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New programme gives University of Manchester students insight into world of work

AMBS has worked in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise to develop a programme that gives students an insight into the world of work.

The First Insight Programme has been designed for final year and postgraduate students, exclusively from The University of Manchester, and aims to give them a taste of life in a dynamic technology environment and a clearer vision of their career path. The programme has been developed in collaboration between The University of Manchester and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).

Lanxin Hu, BSc Accounting student, said: “I wanted to join the programme because I was interested in the sales strategy that HPE have and how they cope with the sustainability of their competitive strategy and environment, client concepts and their own perspectives.”

The five-day programme, delivered by HPE in Manchester, will give students the opportunity to get to know the business and its culture, particularly in the Manchester office at Circle Square, in depth. During the week, participants will work with the Commercial Sales team to delve deeper into the HPE Sales Strategy and understand the mechanics of working in a high-paced sales environment. Students will also interact with senior leaders and executives across HPE in the UK and hear from other graduates about their experiences working at the organisation.

Stuart Wells, Executive Director of Client Relations at Alliance Manchester Business School, and HPE Partnership Lead, said: “We are proud to be working with HPE as a partner on this programme, which is the first of its kind for the organisation.”

“The programme is a robust, challenging experience that provides high-potential students an opportunity to gain exposure to HPE and aims to help them decide which type of role career route they want to take in the future.”

“The strategic relationship with HPE is one that we truly value at Alliance Manchester Business School. They have shown a real commitment to their investment in Manchester by establishing a state-of-the-art office here on Oxford Road and also significantly investing in community activities. We are very grateful to them for giving our students this fantastic opportunity.”

Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) have an established strategic partnership with HPE, a global edge-to-cloud company to pursue collaborative projects and create new recruitment pathways for students.

The collaboration supports HPE on the next stage of its growth journey by providing access to world-class research and academic expertise, an enhanced people development programme, and recruitment opportunities.

For AMBS, the partnership sees senior executives from HPE guest lecture at AMBS and provide industry insight into potential new programmes.

Maninder Randhawa, Early Careers Development Lead at HPE, said: “At HPE, we have a thriving early careers community, especially in our Manchester office. We are committed to bringing in the next generation of talent and investing in the local area.”

“The First Insight Programme, developed with The University of Manchester will allow students to really get a feel for what it is like to work for a big technology company. The week will give students a deep dive into our company strategy, what we do for our customers, and the products and services we sell. Students will also get an insight into the different roles available at HPE and work with various people across the company.”

“The development of this programme has allowed us to strengthen our relationship with the University as one of our key partners of future talent pipeline.”

Students listening to lecture