University forging new links with city aquarium
BUSINESS students from Plymouth University will get the opportunity to work at one of the city's top tourist attractions following the launch of a new partnership.
The University's Plymouth Business School and the National Marine Aquarium have teamed up to offer a new student internship programme.
The link will see four students working on business development projects, giving them the opportunity to build skills and network with professionals.
It is the latest innovative initiative involving the school, which was recently shortlisted for the Business School of the Year accolade in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards.
Associate dean Dr Hilary Duckett said: "The Plymouth Business School is proud to be working in partnership with the National Marine Aquarium on this exciting student internship programme.
"It showcases our commitment to graduating the most entrepreneurial, employable and engaged students in the world and we challenge our students to explore, discover and experience new opportunities.
"We want them to make a difference and are focused on giving them the skills and knowledge to help them succeed."
Through the new partnership, the students will work directly with Randolph Gratton, the marketing, business development and IT director at the NMA.
They will work on schemes designed to further boost the reputation of the attraction, which welcomes about 300,000 visitors each year and is engaged in a number of high profile marine research projects.
In return, the student interns will be paid £1,500 a year for their work.
Professor David Wheeler, dean of the Plymouth Business School, said: "Real world experience is vital in giving our students the edge as they seek to become successful in their future careers.
"Partnerships such as this will not only prove invaluable to the students' future prospects, but also provide a boost to the city and region, and we are already in discussions with other organisations with a view to developing this prototype for them."
Mr Gratton said: "We are delighted to be launching this new initiative, which will give students first-hand experience of working within a thriving business.
"I am looking forward to mentoring our chosen students over the coming months, and assisting them in gaining skills which will prove invaluable in their later working lives."