Righttrack provide bespoke learning and development solutions to clients based in the UK and overseas. It wanted to explore franchising its services to attract additional overseas business, particularly in countries where the business language is not English and the concept of bespoke learning and development is relatively new.
The Company had limited resources to undertake the research needed for this project, and so decided to look into a student internship. Although initially a little apprehensive about whether a postgraduate would have sufficient practical business knowledge to carry out the work required, Righttrack was extremely impressed when they met Jwalant Batavia. Jwalant, who is currently studying for an MSc in Strategic Marketing and Consulting, was subsequently recruited to undertake the project for Righttrack.
Managing Director Kasmin Cooney commented, "The student quickly grasped what Righttrack was about and how the aims of the project fitted with our overall export strategy. During the research phase, the student had various meetings with senior managers to discuss progress. We were able to meaningfully discuss business issues relating to the project. The student always had something to add, either from his research, existing knowledge or business experience. His knowledge was far beyond his years."
In 15 days over four weeks, Jwalant mainly worked remotely, checking in by conference call at agreed times and visiting the office in-between. At the end of the project he presented a comprehensive report that will enable Righttrack to prepare a clear, five-year strategy to increase their exports beyond the Gulf region.
Kasmin reflects how, "it has helped us to clarify our thinking about implementing a franchise model. The project experience has also helped us to challenge some of the processes already in place and improve certain areas of how we deal with agents. "Working with Talent Pool at the University of Birmingham has enabled us to bring an important task forward. From a personal perspective, the whole experience has been thoroughly enjoyable; it has been enriching to work with this very bright young man. "So, if you have a project that is on the backburner due to limited resource or capacity, I would urge you to contact Talent Pool and take advantage of a valuable opportunity. It certainly is worthwhile."
Managing Director, Righttrack
“Working with Talent Pool at the University of Birmingham has enabled us to bring an important task forward. From a personal perspective, the whole experience has been thoroughly enjoyable.”
Talent Pool is an enterprise and consultancy skills programme run by Entrepreneurship and Innovation (part of Careers Network at the University of Birmingham), which actively encourages students to participate in knowledge exchange relationships with businesses. On successfully completing the programme, students have the opportunity gain membership of the highly reputed Talent Pool Group. Businesses can then tap into this talent through the commissioning of specific short-term consultancy projects and/or work placements. In July and August 2014, Redditch-based Company Righttrack recruited postgraduate student Jwalant Batavia through Talent Pool. Contact Talent Pool for more information