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Top employability accolade for the Owls

2 June 2014

The Owls’ have scooped a top award thanks to providing excellent employability opportunities to a Computer Forensics and Security Technology Sheffield Hallam University student.

The award, the ‘Student Employer of the Year’, was handed to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club by Sheffield Hallam for providing one of their students a part-time internship over the duration of their time at the University.

Through its ongoing partnership, Sheffield Wednesday work closely with Sheffield Hallam to provide students with work placements and opportunities throughout the club itself and its extensive community programme that operates in South Yorkshire. 

Josh Wright, aged 22, started work in the Information Technology department at the Championship club as a six month student intern, originally to gain workplace experience, but was kept on as a paid employee.

Thanks to his experience gained at Sheffield Wednesday, Josh went onto complete an eighteen month placement at Fulham Football Club as part of his four year course. 

Josh, who is originally from Worksop, said: “Working at Sheffield Wednesday has meant that I have been able to apply the theory I’ve learnt at University to real life work and be able to find an industry that I want to work in.”

After gaining experience from both the Sheffield and London club, the Sheffield student has landed a position at Fulham Football Club as an IT Support Analyst and will start in June 2014.

Josh added: “The club, and in particular the Head of Information Technology, Richard Ford, have supported me throughout my internship and have taught me invaluable skills that I can now take on to my role at Fulham.

“I’m so grateful to Sheffield Wednesday and have had a valuable three years working here. It’s great that the club have been recognised for what they’ve done for me.”

Richard, who managed Josh over the three years at Sheffield Wednesday, said: “Since his time working in the department, Josh’s work ethic and confidence has grown considerably. Not only has he grown into a true professional but he has also improved to become technically brilliant. Myself and everyone at the club wish him all the best for his new position at Fulham.

“It’s great to be honoured from the University and we are delighted that our employability opportunities have been recognised.” 

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