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Grant aids footballer-come-salesman on clear career path

Published: Saturday, 20 February 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Having received a great deal of support from Malvern Hills District Council’s new graduate grant scheme, Ben Hayes, a graduate and footballer from the University of Worcester, is pursuing his dream of becoming a sales specialist.

Whilst studying for his degree, a BA in Business Management, Ben decided to embark on an industry placement as part of his studies. Doing so helped him gain a competitive edge over other candidates, something highly beneficial in the jobs field.

However, on beginning his job search, the 21-year-old who plays football for Malvern Town FC, was left unimpressed by the choice of job opportunities available – both on a local and national level.

Fortunately for this budding marketer, Malvern company HD Connectivity stepped in and Ben was able to take advantage of MHDC's new graduate grant scheme. Having a grant meant he was able to pursue a work placement. The scheme, which is part or the University of Worcester’s Business School, offers grants of up to £1,000 to businesses offering industry placements to graduates.

Mr Hayes is now able to put his sales and marketing skills to the test at one of the continent’s largest AV and electronic trade shows – Integrated Systems Europe. He will work alongside industry giants such as Samsung, helping to promote the Malvern company’s innovative multi-media systems.

Managing director of HD Connectivity Chris Pinder revealed it is the first time that the company has taken on a university student on placement.

He added that Ben has been a real asset to the business and that the scheme has been a great way to explore new concepts and ideas, as well as deciding if more permanent roles are needed at the business.

“Employing an undergraduate student means you get a high calibre candidate with the right aptitude, who is used to working under their own steam to meet set targets and deadlines,” Chris explained.
Tim Maxfield, director of business development at the University of Worcester Business School, added that students are “equipped with the knowledge and skills to have an impact from day one”. He suggested that students who do a placement year are also more likely to stay in a certain location as their employability improves.

For a wide range of graduate recruitment opportunities, visit Grad Plus and see what roles might be right for you and your skill set

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