Top award for work at Airbus

Greenisland student Carolynne Wilson (right) celebrates her success with Professor Gillian Armstrong, Ulster University Business School.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Greenisland student Carolynne Wilson (right) celebrates her success with Professor Gillian Armstrong, Ulster University Business School. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A former Belfast High pupil has scooped one of six coveted awards from the Ulster University Business School for her work at Airbus.

Carolynne Wilson, from Greenisland, won an Excellent in Placement Award.

Carolynne is a final year student in business studies.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate student achievement during the placement year in terms of adding value to the host organisation and in turn recognising the support of the employer in the process.

During a one-year placement at Airbus, Carolynne focussed on a CSR project called Reading Buddies and Number Partners which involved employees volunteering to help local school children develop better numeracy and reading skills.

Carolynne’s task was to review the scheme from both the schools and employee perspective with a view to removing banners to participation and increasing the numbers involved.

The initiatives she introduced more than doubled the number of employees volunteering and feedback from schools was extremely positive.

Congratulating Carolynn, Professor Gillian Armstrong, University Business School said: “Carolynne is an excellent example of the calibre of the over 400 undergraduate students the Ulster University Business School place annually in local, national and international companies.

“Carolynne is to be congratulated for maximising her time and experience at Airbus to not only enhance her own skills, but also for adding value to the company’s CSR activities.”

Praising Carolynne’s contribution, Catherine Rushforth, Airbus, said, “Carolynne identified barriers to participation and made very sensible and pragmatic ideas for improvements which were very competently implemented. The results speak volumes.”