Correct for academic year 2019/20
Uniquely, sponsors are involved with NOVUS students from recruitment to graduation. Sponsorship allows marketing to be undertaken at UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) fairs and in schools, promoting not only the benefits of the scheme, but the supply chain profession at large. Sponsors are then involved in candidate selection, which happens at each of the NOVUS Universities for students that have passed the initial academic screening. Strong applicants are invited to take part in an assessment centre, using competency-based tools and techniques similar to those used for graduate recruitment, but adjusted for the target age group. Communication, team work, decision making and logical thinking form some of the assessment criteria, but passion for and commitment to the logistics profession are pivotal.
Thereafter, sponsors are involved in course delivery, enriching course content by providing guest lectures, company projects and site visits. Furthermore, companies provide mentors for students to assist with their personal and professional development, that stay with students for the duration of their course, and beyond.
The feature that applies NOVUS’ industry-relevant education to the logistics sector is the work experience. Students have two opportunities for paid work experience during the course; the summer between first and second year at University, and the industrial placement year in third year. Additionally, at two NOVUS Universities, Aston University and University of Huddersfield, NOVUS students are guaranteed graduate employment. The areas in which students work on their industrial placement year include client solutions, warehouse management systems, business development, warehouse team management, transport management and more.
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