The second stage of the KONE live project took place recently at GSM London’s Greenwich campus. The pilot project is a unique initiative that blends academic and commercial expertise. It forms part of the wider focus on employability and related work experience that are key aspects of GSM London’s degrees.
Zach Thompson, Programme Leader for BSc Business Management explains: ‘Through the partnership we have developed with KONE, our level 6 strategic management students are able to focus their coursework on the business needs of a real company and present their findings in a business environment before ever leaving our doors.’
For the first stage, students submitted a proposal to academics. The top three groups were then selected to go through to the next round and given training from the Careers and Employability Department to help them make the transition from presenting in an academic environment to a commercial one. The second stage required students to present their proposal to KONE Great Britain’s Commercial Director Danilo De Rossi and HR Director JT Tate-Mitchell.
Ajaz Hussain, Careers Education Manager said: ‘Bringing employers onto campus allows us to bridge the gap between academic study and industry requirements. We are delighted to be working with KONE and supporting academic colleagues. We delivered a coaching session on ‘Presenting to a Business Audience’ which introduced various models to help students reflect, enhance and perform, while changing the focus and context of their presentation.’
The second stage was a great success. All the groups have been invited go forward to the third stage in June, where they will present to members of the executive team at KONE Great Britain’s headquarters. The company has allocated two internships for the finalists – the winners will be selected from all the students taking part.
Zach said: ‘The students’ have worked hard to improve their presentations at each stage and received a great deal of valuable feedback. As a result, their presentations have been relevant and commercially focused, which is why they were all invited to compete in the final. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them’.