The “Summer Experience” initiative, a project developed by the University of Bradford, runs each year in order to offer students real-life work experience, and this year saw employers and students come together for the first ‘Summer Experience’ awards ceremony, with 10 winners being selected based on their commitment to the project and to developing new skills.
As well as the presentation of awards, there were also keynote presentations from Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of Bradford Chamber and Shirley Congdon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning at Teaching at the University of Bradford as well as from employer and student participants of the 2013 “Summer Experience”.
All speakers spoke of the value of real work experience and about how much students has developed over the course of the projects and made a real impact to the organisations they worked for.
Speaking about their experience as an employer involved with this scheme, Patricia Ashworth, head of talent at AdviserPlus, said:
“The University introduced us to Beth Shaw, and she came across as a truly outstanding candidate.
“A Business and Management BA (Hons) student looking to specialise in HR and in her second year at University, Beth joined us in June and was given a specific project, to review our service offerings of both transactional and employee relations to establish any synergies and efficiencies.
“Working on this project enabled Beth to gain experience within a number of our teams and her contribution to the team was so significant that she became invaluable to us and was invited to stay on beyond her 6 weeks and work with us through the summer.”
“To have been chosen as the winner by the University was a fitting end to Beth’s placement with us.
“We were delighted to be nominated by Beth in the category of ‘Outstanding Placement Provider – Public & Private Sector’, and as an organisation we found true value in supporting this fantastic University initiative.”
Speaking about her work experience with AdviserPlus, Beth Shaw said:
“Through the on-going support that AdviserPlus provided, and by allowing me to experience various roles, I gained an insight into HR and Employment Law, which will be invaluable in any future career.
“Being tasked with a live project helped me to develop my communication, team working and analytical skills.
“The unique culture within AdviserPlus has allowed me to appreciate the importance and interactions of all job roles with an organisation”.
Joanne Beaumont, head of careers and employability at the University of Bradford, said:
“We would like to congratulate and thank all those involved with the initiative this year.
“Working with forward thinking employers like AdviserPlus creates valuable opportunities for our students.
“The feedback we have received has been overwhelming and we believe that through this ‘Summer Experience’ initiative some strong long term partnerships have been formed between the University and the regions employers.”