ESF Supports Erasmus Student
30th May 2017 Paul Andrews
Northern Irish company, Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has offered its third placement in four years.
Italian business studies student, Alessio Canu, has just begun his placement with the street furniture company as part of his Masters degree in Business Administration and Corporate Consulting from the University of Sassari, Italy.
ESF has also offered three placements locally with Belfast MET and Invest NI under its graduate export programme and is involved with Young Enterprise NI. The company firmly believes in supporting young people and managing director Alan Lowry commented; “We are pleased to be involved in supporting young people from both overseas and here at home to give them the opportunity to learn first hand about our business and we are delighted to continue our support of the renowned Erasmus international student programme."
“It is very important to us to involve younger people and integrate their ideas, views and experience into future and strategic planning. We are focused on continuing to grow the business through engaging with new markets and utilising the expertise we have through our placement students and staff."
“Alessio is a great asset to the company and it gives us the chance to learn from him, especially when it comes to how best to utilise digital programmes which are part and parcel of the younger generation’s daily work and study practices."
“We export a wide range of outdoor street furniture to Italy and as part of our sustainable range, we have supplied solar powered mobile phone street chargers to Milan. We are currently exporting to over twenty two countries throughout the world, from Europe, Africa, the Middle and the Far East."
“By being able to accommodate Alessio and fellow students from here and abroad, over the past and in the future, we believe we are well placed to allow them to gain excellent real experience and contribute to the growth in export and the business as a whole.”
Through the Erasmus scheme, Alessio’s placement with ESF will give him the opportunity to learn more about the company which designs and supplies a huge selection of exterior street furniture in addition to themed products it provides for the experience attractions industry such as theme parks, zoos and family entertainment centres throughout the world.
The Erasmus exchange student programme has been running since the 1980s and provides students with the opportunity to learn new skills in areas that will complement their studying. The programme has over 4,000 students involved at any one time and the placements can range from anything from three to twelve months.