University of Hull student prepares for Team GB work experience

A University of Hull student has been offered an exciting opportunity to create a new Partner Hub for Team GB – a project that will provide valuable work experience and boost their CV.

The Partner Hub will streamline the interactions between Team GB and their partners, by allowing easier access to key Team GB documents, assets and branding, and thereby playing a critical role in ensuring a smooth experience for partners such as adidas and Aldi.

The partnership between the University of Hull and Team GB is built on the belief that there is extraordinary in everyone, and the Partner Hub project is an example of the opportunities afforded to our students to demonstrate their own extraordinary talents.

Alec Ferriby
Alec Ferriby, Business Management and Marketing

In a competitive selection process, it was third-year Business Management and Marketing student, Alec Ferriby, who impressed Team GB.

Spanning six weeks, the project schedule will be flexible to enable Alec to continue his university studies but will provide him with a broad range of skills.

Alec said: “To have the chance to work on a project as important as this for someone my age is incredible, and it wouldn’t be possible without the partnership between the University and Team GB.

“Being chosen to lead the project has demonstrated to me the value of believing in yourself - it was a big confidence boost to be selected.”

As part of the Partner Hub project, Alec will be responsible for everything from the research and design of the platform, to meeting with internal stakeholders and onboarding to Team GB staff once it is completed.

“I’m so excited because the responsibility placed on me means that there won’t be two days the same. I can’t wait to get started and show them what I can do.”

Allie Smith, Commercial Executive at Team GB and Alec’s primary liaison while he works on the project, was very impressed with all of the shortlisted candidates for the role, but outlined why Alec stood out.

She said: “All three University of Hull students we shortlisted had their own unique set of strengths, but Alec’s confidence and proactiveness really shone through.”

“He identified the skills that would allow him to succeed, whilst acknowledging the areas in which he could grow and improve. I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running.”

Allie said: “Team GB is extremely proud to be partners with the University of Hull, because every project we set them has a direct impact on Team GB’s ability to deliver the best Games experience.”

“The University’s students bring a fresh perspective to our projects, and we view them as a vital asset to our team.”

Alec’s work experience is due to take place over six weeks, from January to February.

28 January marks the two-year anniversary of the University’s partnership with Team GB. Since its announcement in January 2019, students have benefitted from practical, CV-boosting skills at the same time as making their mark on Team GB in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Partner Hub project is the latest example of the exciting range of Team GB based activities that have taken place over the two years so far. It follows a marketing challenge for first-year students, an ongoing research project exploring British Olympic Champions of the past, a series of Team GB appearances where athletes have shared their personal goal-setting and medal-winning experiences with students, and a family sports event for local schools and colleges. In November 2019, one lucky student went to Tokyo to assist with a virtual reality project to help prepare athletes for Tokyo 2020.

This unprecedented partnership is borne out of a synergy between the University’s ambitions and beliefs, and those of Team GB. Announced in January 2019, it covers the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (confirmed by the BOA, the IOC and the Japanese Government to take place in summer 2021), the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Another internship opportunity with Team GB is also in the pipeline – to provide planning and support for Team GB’s ‘Kitting Out’ operation. This is one of the most exciting days in the Olympic build-up for the Team GB athletes, as for many it will be the first time they try on their official Team GB kit and really feel part of the team.

The University of Hull Student Futures team worked with Team GB, over a number of weeks, to understand the requirements of the project, develop the job description and help to identify the ideal candidate. The job advert was promoted via the Job Teaser platform as well as promote the job advert to all students including postgraduate students. Job Teaser is a platform used to advertise all of the Careers and paid job opportunities for our students. A number of student applications were received for this role and it was the Student Futures team who helped to shortlist the candidates with the relevant skills and experience needed, with any unsuccessful applicants receiving coaching and feedback on their application, to help them secure future opportunities.

John Harrison, Head of Student Futures, said “It is great to have these exclusive work experience opportunities to offer our students as part of the Team GB partnership. Our team provides a wealth of expertise and experience which has meant we have been able to put forward high quality candidates for this work experience opportunity and now that Alec has been selected, we are able to support all of the applicants as they look for other opportunities. We are looking forward to working with Team GB on more roles like this, which are of huge benefit to our students and are also excited to see Alec’s development over the course of this project”.

Our award winning* Student Futures team equip our students with the tools needed to achieve their potential in the world of work and help them make and implement well-informed decisions about their careers and professional development. Students can contact the Student Futures team for career advice here.



*(AGCAS 2018)

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