Interoute scooped the Special Placement Employer prize 2012 at the Brunel Business School Tutorial day on 27 February 2012. Thirteen employers were nominated by students for this award. Toby Robins of Wiles Greenworld, winner of the Best Placement Employer award in 2011 presented the award to the Best Placement Student, Best Placement Employer and the Special Placement Employer prize this year.
The Employer award recognises the exceptional effort the employer has put in to develop their placement student(s). This year a special award was given to Interoute for their concerted effort in building a special relationship with the university. Brunel Business School hopes to develop strategic partnership with Interoute in research, recruitment and wider community projects.
Interoute has been a part of the student placement scheme with Brunel University for two years. As part of the scheme 12 students join the company every year for 12 months, in order to gain invaluable first-hand experience in technology design and engineering; products and services; and marketing and finance. When making their selection, the judging panel was particularly impressed with the steps Interoute takes to integrate and develop these students within its organisation and the plans it has to further develop the partnership with Brunel and its students.
“We are very proud of our partnership with Brunel University and the part it has enabled us to play in investing in the next generation of business leaders. This award reflects our commitment to the IT industry, in ensuring that we are providing space and opportunities for graduates to thrive in an exciting, quickly evolving market. Receiving this accolade from the students themselves is testament to that commitment paying off and making a real difference to the outlook of students at the University.” said Interoute’s Recruitment Manager, Adrian Butler.
Best Placement Employer : Student must be able to demonstrate the following criteria when nominating employer for this award.
- Does the company have a structured programme?
- How was induction conducted?
- Training opportunities?
- Guidance from manager?
- How regularly does performance review take place?
- Networking opportunities with staff?
- Networking opportunities with external organisations?
- Networking opportunities with other placement students?
- How does the placement contribute to student’s personal and professional development?
- Graduate opportunities/final year sponsorship
Best Placement Student: Employer must demonstrate the following criteria when nominating student for this award.
- Student’s attitude: enthusiasm, positive, flexible
- Student’s performance: time management, team work skills, communication skills, etc.
- Student’s contribution: is this quantifiable
Student Placecements are run in collaboration with the award winning Placement and Career Centre of Brunel University.