Business Hub To Put Students At Centre Of Employability And Enterprise

18 September 2013

John Coyne

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, at the new Employability and Enterprise Hub.

We are starting as we mean to go on with the Employability and Enterprise Hub; making it an engaging, creative and student-led force within the University to promote real business thinking.

Bev Crighton, lead for Enterprise at the University of Derby.

A new centre aimed at training future business leaders and entrepreneurs will be launched tomorrow (September 19) at the University of Derby before an invited audience of major employers.

The Employability and Enterprise Hub will enable students and recent graduates to network with and be mentored by senior business figures, attend exclusive business seminars and workshops, access funding to start-up their own enterprises, gain employment with top level companies and use their skills to help good causes.

The Hub in the Atrium of the University's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, will open to invited guests for the first time - including representatives from Rolls-Royce, telecoms technology business Roscom and Marketing Derby - from 11am to 3pm on Thursday September 19.

Activities during the launch will include:

  • information for employers on a new funding scheme to help towards the costs of employing a University of Derby graduate or student;

  • the launch of a competition to give 50 free annual Institute of Directors' Student Memberships (worth £50 each) to the most promising student or graduate business brains;

  • a demonstration of the Hub's new Careers IT portal, to help match applicants with available vacancies.

The Hub is a joint venture between the University of Derby's Derby Business School, its Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI), and University of Derby Corporate (UDC).

Demonstrating the University's faith in its degree students, the Hub will be managed in its first year with the help of a Derby Business School student on work placement. Carmen Isabela Sterian is currently on the BA (Hons) Marketing and Advertising Management degree course.

Bev Crighton, lead for Enterprise at the University of Derby, said: "We are starting as we mean to go on with the Employability and Enterprise Hub; making it an engaging, creative and student-led force within the University to promote real business thinking.

"We want it to be a place where the fresh approach and energy of our students, whether they are looking to start up their own company or join an established one, can draw on the experience and knowledge of senior business people and their organisations."

To contact the new Employability and Enterprise Hub directly email thehub@derby.ac.uk or contact the Derby Business School's Centre for Enterprise through Bev Crighton on 01332 591813, or email b.crighton@derby.ac.uk

For more on the work of Derby Business School and its courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/dbs

Media requiring more information on this news release can contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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