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New term milestones for NOVUS

As NOVUS welcomes the new intake of students to the University of Huddersfield for the first term of the 2015/2016 year, it is celebrating being shortlisted as a finalist in the Training & Professional Development category of the 19th annual European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

This is the second year in a row that the four-year sandwich logistics and supply chain degree scheme, which guarantees a job for successful graduates and attracts talent into the sector, has been shortlisted. The results will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 16 November, at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

In a further significant milestone for NOVUS, the very first students who enrolled on the scheme are now entering their final year, following their third year spent on a salaried placement with a NOVUS company.

David Leach, NOVUS Programme Director, commented: “The sandwich placement is one of two periods of work experience built in to the NOVUS degree course, both paid to help fund the student’s lifestyle. More importantly they provide the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities of working in organisations, to develop people skills as well as helping to build practical knowledge of the subject.”

Before reaching the sandwich year, students embark on summer work experience between the first and second year, which is another innovative aspect of the NOVUS scheme – rarely found on other courses. Students are helped to find suitable work experience with a NOVUS company for a period of 8 to 12 weeks. They return to study in the second year with an improved understanding of the industry as the course goes on to explore the subject in greater depth.

In a new video, featured on the NOVUS Facebook Page, student Lauren , who has gained experience at Arla Foods UK, explains how the logistics and supply chain degree adds value compared to other degree course. This includes experience and personal skills garnered by working with top companies, which is an intrinsic feature of the course. “You are ready to go straight into industry already two steps ahead of the game,” said Lauren. “I think it also provides a lot more for the companies that are involved with NOVUS. At Arla, for example, placement students have been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and are already developing into graduates and people they would want to employ. That is beneficial for the company and the graduate.”

Richard Wilson, Senior Director at Arla Foods UK, concurs; “The move from concept to delivery of the NOVUS scheme has been refreshingly good, exceeding our expectations. Arla has had, and continues to have a range of NOVUS students working on a mix of full year placements as well as summer projects. The calibre of the students we have had to date has been excellent and has justified our commitment to the NOVUS programme, as I have no doubt that some of these NOVUS students will become successful leaders in Arla Foods in the future.”

There are two NOVUS courses: BA (Hons) Business with Supply Chain Management has a greater emphasis on general business management, whereas BSc (Hons) Logistics & Supply Chain Management focuses more on technical and analytical skills applicable to the supply chain. They are both 4-year sandwich courses that are packed with professional development opportunities through work experience, placements, mentoring, guest lectures, site visits and professional qualifications. Courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK, the leading independent industry professional body.

To find out more about NOVUS, email: novus@hud.ac.uk or tel: 01484 472614 or visit: www.novus.uk.com

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