Students battle it out for university sponsorship

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College students will go head to head this week as they battle to win a sponsorship deal with a Shropshire business to help fund their university studies.

Their skills will be put to the test on Wednesday (April 9th) when they take part in an assessment centre at the college organised by Shrewsbury-based business Wellmeadow Consulting.

Each of the nine candidates, who will start university later this year and will be studying a range of subjects from science to performing arts, will face a professional interview and will be asked to take part in a series of team activities during which the students will be judged on their skills and abilities.

The winning student will walk away with a £500 sponsorship grant from Wellmeadow and the opportunity to undertake a paid internship at its offices in Shrewsbury.

It is the first time the company, which provides management consultancy services to small and medium sized businesses, has sponsored a university student.

Director Richard Buckle, who once attended Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Shrewsbury Sixth Form students and very exciting for us.

“Going to university these days is a huge expense so £500 I’m sure will go a long way to help funding the winner’s studies.

“At the same time we are offering the winner the opportunity for a paid internship with us during their holidays which will provide them with valuable work experience.

“We work with many different businesses providing advice and consultancy services ranging from chairing board meetings through to implementing shop floor systems and everything in-between.

“As such we can offer experience across a range of projects and sectors, providing an excellent grounding for someone looking to go into business once they graduate.  If we find the right candidate we would hope to recruit them into a graduate role here at Wellmeadow.

“Here in Shropshire there are some wonderful businesses and it is a great place to live and work.

“All too often though youngsters leave for university but don’t think to come back and work here once they have finished their studies.

“We would like to change that way of thinking and start encouraging graduates to come back to Shropshire.”

The short-list of candidates taking part in Wednesday’s assessment have already completed an initial application process and successfully passed an online numeracy and literacy test.

Whilst there can only be one winner of the sponsorship deal, Mr Buckle, who co-founded Wellmeadow four years ago with Wellmeadow’s managing director David Parry, said the experience of attending a professional assessment centre will be invaluable experience for all the students.

“We run assessment centre interviews for a number of different companies who are looking to recruit at a senior executive level.

“By having an opportunity to go through this process, the students will gain some great experience and will get a taste of what to expect in a few years’ time when they are looking to land their first big job after university.

“It will be their first insight into the world of business and that is quite exciting.”

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