Meerkats help launch new Employment Scheme

Meerkats Cropped 1Students studying at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus were in for a surprise today with the arrival of two meerkats.


The animals were at the campus to celebrate the launch of the new ‘You First’ employability scheme. The Meerkats were joined by over a hundred students at the event held in Brackenhurst Campus’ Bramley reception building. The majority of those who attended the event were third year students, many of whom will be looking for jobs when they leave university in the next few months.

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The ‘You First’ programme aims to provide prospective graduates with the advice they may need to succeed in the j0b market. Through interview workshops and employment fairs the ‘You First’ team also hope to connect NTU students with potential employers.

Deborah Easter, employability manager at Brackenhurst Campus, speaks about the help available from the ‘You First’ programme.

The high turn-out at the event is sure to have pleased the organisers, with the opportunity to handle two pet meerkats clearly drawing in the crowds. Timone and Siri are both owned by Nottinghamshire animal sanctuary Oreo and Friends and have made many public appearances.

The meerkats will be back at Brackenhurst Campus for the Brack Fest fair on 15th May, an event aimed at putting final-year students in touch with companies currently serving the industry.

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