Bradford School of Management Human Resources MSc students visit one of the country's best rated employers
Top performing students on this year's Human Resource Management MSc programme got to learn about what makes a great company to work for on a visit to one of the country's best rated employers.
The company, Zenith Intelligent Vehicle Solutions, was ranked the 8th best employer in the UK in 2014 according to the Times top 100 survey and were shortlisted in 2015 for the Yorkshire Post’s best employer awards.
Zenith is one of the UK’s leading independent leasing, vehicle outsourcing and fleet management provider and employs more than 300 people in the Leeds area.
The Human Resource Management MSc students said they gained a lot from their experience. Ruby Takhar, one of the MSc students, said: “To have been given the opportunity to visit Zenith and understand how a successful HR department functions was really useful as it helped me understand how theoretical approaches learnt on my course are applied in practice in the workplace."
Organiser of the visit, Dr Robert Perrett, who is Associate Professor in HRM and Programme Leader at Bradford School of Management, said: "These students have really worked hard this year, embraced the course and been really interactive in classes.
"I thought it would be of great value to them to see how one of Yorkshire top businesses treats their employees."
He added: “Zenith operates one of the most advanced and comprehensive HR systems I have ever seen."
Marisa Jerrison, HR Director at Zenith, highlighted the importance of connecting with the next generation of professionals and graduates.
“At Zenith we pride ourselves on being innovative and adapting to the changing trends of our industry," she said.
"Bringing talent into the business with fresh ideas and the ability to challenge our way of doing things is integral to the future success of Zenith.
"Sessions like the one we held with the MSc HRM students from the University of Bradford School of Management ensure that we are continuing to connect with people of this calibre and are opening our doors to exciting new talent in the future.”
The School of Management's relationship with Zenith was formed after Dr Perret was introduced to the company after they entered last year's Outstanding Employer category of the Yorkshire Post Business in Excellence awards, which Dr Perrett helped judge.