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Record number of employers support management students

20 December 13

Employers supporting Bradford University School of Management's students in job seeking skills at the university's new re:centre.

Record number of Yorkshire employers support Bradford University School of Management students with job seeking skills


A record number of Yorkshire employers have helped Bradford University School of Management to ensure success for students in the job market.

Over the last term, more than 70 employers - double the number of previous years - have worked with nearly 300 students, conducting mock interviews and assessing team-building activities in a simulated assessment centre.  The second year students are studying business subjects including Marketing, Accounting and Human Resource Management.

Those who took part did so to recruit future talent; give junior managers recruitment experience; or to ‘give back’ to their local community and included managers and directors from BT, Waitrose, Hallmark, Wm Morrisons, Baker Tilly, Armstrong Watson, Department of Health and Bradford City Council as well as smaller employers and organisations from the voluntary sector.

Jon Reast, Dean at the School of Management said:  “We are extremely grateful to employers for giving their time and expertise so generously.  It demonstrates their commitment to young people and recognition of the importance of building confidence and job interview skills in students.

“So many selection processes involve assessment centre activities and this is now a key part of our employability activities to prepare our students well.”

Matthew Khan, Business Analyst for Hallmark Cards, says the three key fundamentals that allow candidates to excel in interview are preparation, differentiation and confidence: “Candidates need to think differently to stand out and be remembered by the interview panel. Showing confidence in an interview helps to create a positive perception of the candidate.”

Business and Management undergraduate, Robert Gamble, said: “I had never participated in an interview before. It was the most useful thirty minutes I have ever spent with anyone and I went from being very nervous to the most confident student on campus. The mock assessment centre was also a new experience for me and the assessor gave useful feedback and was very encouraging.”

Faisal Khan, Employment & Skills Advisor for Incommunities, one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, said students need to be flexible to employer requirements and aware of economic and labour market trends. He praised the attitude and dedication of the students, who he said had “high levels of enthusiasm and motivation”.

Neil Adams, Managing Director at Powerhouse, said: “As a small business recruiting graduates, it is essential that our selection process allows us to spot potential and see candidate’s skills and motivation shine. I observed teamwork, problem solving and effective communication from the students.”

The mock interviews were held in October, followed by mock assessment centre activities in November and December. A total of 263 students took part.

Employers who would like to take part in future programmes should contact Elaine Dean, Business Coordinator at Bradford University School of Management, on

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