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Venture Matrix

This award-winning* scheme develops your employability and enterprise skills as part of your degree. Last year 1,600 students took part in Venture Matrix projects with over 100 external organisations.

The scheme enables you to work on real-life projects on your own or as part of a team, giving you valuable work experience in a safe and secure environment.

Opportunities are available to work with

  • external organisations and clients
  • local primary and secondary schools
  • staff or groups within the University
  • other Venture Matrix students to help with their projects

Organisations, schools and University staff can benefit from accessing specialist skills, knowledge and insight.

* National Enterprise Educator award 2010

  • Schools and colleges testimonials

    'The Venture Matrix students were a great source of support to staff and students in Silverdale School. They formed excellent relationships with our pupils, encouraging them to do well in the BiG Challenge competition. They quickly understood their needs and provided practical ideas and solutions to get the groups working together.'
    Jo Charlesworth, school enterprise champion, Silverdale School

    'The [Venture Matrix] students were well planned and resourced. They also had an excellent manner with the children, which is a difficult thing to balance. It was pitched at the right level and the children commented on how much they had learned. We hope to be part of similar projects in the future.'
    Louise Greenwood, Herringthorpe Junior School

    'The drama activity was a really worthwhile activity. It required little effort from me but provided a great result. Your [Venture Matrix] drama students created a performance that neatly fitted into, and enhanced, our curriculum. Our students loved it - it was a fun way for them to learn and it made them think.

    'I would highly recommend Venture Matrix. Everything was efficiently organised and communications were prompt and clear. They were flexible and fitted into our activity perfectly making a tremendous difference to our students' experience of their Enterprise Day. In fact, the day wouldn't have been the same without them - we will definitely work with them again.'
    Helen Robertshaw, subject leader PSHEE and citizenship, Tapton School

    'Feedback on the environment project day was positive from both students and children. Glad we could work together once again.'
    Ben Paxman, deputy head teacher, Totley School

    The Children's Health Event was a very enjoyable morning. The [Venture Matrix] students had planned a good range of activities and kept the children engaged. Everyone was very positive towards the children and the children came away very enthusiastic and eager to share their experiences.'
    Windmill Hill Primary School

  • Student testimonials

    'It was the Venture Matrix element of the work-based project module that enabled me to gain work experience with secondary school pupils, which in turn is what persuaded me to aim for a career in secondary education rather than primary education. For this I am very grateful, as without this realisation I may have chosen the wrong career path and wasted time.'
    Laura Spence, graduate

    'I found the opportunity to work outside the normal university environment incredibly valuable and it was fantastic that we were given the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking and progressive organisation.'
    Keiran Wall, sport, culture and society student

    'Interviewing Year 10 students at Meadowhead School was a really fun and enjoyable and I saw the other side of the interviewing process whilst helping to give local students experience of a job interview.'
    Jack Power, information technology management student

    'Besides learning about project management, I learnt a lot about myself as a student, a team player, an employee and a person. This practical project gave me a chance for personal growth, helped me develop confidence and various skills that I hadn't even thought about before. I'm sure this experience will be helpful for my future career'
    Terhi Ala-Keturi, psychology, sociology and politics student

    'It was an opportunity for us all to increase our skills and develop ourselves professionally. Working on this project has opened doors for me academically and professionally, and I have no doubt in my mind that the attained skills and experience I have been able to draw upon in applications and interviews had an impact on my success.'
    Adam Leach, politics student

  • Employer testimonials

    'It was a pleasure to work with such enthusiastic and talented students. They have helped take our business forward and their feedback and guidance has helped us to consolidate our brands.'
    Carl Dean, CEO, Dalen Light

    'We've now benefited from a number of projects through the Venture Matrix. Yet again we received excellent support and outcomes that will be of genuine value to our business.'
    Tom Wenham, director, Urban Challenge Ltd

    'The social media students grasped an immediate understanding of what we required and exceeded our expectations with their recommendations and final presentation. An overall excellent experience.'
    Clare Shepherd, director and co-founder, Your New Life Plan

    'It was a great experience to work with Sheffield Hallam students. They did a fantastic job researching marketing projects for our work and I would recommend other businesses, particularly charities, to work with the Venture Matrix.'
    Kerry Roughton, administrator, Sheffield Citizens Advice

    'The students understood the project brief and delivered an excellent piece of work which gave us a number of export opportunities to explore, which if successful will expand our business'
    David Paley, director, Countersales UK Ltd

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