14 February 2014 - This story is in archive

A local final year student studying event management at the University of Hertfordshire has won an Apprentice style competition to secure a graduate job.

The tasks

Elena Clowes, 21, was one of fifteen finalists in ESP Recruitment's national Eventice competition, where final year students from across the country compete to win up to two jobs in the events industry. The final, which took place over three days in London, was judged by a group of industry professionals and involved several tasks to test finalists' abilities to multi task, organise, lead, project manage, negotiate, network and present. These included blending and branding contestant's own wine and a buying task with a time limit.

On the last day, finalists were interviewed by each employer and presented two pre-prepared individual presentations to a panel. Elena was then announced as one of the winners – praised for how personable she is and her passion for the industry – and offered a position as an events coordinator at global event and experience marketing agency George P Johnson in Kingston. Clients include Blackberry, Coca-Cola, MINI, Olympics, P&G and Swarovski.

A surreal moment

On winning, Elena said: "It feels very surreal at the moment, but also very exciting! Out of 60 initial candidates they chose me to work in their company which is a great achievement. I can't wait to get started."

Celeste Jones, Head of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management at the Hertfordshire Business School, said: "We are all extremely proud of Elena. She has been an excellent student and a pleasure to teach and applied herself fully throughout her degree. We knew Elena had a bright future ahead of her and we are delighted that George P Johnson has also recognised her potential. We wish her all the best of luck in her new job."

More information

The Eventice began in 2011 and was successfully launched in Dubai in 2013. Since its launch, twelve students have been placed in graduate roles over the past three years and this is a direct result of them taking part in the Eventice. Past companies include leading industry professionals Blitz Communications, Excel London and Tarsus Exhibitions.

For more information about the competition, please visit www.esprecruitment.co.uk/the-eventice.cms.asp.