Nottingham Forest this week teamed up with Nottingham Trent University to launch the inaugural NTU/NFFC Management Apprenticeship.The scheme will see six Sports Science and Management students from Nottingham Trent University pitted against each other in an ‘Apprentice-like’ competition with the winner earning themselves a year’s fully-paid internship in the Forest Commercial department.
On Monday the students were set their first task of creating a sponsorship package for one of the club’s official partners, Greene King, which they will then have to present to Greene King Sales Development Manager Martin Raynor two weeks later.
Nottingham Forest Operations Manager Joe Sharphouse is confident that the project will benefit all parties.
He said: “It’s good to be able to support the local university and some of the good work that they do. We have a group of students work for the matchday magazine, we have work experience students that come through and a very strong relationship with the university. We’ll look to continue that relationship for as long as possible.”
Chris Parker, lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The competition has been set up as a result of the good work that NTU have been doing with Nottingham Forest and the relationship that has been in place for over 11 years now.”
In that period 11 students from NTU have gone onto work for Nottingham Forest, including Sharphouse and Account Manager Robin Campbell.
Campbell, who now works in the Nottingham Forest Commercial department himself, was quick to recognise the value of the partnership between the university and the football club.
He said: “The work that NTU did with Nottingham Forest and the relationship that was formed got me where I am now, and through this competition there’s a great chance for other students as well.”
Parker believes the crop of 2014 have been given a fantastic opportunity and a chance to follow some of the university’s successful alumni.
He said: “It’s wonderful that Nottingham Forest have made such a great gesture and it’s wonderful that companies like Greene King are willing to get involved as well. It shows the power of their relationship with the club and their commitment to education and the local community.
“And although there’s going to be a winner and they’re going to get a job, the students are all going to get incredible learning and experience beyond the curriculum.”
The final of the NTU/NFFC Management Apprenticeship will be held in June and you can receive regular updates from the competition on the Commercial News section of the official Forest website as well as the Commercial pages of the matchday magazine.