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Boots UK supports Grads4Nottm Scheme to Boost Graduate Retention

16 June 2017
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Boots UK is among thirty businesses from Nottinghamshire which will put their challenges to students as the annual Grads4Nottm scheme returns.

Around 100 students from Nottingham Trent University will spend two weeks working with these local businesses of all sizes, gaining valuable work experience whilst solving business challenges.

Companies in addition to Boots UK, including Yu Energy and local SMEs will be partnered with teams of students who will work on challenges ranging from web design, project management and brand campaigns, to animation, retail sales and product development.

The programme, which runs from 12 - 23 June aims to boost the number of graduates staying in the county for employment.

Deborah Garlick, Director of Henpicked, an online community for women over 40, is participating in the scheme for the first time.

Her business helps thousands of women through online advice and articles, on subjects such as money, happiness and health including menopause.

She said: “After attending the Grads4Nottm presentations last year I was very impressed with the innovative ideas the students came up with in such a short period of time.

“I’m looking forward to working with the students and seeing how they can help benefit our business with work on our latest campaign.”

Kinetik Fitness – a participant from 2016 – will return again this year after students helped them launch their first gym in the city, saving £10,000 in design fees.

Ali West, co-founder of Kinetik Fitness, said of the challenge: “The students were really professional and brought some fresh ideas into the design. We were amazed with the work they delivered over the course of two weeks. At the end, we were so impressed that we took their designs to our contractors.”

Employers were paired with students at an official launch event in 12 June. 

Claire Screaton, Graduate Scheme Learning and Development Manager, at Boots UK said; “Our relationship with our local universities is key so we can help graduates to see what opportunities there are for professional employment in Nottingham. It also gives us a chance to show students what it’s like to work for Boots, and we do get some students who take part in this programme and then apply for our graduate scheme.”

In 2016, the scheme was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative.

Amy Underwood, Business Development Coordinator at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are really excited to be running Grads4Nottm for the fourth time. The scheme gives a unique opportunity to showcase the roles and organisations Nottingham has to offer, and allows students and graduates to demonstrate the skills they have developed at university through a number of real-life business challenges.”

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Boots is the UK’s number one beauty destination and largest pharmacy chain providing dispensing and essential healthcare services, and it offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of product offering including its innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. For over 170 years, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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