Friday saw James Powley announced as the winner of the 2014 NTU/NFFC Management Apprenticeship.
The project has seen Nottingham Forest team up with Nottingham Trent University to offer six students the chance to compete against each other and work with local businesses in an ‘Apprentice’ style competition.
And, after five gruelling tasks in as many months, Powley was crowned the successful candidate and has earned himself a year-long, fully-paid internship in the Forest commercial department.
The final of the competition saw the two remaining students, Powley and Joseph Trotman, deliver a ‘Why employ me?’ presentation in front of operations manager Joe Sharphouse before facing three testing interviews with Sharphouse, sales manager Simon Fotheringham and account manager Robin Campbell.
Sharphouse was delighted with the inaugural scheme and believes that the benefits were felt by all those involved in the competition.
He said: “All the students have gained invaluable skills such as interview techniques and presenting under pressure, working with large companies such as Greene King and Hickling & Squires and getting a taste of what life is like in the real working world.
“Although James ended up winning the internship, all the students will take away crucial experience and some fantastic credentials to put onto their CVs.”
NTU lecturer Chris Parker, who set the scheme up with Forest commercial account manager Campbell, was equally pleased with the outcome.
He said: “I think the experience for our students has been unparalleled. This project has given students the chance to apply their learning in the industry. This was a real competition with a real job at the end of it and the pressure increased as we went on.
“I’m delighted with how the project progressed and with how it has ended. I hope to be talking next year about the NTU/NFFC Management Apprenticeship 2.”
James will be joining the Nottingham Forest commercial team in mid-July so look out for him in the corporate facilities next season.