Student finds perfect role through Newcastle Work Experience

David Smith, a Newcastle University Business School student pursuing a PhD in entrepreneurship and innovation has successfully secured a placement with March ThirtyOne through the Newcastle Work Experience scheme.

Newcastle Work Experience (NWE) offers paid work experience opportunities in local small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to bright and enterprising students, helping to boost their employability.

March ThirtyOne are cost reduction specialists, and David brings his experience in lean management, cost-reduction strategies and performance enhancement to his three month placement at the company. David describes his placement as an "ideal fit" with his interests and experience.

Will Fatherley, managing director of March ThirtyOne, expresses his support of NWE: “The University’s placement scheme is fantastic and really user-friendly for an SME like us. The final decision was to offer the role to David. He has experience of our sector, which is perfect.”

Intern David Smith commented: “Having been involved with the Newcastle Work Experience scheme before, I knew how beneficial it can be in the development of new skills, knowledge and contacts so I was doubly interested when I spotted the March ThirtyOne brief related to cost reduction as I have experience in this area.” Find out more about the benefits of taking part in NWE.

Lesley Wilson, placement officer for the Careers Service at Newcastle University, added: “The Newcastle Work Experience programme offers students across the University opportunities to gain real life work experience in regional SMEs. As we know, employers are putting more and more emphasis on work experience when looking to employ graduates, and this is a perfect way for students to add to their CV while receiving a bursary.”

NWE placements are available during term-time and the summer in a range of different sectors. The scheme is open to all Newcastle University students (undergraduate and postgraduate) from any degree discipline. Find out more about Newcastle Work Experience and increase your employability by undertaking a placement.

published on: 4th July 2012