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New University of Bolton initiative improves commercial awareness

The careers service at the University of Bolton is working with Gradcore to deliver an innovative four-day programme aimed at final year students and graduates. The programme aims to improve the employability of students and grow links with employers and local businesses.

The programme covers four main elements:

• Real-life business engagement
• Addressing challenges around commercial awareness
• Highlighting job opportunities and job hunting strategies in both small
   and large organisations
• Benchmarked testing of skills through an assessment simulator

Intensive programme

Their approach to meeting these challenges centres around an intensive programme, which will deliver a range of training, testing and activity that rapidly develops key employability skills, and identifies areas in most need of development. This experience will be informed at all stages by real feedback from businesses, and involve real-life and simulated environments that develop competencies and the right attitudes.

The project is being funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The external organisation that has been chosen for this first programme is Bolton Hospice, which will provide a real business problem for the students and graduates to solve.

Gradcore is a company that has more than 15 years' experience of working with graduates, businesses and universities. It provides services from graduate recruitment, to research consultancy and training.

Julie Bateman, Head of Careers and Employability, said:

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and graduates to gain commercial awareness and to understand the problems and issues that exist for local businesses in this current economic climate. The benefit of this programme is that all participants will get the chance to put their new skills and knowledge into practice by supporting a really good cause."

Tags: bolton commercial awareness million+ University Sector

Created on: 24 January 2012

Last updated: 06 February 2012

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