"Arqiva Ltd is a communications infrastructure company, operating at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets and providing much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK.
"The Arqiva graduate programme looks to recruit graduates with niche technical skills to help drive business growth. Specifically we look for graduates with engineering, IT, maths or telecommunications related degrees to help deliver our consistent excellent service to our long list of valued customers, who are some of the most recognisable brand names in the country.
"We look for graduates who are ambitious, passionate about doing their best, and will live our values. It takes a special kind of person to work in our fast-paced environment. We will support their learning through our two year graduate programme, which will set them up for success and as a potential leader of the future.
"Since launching the Arqiva graduate programme in 2014, 35 per cent of our entrants have graduated from Southampton Solent University. Arqiva has a strong and valued relationship with the University and looks to build on the partnership in the future.
"We have an aspiration to be a ‘Great Place to Work’ and we believe our graduate programme contributes significantly towards this. Not only does it provide us with a talent pipeline, we have seen a positive and supportive culture grow in business areas where we have recruited graduates."
Employ a student
“Our students have definitely added value because they are motivated to learn and work hard. It works well for us as a small company; we had someone that was keen to try lots of things and get involved with the realities of a working environment.”
Zoe Toseland, Marketing Administrator, E3 Consulting
“It is thoroughly beneficial for us and it is vital to get students involved because at the end of the day they are the business future. So if you have their enthusiasm and you are able to foster it and help it grow, that can only be a positive thing.”
Ruth Andrew, Fundraising Coordinator, Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity
Southampton Solent University and ADAM Architecture worked collaboratively to deliver a live brief where second year architectural technology students could engage with real world projects. ADAM Architecture has offices in both Winchester and London and is one of the leading practitioners of traditional and progressive architecture and contextual urbanism. ADAM Architecture’s Alex Naraian worked closely with Sarah Radif, the University’s architectural technology programme leader, to devise the project assessment brief.
"Working with universities and students provides the opportunity to get to know the abilities and personalities of students, which can be incredibly useful and mutually beneficial if a practice is looking to employ a graduate."
The project involved designing a multi-storey building which consisted of eight floors of office and retail space plus a two-storey basement, located on a sloping site with approximately 2m difference in level, in a prestigious part of London. Alex met with students at the beginning of the academic year to introduce the brief and share some of the main challenges his practice encountered whilst developing the project.
After the initial briefing, Alex chose to participate in studio sessions every four to six weeks on average, where he provided formative feedback to students both on their design and technical solutions. He also attended the final presentations at the end of the year.
"E3 Consulting has been involved in Southampton Solent University’s mentoring scheme for the last three years. As a small business we appreciate the commercial importance and value of having the right calibre of engaged staff on board, with the appropriate skills and mindset. By supporting Southampton Solent’s mentoring scheme we are able to help their students to grasp a better understanding of what the world of business is about.
"This enables them to develop their commercial awareness and be more structured with their goal setting, resulting in more clarity of purpose and direction. Most importantly the students and graduates are able to increase their probability of attaining the career they desire by becoming more employable.
"In addition to the mentoring scheme, we have also engaged with students from various courses by providing work experience and internship opportunities for students at E3 Consulting. We have also given presentations and attended an informal dinner at the University hosted by the vice chancellor - with the purpose of engaging with businesses across Hampshire and to discuss future opportunities, including representation from SME firms, such as E3 Consulting."
Solent Graduate Programme
Widgety is a small, fast-growing content sharing and distribution company, and as it grows, finding the right people is essential. That key goal has been enormously helped by recruiting through Solent University. Through the Solent Graduate Associate Programmes, the company has brought on a range of full-time Solent graduates to 'try before they buy', allowing them to make considerable cost savings on re-hiring and re-training.
"I would estimate that using the scheme for three full-time staff has provided savings over more traditional recruitment methods of approximately £8,000," said Damian Gevertz, Widgety's Director. Widgety have also made good use of Solent graduates for work experience placements; the multi-lingual map and web content produced by Solent graduates has been used by Cruise Southampton and ABP Port of Southampton to promote the city to visiting cruise liner passengers.
"With the increasing number of call-in cruises to the port, being able to provide information to passengers and crew in their own language is vital," ABP Port of Southampton told Widgety. "The map and guides at the cruise terminals have been really popular and an essential part of the passenger experience."
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