9/23/2009 11:53:00 AM
Orange to launch range of graduate products
Orange is set to launch three new products developed by graduates, as part of the company’s own ‘Dragons’ Den’ challenge.
Orange VP of people Linda Kennedy said the graduates, who are part of the operator’s fast track scheme, were encouraged to think like entrepreneurs. Their ideas are judged by a panel of senior Orange executives.
Kennedy added: ‘We do something like our own Dragons’ Den. It’s very challenging. We get new ideas from this and we are taking two or three products developed by the graduates to market.’
The products will be kept under wraps until their launch.
Orange is also the partner of the National Enterprise Academy (NEA), the
brainchild of Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
The Government-backed scheme aims to enrol 18,000 students in the first five years, and is designed to develop student’s entrepreneurial skills.
The operator will offer four permanent posts to NEA graduates and three
NEA scholarships to Barnardo’s.
Orange CEO Tom Alexander said: ‘We work in one of the fastest paced industries in the world and it is therefore essential that we hire young people with the skills, ability and drive to become the future leaders of our business. The NEA is a superb way to do just that.’