On Friday 24th July the Spanish Chamber of Commerce hosted an informative session that was part of “The Two Weeks Programme”, an initiative jointly organised by the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Valencia University.

This is the fourth year in a row in which the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain takes part in this exciting initiative. The delegation that came to London was led by Mr. Antonio Reig, Prof. Dr. Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and coordinator of the programme.

The “Two Weeks Programme” takes place once a year and it gives 20 students from the above universities the opportunity to travel to London for a 2-week stay. During the programme the participants attend a course about recruitment processes and visit prestigious companies from different industries related to their field of studies, such as Energy, IT, Industrial Production, Technical Consultancy, Financial Engineering, Construction and Real Estate.


The participants of the “Two Weeks Programme” from the UPV

The session hosted at the Spanish Chamber provided further information about the role of the institution and the opportunities available in the UK for young graduates.

To start off, Ms. Cristina Carmona, Head of Corporate Relations and Communication welcomed the participants on behalf of our institution and spoke about the main services provided by the Chamber and the activities we organise throughout the year. Among these, she focused on The Graduate European Programme, which shares similar goals with ‘The Two Weeks Programme’. This topic proved of special interest for the students, who took the opportunity to enquire further about it.

The next speaker was Mr. Martín Carazo, a longstanding collaborator of the Two Weeks Programme and director of a company focused on the management and IT consulting services. He provided the attendees with an overview about the job market in the UK focusing on these sectors and what potential opportunities there are for recent graduates.


From left to  right: Mr. Antonio Reig, Ms. Cristina Carmona, Mr. Sean Foley, Mr. Fermín Martín, and Mr. Martín Carazo.

Finally it was the turn of Fermín Martín, Chief Financial Officer, and Sean Foley, Acquisition and Development Projects Manager both from Grupotec Renewables, one of our Patron companies. Mr. Martín and Mr. Foley explained that Grupotec is an international company that offers engineering and consulting services, while developing, building, and financing renewable energy projects around the world. Being experts in the field of energy and engineering they shared their insights on these sectors in the UK and how they are generating opportunities that can be very interesting for graduates with a technical and scientific background.

Ms. Cristina Carmona closed the informative session and received a commemorative plaque from Mr. Antonio Reig as a memory of this fourth collaboration between our institution and the participants of the “Two Weeks Programme”.

We would like to thank all the speakers of this informative session as well as the students who have taken part this year in the “Two Weeks Programme” for their interest and involvement.

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