La Trobe Business School MBA graduate/student Gopal Agarwal was named NISPP Student of the Year at the 2019 Northern Business Achievement Awards, held in December.
The Northern Industry Student Placement Program (NISPP), managed by NORTH Link, sources placements and projects across the region for students from La Trobe University, RMIT University, Kangan Institute and Melbourne Polytechnic. In 2019, over 300 students from the four tertiary institutions participated.
The NISPP Placement Student of the Year and Placement Employer of the Year awards were sponsored by Unitemps.
Consultant for Floridia Cheese
Gopal worked as a consultant with Floridia Cheese for a semester as part of his
Experiential Learning Project (BUA5ELP) elective. His task involved investigating the viability of a new cheese variety for the Australian and export markets.
Viv Banner, Floridia’s ERP Project Manager, was enthusiastic about the results of his consultancy:
“Gopal was highly engaged and motivated from the start, taking the task well beyond the project brief. He grasped what we wanted straight away and worked hard to ensure he met all our requirements.
Personally, we found Gopal a delight to work with. He demonstrated professionalism and abilities beyond our expectations. We know he’ll have a great future in the corporate world and we’d strongly recommend him to any future employer.”
Associate Professor Geraldine Kennett, Director of La Trobe’s MBA Program, highlighted the benefits to students of undertaking a consultancy project as part of their MBA studies.
“Our ELP students apply the skills they gained throughout their MBA in a real-life business setting, identifying, negotiating and delivering an enterprise project that provides them with significant learning opportunities.
NORTH Link has been instrumental in linking our MBA students to projects that are of real benefit to local industry. Gopal has an excellent academic record and we are very pleased that his professional competence has been acknowledged in this way.”
The Northern Business Achievement Awards
The Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAAs) are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north. They recognise local business achievements and excellence, growth and competitiveness.
Read more about the Northern Business Achievement Awards and LBS’ involvement here