Outstanding Business Solutions from Brightest Students; EDUCATION

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Outstanding Business Solutions from Brightest Students; EDUCATION


Over 70 of the region's brightest students have presented their outstanding business solutions at The Year in Industry Company Exhibition.

Innovations designed to improve a range of sectors were on display at The University of Birmingham.

The ideas came from university students who have attended year placements with companies before or during their degree course as part of The Year in Industry scheme.

This encourages companies to take on a cost-effective employee, while students earn an annual salary of between pounds 8,000 to pounds 14,000 and gain industry experience.

Around a quarter of all students placed go on to be sponsored through university.

Estelle Rowe, area director of The Year in Industry said: "With student debt and competition in the graduate employment market, the most talented students see the long term benefits of this in-depth work experience and some fantastic projects have been produced.

"We've received a record number of student applications for placements in 2006/07, and even more local companies are recognising the real value these students can bring to an organisation." Entrants included Jennifer McCann from Stafford, who developed a quicker and more accurate assembly process at Goodrich Engine Controls, saving the company over pounds 10,000 per year.

Michael Holland from Selly Oak spent his year with Turner and Townsend and developed health and safety protocol and fire audits for Orange mobile phone masts and GAP clothing stores. …

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