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RSG Awards Student 18K BPP Scholarship

RSG Awards Student &pound18K BPP Scholarship

• Recruiter, Resource Solutions Group (RSG), awards Martin Marafko, from Bristol, an &pound18,000 BPP Scholarship

•  State school students tasked with designing a ground-breaking web portal that will showcase jobs and connect businesses with students, as part of youth unemployment campaign

• RSG will take the portal to market

• RSG plans to roll the competition out across UK (currently being piloted in Bristol)

Youth unemployment initiative, The RSG Bristol Young Student of the Year Awards, concluded with Martin Marafko of Marlwood School receiving a life-changing &pound18,000 BPP scholarship.

The RSG Bristol Young Student of the Year Awards, a sixth month competition to up-skill and connect students with businesses was launched to tackle the rising rates of youth unemployment in the UK.

Now in its second year, the competition, which aims bridge the gap between employers and young people, was open to 16-19 year olds and was free to enter for all state schools, colleges and academies.

Participants were tasked with creating and presenting ideas for a ground-breaking portal, which will give students access to real apprenticeships, work experience and job opportunities in the region.

The innovative portal will also act as a platform for businesses to sift through the profiles of potential young jobs seekers and is envisaged to be the next “linkedin” for students.

Teams of between two and four, from state schools, colleges and academies across the Bristol region, presented their final ideas to a panel of high-profile business professionals earlier this month, as part of the final stage of the competition.

Martin Marafko, winner of Best Overall Student, will use the life-changing &pound18,000 BPP University College scholarship to study Business.

He commented: “I am overwhelmed to have won. I can’t quite believe it. I have really enjoyed taking part in the competition and I will miss not being part of it next year. I would encourage anyone thinking about doing it, to take part. It has helped me develop in so many ways. I enjoyed taking part in all the master classes, and particularly liked meeting the mentors and clients for the first time. It was good to be thrown into the deep end like that. I would also like to thank my mentors for their help and advice over the last six months as well as my family for being extremely supportive and encouraging. This initiative will really compliment my studies and my future in the business sector.”

Mike Beesely, CEO of RSG commented: “We are extremely proud to be leading such a brilliant campaign which has an extremely serious issue at heart. As an organisation, youth unemployment is something we feel extremely strongly about. As the head of a national recruitment organisation I see every day the significant lack of commercial awareness there is in young people. Initiatives such as this directly address this issue, and the award winners demonstrate the raw, untapped talent that is directly on our door step.”

Throughout the competition, participating students have benefited from marketing master-classes, presentation master-classes and dress to impress sessions, since it started in October 2012.

Elaine Brown, competition founder and project director commented: “We are delighted that Martin has been awarded the scholarship. He has put in an incredible amount of work. He came up with all the original ideas have been the driving force behind his team.  The quality of work produced by his team has been outstanding. He was proactive, creative and well-spoken and an excellent communicator. He is beyond his years in terms of his professional demeanour. We also want to congratulate all the other winners as well as all the participants over the past six months. Taking part in the competition alone will have set them apart from their competitors in the jobs market in the future.”


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