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Can history repeat itself at NUE 2019?

5 February 2019

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School hopeful of repeat NUE success in 2019

Two undergraduates from Cardiff Business School have been shortlisted for National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards.

The nominations come a year after Elizabeth Pescud and Ryan Hale secured national recognition for their employability opportunities by taking home the Best Placement student and Best Intern awards in 2018.

This year, Callum Mcintosh, a third year undergraduate studying BScEcon Accounting and Management with a Professional Placement Year, is one of five students UK-wide in the running for the Best Placement Student Award which recognises the amazing contribution that students make to businesses across the UK.

The award celebrates the genuine, measurable impact a student has made to their host business whilst on placement.

A significant impact

Callum spent his Placement Year at Nissan as a Customer Service Coordinator where his day-to-day tasks were based around the operations and management of the back and front office of Nissan’s customer service teams.

Luke Burch, Callum’s line manager at Nissan, said: “During Callum’s time with us he made a significant impact...”

“This ranged from improvements in the efficiency and quality of the departments processes, driving improvements in customer satisfaction, to initiatives that resulted in significant cost savings for the organisation.”

Luke Burch Callum’s line manager at Nissan

Lily-Rose Fenn, a second year undergraduate studying BSc Business Management with an Integrated Work Placement, is also shortlisted and will compete against four others for the coveted Best Intern Award.

A model employee

The Best Intern category celebrates students who have exceeded expectations while on placement, making an impact on their department or the business itself.

Lily completed her Integrated Work Placement at Rhys Davies Logistics where she assisted with the implementation of a new operational system to be used as a track and trace solution.

“During her period with us, Lily developed into a valuable member of the project team. She successfully engaged with a range of stakeholders during the execution of biggest IT project the business has attempted.”

Gavin Tyler Lily’s line manager at Rhys Davies Logistics

“In many ways, Lily has proved to be a model employee.”

Alex Hicks, Placement Manager at Cardiff Business School, said: “I’m delighted that NUE has once again recognised our talented students and the contributions they have made to their host organisations...”

“I’m so proud of Callum and Lily-Rose, who have done such a wonderful job during their placement and internship programmes. We were lucky enough to take home two prizes last year, so let’s hope we can repeat the success in 2019!”

Alex Hicks Placement Manager

2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the awards, which are split into Employer, University and Student shortlists, and benchmark ‘success across all organisations, universities and students in the undergraduate employability market’.

The NUE Awards will take place in London on Friday 1st March 2019.

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