Winner of university sponsorship package revealed

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College student Stephanie Antrobus has been revealed as the winner of a university sponsorship package with a Shropshire business.

Stephanie, who intends to study law at York University, fought off competition from eight other college students to win the sponsorship deal with Shrewsbury-based business Wellmeadow Consulting.

She will now be given £500 to help towards the cost of her university studies and will undertake a paid internship at the company, which provides management consultancy services to small and medium sized businesses.

The 17-year-old who lives in Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, said: “Being chosen for such a unique opportunity has been fantastic and I still can’t quite believe it.

“The prospect of working for Wellmeadow Consulting and the new experiences it will offer me is incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to get started.

“They’ve asked me to start this summer to get familiar with the company, its people and the work they undertake, so I won’t have to wait too much longer.”

The youngster believes it is getting increasingly harder for graduates to find a job after university so she is hoping her experience with Wellmeadow will help set her apart from the crowd.

“Gaining a sponsorship has been fantastic, however it is the internship that I am most excited about,” she said.

“Not only is securing a job over the holidays a great relief but it is the experience and knowledge I hope to gain from working at Wellmeadow that I feel will be most valuable.

“It could open up new opportunities as well as honing and developing the key skills prospective future employers will be looking for.

“Being in Shrewsbury is also a bonus for me as it means I can live at home and see my family whilst earning money to support my studies for the rest of the year.”

Stephanie was chosen as the winning student following an assessment centre at the college last Wednesday (April 9) which tested the students team working skills, mathematical abilities and performance during an interview.

Company director Richard Buckle, who once attended Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “All the students did extremely well and we were impressed with them all. It is not easy performing under that sort of pressure and we hope the experience will prove useful to them when they begin looking for jobs after university.

“We are very excited about Stephanie coming to join us on an internship and we hope she will learn a lot and gain some valuable insights into the business world.

“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 so she will get experience across a range of projects and sectors.

“It is the first time Wellmeadow have offered this sort of sponsorship package.

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

“Part of the reason for offering this sponsorship package is to try and change that way of thinking and start encouraging graduates to come back to Shropshire.”

“We are hoping to be able to offer the same sort of sponsorship package again next year to Shrewsbury Sixth Form students and are open to ideas to develop the scheme.

“We are not aware of any other businesses in Shropshire doing this sort of thing so we are pleased to be leading the way for students.”

Those students who missed out on the sponsorship deal were given a letter by Wellmeadow Consulting to show future prospective employers and a gift voucher.

They were also given a number of useful tips on interview techniques and how to tackle team building exercises should they face a similar assessment in future.

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