Student project gives big boost to young people’s career ambitions

A project aimed at transforming young peoples’ ambitions in choosing their career paths has won top prize at the University of Portsmouth’s Business Consultancy Project Awards Event.

Back: left to right Bill Jones (Portsmouth Business School tutor), Stef Nienaltowski (Chair, Shaping Portsmouth). Front: left to right the New Gen team – Chloe Sitruk (France), Somtochukwu Orji (UK), Khalid Maylor-Morris (UK), Cattaliya Charoensereechai (Thailand).

The New Gen team, made up of five international undergraduate students (from the UK, Sweden, Thailand and France and led by Mr Somtochukwu Orji) from Portsmouth Business School, won the Best Impact Award for its five-month consultancy project with the Shaping Portsmouth partnership called ‘Roadmap to a Career’.

The project is aimed at improving the information and guidance to Portsmouth’s 11-16 year olds on career options, employability skills and what qualifications will support a young person’s ‘roadmap to a career’.

The £500 prize was presented by Portsmouth Business School graduate, Ms Rupal Thakrar, who inspired the students with her own experiences as a Business Development manager at Havant-based facilities management firm, Norse South East Ltd.

Shaping Portsmouth chair, Mr Stef Nienaltowski who nominated the team for the award, said: “The team delivered a full and end to end prototype web portal that is world-class. They have created something that we can now take on and use in the City for years to come.  This team have not only created the roadmap with real data but alongside that have scripted, filmed, edited and produced a brilliant video with clear and interesting facts that any 11-16 year old could understand. I cannot commend this group more for what they have created and delivered.”

The Most Improved Team award went to Team Revolution, working with Southern Co-op, whose Director of Sustainability and Communications, Gemma Lacey said: “The team explored the development of an e-commerce sales platform to enable Southern Co-op to grow sales, increase brand prominence, stay ahead of competitors and cultivate its investment in local producers and suppliers.

“The team transformed from a disparate group of students pulled together to undertake a project, to a team of professionals with impact and credibility. Their confidence as a team but also as individuals grew, holding their own at the final presentation managing their nerves beautifully in front of an audience of very senior people from our organisation.”

The awards ceremony celebrated the work of 350 final year students, in 67 teams, from more than 40 nationalities, working on their Business Consultancy Project (BCP) with clients from all types of organisation in the local area.

The BCP module coordinator, Peter Wainwright, said: “The module gives the students vital employability skills, as each team designs and carries out a project that will have real impact on the client organisations and their customers.”

Portsmouth Business School is accepting applications from organisations who wish to be part of BCP from October 2018. Please contact studentprojects@port.ac.uk to take part.

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