say; ‘opportunistic, educational and beneficial’. I’d absolutely recommend others to get involved, it’s a great way to develop a pipeline of future talent for your business.’’

Laura Ghazireh, International Business Management student, has been offered a 12-month placement at the engineering giant and also recommends the programme;

“University isn't about doing the bare minimum of studying, it's about gaining relevant experience, maximising opportunities and meeting people who might see your potential and offer you an invaluable experience. If it wasn't for the trip to Renishaw, I wouldn't have landed my dream placement job.’’

At the other end of the spectrum is the family-owned, independent Cotteswold Dairy. Roseanne McEwan, Brand Development Manager, shares her thoughts on how Make It has benefitted their business:

“It’s key to building young talent and connections with the workforce of the future. Being a student and learning is so different from being involved in an actual company.  Some students do a course and think they want to do one thing but actually after a work placement, their views may change.”

And students also get the chance to shadow consultants and entrepreneurs, to see what life is like on the frontline of building a business.

Make It has been a great success in the first 6 months for the businesses and for the students. We are getting more and more demand for future projects and are looking for Gloucestershire business leaders that see value in tapping into the vast student talent available in the county.

For more information and to get involved, contact makeit@thegrowthhub.biz or 01242 715400.  Please click the following link to see a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18qs-ir21A

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