University of Leicester intern plans his own success

Posted by pt91 at Dec 20, 2011 12:20 PM |
Ganesh Kumar Balasubramanian becomes Master Production Scheduler with Guttridge Limited, Spalding in Lincolnshire.
University of Leicester intern plans his own success

Brendan O’Leary, Purchasing Manager at Guttridge with Ganesh Kumar Balasubramanian.

Tuesday 1st November 2011 was the first day at work in a permanent position for University of Leicester Master of Business Administration graduate Ganesh Kumar Balasubramanian. The 26 year old, who completed his MBA at Leicester, has won a position as Master Production Scheduler with Spalding-based Guttridge Limited following a three-month internship part-funded by the University’s Internship Programme.

Ganesh was selected from six candidates shortlisted by the University for interview by Guttridge, a leading manufacturer of bulk materials handling machinery. The company brief was to find a graduate capable of researching, planning and designing a new layout for the production process area allowing for a centralised materials storage point. This was part of a wider global purchasing and stores functioning review by the expanding company.

The project required Ganesh to consider the stock flow from Goods Inward, to off-loading parts, inspection, and issuing to the shop floor. He was also asked to improve the stock control process in order to eliminate waste. With a fresh pair of eyes and skills in logistics and materials, Ganesh collated the necessary data and presented his findings and recommendations to the company.

So successful was his project for Guttridge, that Ganesh’s internship was extended by a further two months to complete several smaller logistics projects, including the identification of potential parts suppliers in China and India.  Now he can look forward to applying his degree discipline, as well as his early work experience, to implementing his plans as one of the office management team.

Brendan O’Leary, Purchasing Manager at Guttridge, says he could see Ganesh’s potential as soon as the project started: “Our need to re-engineer the shop floor was a complex task so we approached the University hoping to attract a high-calibre graduate. Having gone through the interview process, it was apparent that Ganesh had the necessary skills, and by the close of the internship period he had delivered an excellent report. We now have the shop floor layout designed and the stock-handling process mapped out for us.”

Ganesh says that the internship period allowed him to apply his engineering as well as managerial learning in an open and highly supportive environment: “Although Guttridge staffs are extremely busy, they scheduled time to guide and mentor me through the project. This gave me the confidence to introduce new ideas, to test my thinking and to make recommendations I felt would work. I feel I have proved myself as a management graduate with insight into engineering process and engineering management principles; I couldn’t have done this without the University Internship Programme and the belief in me shown by Guttridge.”

Guttridge employs 90 individuals in a predominantly agricultural region of the UK and works hard to attract highly skilled engineers and fabricators. Part of its employee-building strategy is to offer 2 or 3 apprenticeships every year through local schools; the company first ventured into graduate internships in 2010 and has been very impressed by the results of their work.

Richard Mendez,  Work-related Learning Manager at the University of Leicester, who co-ordinates the external internships, said: “At Leicester, we have a history of delivering regional graduate internships and the level of demand and the feedback from employers suggests that graduate internships are a low-cost, low-risk method by which regional businesses can remain competitive - and thus help the regional economy. Ganesh’s success at Guttridge illustrates the significant contributions our talented graduates can provide to local businesses.”   

“The trade off is simple; graduates obtain valuable work experience that enhances their CV, whilst the employer obtains high calibre individuals to work on specific projects for a duration of between 3- 4 months.”

Further funding has recently been awarded to the University of Leicester by Leicester City Council and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) to continue the paid internships with 25 graduates being placed this academic year.

Graduates employed under the scheme work in a variety of fields, getting experience in fields as diverse as marketing, development and fund-raising, web development,  communications, data management and more.

Find out more about Guttridge at

· Businesses can still benefit from bursary money from the University of Leicester. SMEs in Leicestershire interested in taking on an intern should contact:


Issued by Louise Third

Integra Communications

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