On Monday 18 July, Yell launched Genesis, our first structured undergraduate trainee programme for multiple students. Four computer science undergrads joined Yell’s Engineering Team, while our Finance Department welcomed two accounting and economics students for 2016-2017.
The scheme kicked off with an induction day at our One Reading Central head office to welcome the new team members to Yell. The trainees joined Rachel Greenaway, Yell’s Head of Training and Development, and Talent Acquisition Consultants, Dora Denman and Syreeta Harewood for this exciting introduction to their year at Yell. The day included a company overview, digital insights, talks from senior management and team building exercises.
The Genesis programme aims to give these trainees the best experience possible over their year with Yell. The scheme allows for flexibility and the opportunity to get involved in a range of functions across the business. Trainees are encouraged to make the most of their time with Yell and to shape their placement to best suit their studies, interests and future career goals.
Rebecca Berry, an accounting student at the University of Surrey has joined our Finance Department as an Undergraduate Finance Assistant. “The day was informative, fun and a great opportunity to meet other people in the business – I’m looking forward to what the next year has in store!” she said.
Economics student Amy Ling has also joined Yell as an Undergraduate Finance Assistant. Describing the induction day, she said:
“The HR team did a fantastic job of organising a fun day packed with ice breaker activities, giving newcomers a great way to meet people whilst learning about the company. Not to mention, we had an adrenaline-filled scavenger hunt to end the day!”
It was great to see all the undergrads get involved and excited about Yell’s new trainee programme. After all the sessions, the day ended with an interactive digital challenge: a scavenger hunt around the office. This helped the trainees find out more about Yell’s business and to get to know members of the wider team. The whole group later celebrated at a local pub where the winners of the Digital Challenge were announced.
Find out more about our undergraduates and their progress throughout the year with our new monthly trainees diary series, which starts on The Yell Blog in September.
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