A Coventry company is investing further in the future with the appointment of three university placement students.
The Wigley Group is now in its fourth year of taking on placement students from Coventry University and for the first time, is providing opportunities for more than one undergraduate to gain industry experience as part of their degree.
Lianne Moir, Rebeka Linture and Becky Peckham have all joined the leading commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park for 12 months having completed the second year of their degree courses.
Lianne, aged 21, who is studying sports management, is an administration, marketing and events assistant. Business management student Rebeka Linture, aged 23, is an estates assistant, and Becky Peckham, aged 20, who is studying business and finance, has been taken on in accounts support.
At the same time, 19-year-old Olivia Frogley has joined in a permanent role as a health and safety administration assistant.
Alexis Considine, aged 19, who was appointed as an accounts apprentice earlier this year through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training (CWCT), has now been promoted to accounts assistant.
James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, said: “We are committed to investing in the future and developing our strong partnership with Coventry University, in addition to providing apprenticeships and other career opportunities for young people.
“We have taken on a student from Coventry University as part of their degree every year since 2014 and are now extending that opportunity as we value the contribution that they make to our business and the support we provide in preparation for their future careers.”
Gemma Mukerji completed her placement as office administrator in July and has since been given a part-time role whilst completing her marketing degree at Coventry University with a view to being offered a full-time, permanent position when she graduates next year.
The 22-year-old said: “My placement year with The Wigley Group was fantastic. I was given as much responsibility as a full-time employee and was able to get involved in all aspects of the company which was invaluable.
“I’m delighted to have now been offered a full-time, permanent position when I graduate and staying on a part-time basis will enable me to build on my experience and keep in touch with company developments until then.”
Dalvinder Sanghera, employer engagement manager for the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University, said: “Employability is a big initiative for Coventry University and our focus is on encouraging students to gain industry placements and work experience to enhance their chances in the graduate labour market.
“We pride ourselves on supporting local companies, as well as national and international organisations, and are pleased to have been able to supply The Wigley Group with good calibre students. Gemma is a prime example of how our placements can help a business grow its own talent.”