Students win work placements with Glasgow employers

25 April 2012

The Real World winners

The Real World winners

The winners of GCU’s first Real World competition for Student Leaders will benefit from a work experience internship with Glasgow’s employers.

Introduced in partnership with GCU Lead’s Real WoRLD Project, the competition gave students the chance to hone their employability skills, working on a project brief set by nine employers, ranging from big banks such as Santander and Barclayswealth to smaller businesses like Bad Pony Media Ltd.

First prize went to Matthew Skilling (3rd year International Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise) and Michael Stephenson (2nd year Podiatry) working with The National Sports Medicine Centre. Yumna Hussain (3rd year Finance, Investment and Risk) and Kamran Ashed (MSc Maintenance Management) took second prize, following their work with Santander.

Both teams won a cash prize and a short internship with the employers they delivered the brief for.

Lecturer in Employability and Real World Project Manager at GCU Sabine McKinnon says: “The Real World Employability Competition is an excellent example of successful collaboration between GCU LEAD, the Careers Service and the GCU Students’ Association.

“The competition gave our student leaders the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge to a real world problem and improve their employability skills in the process. Working for a real-life employer helped them gain an insight into the demands and pressures of the workplace and it boosts their CV’s.

“The Real World Project is delighted to provide the funding for this competition. We will run it again next year and hope that many more student leaders will take part.”

The GCU Student Leaders Awards recognise student volunteers who embody the university’s values and commitment to the “common weal”, have contributed to the student experience through Students’ Association activities and leadership roles at university, and who are active role models for other students and young people.