Mentors Enhance UCO Students EmployabilityA new mentoring scheme has given University Campus Oldham students a unique insight into the challenges and realities of management.
Designed to enhance student employability after graduation, the scheme has been devised by University Campus Oldham and Oldham based Unity Partnerships. The scheme has matched all Year 2 FdA Business Management students with a management level mentor within Unity.
The Unity mentors come from varied backgrounds, including HR, Highways, Property Management, Revenue Management and Business Services. Students gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and realities of management, apply their learning from the course to real situations and learn from the experienced managers at Unity.
The mentors and mentees worked over the academic year 2016/17. Students will be awarded certificates to reward their endeavours at a ceremony at University Campus Oldham, 12.30pm, 23rd February 2017. Jian Boodhoo said: “I found the scheme really useful, my mentor was generous with his ideas and challenged me to think outside the box. He was great at listening, allowing me to reflect, analyse and evaluate my learning.”
Dave Fallon, Course Leader, FdA Business Management, University Campus Oldham said: “The mentoring scheme provides our students with a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced managers in a variety of sectors and to apply their learning from the course to real business situations. The support of the Unity Partnership and the commitment of their staff to support our students is fantastic and feedback from the students clearly demonstrates the value they gain from the scheme.”
Rachael Land, Community Liaison Officer, Unity Partnership said “Unity Partnership is committed to supporting our local community, especially in terms of enhancing employment opportunities, and we are proud to work together with University Campus Oldham to deliver a mentoring programme to Year 2 FdA Business Management students. The programme is a great way of working with local students to help them develop their understanding of the business world on a practical level, offering them a real insight into day to day practicalities and supporting them in further developing skills they can use to shape their future careers.“