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University award cements community cohesion

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Stafford based technical PR agency, Stone Junction, is celebrating after account executive Zafar Jamati, won Staffordshire University's first Unitemps Intern of the year award. The award highlights the ongoing work of Unitemps, the nationwide careers service, in bringing together graduates and local businesses for short and mid-term employment.

You can watch a video taken on the day, featuring Zafar Jamati, here or one featuring Richard Stone, managing director of Stone Junction here.

The awards recognise the hard work by students, graduates and teams working in local commercial businesses. With a rapidly growing campus network, Unitemps embodies the ethical and community approach, reflecting the aspirations and values of Staffordshire University.

Recent figures by the Office for National Statistics showed that in the three months to November 2013, UK unemployment fell by 7.1% with 167,000 more people in work.

"Unitemps have provided us with a platform on which to build a successful talent pipeline," said Richard Stone, managing director of Stone Junction. "Helping to improve the employability prospects of students and graduates provides a sustainable route to long term employment."

"The traditional route of going straight into a career from University isn't applicable anymore,” explained winning intern of the year, Zafar Jamati, account executive at Stone Junction, highlighting the benefits of the process. “Although I was well qualified, having done an MBA in international business and a bachelors in IT, the Unitemps route gave me highly varied 'real world' skills, as well as allowing me to test the water in many industry sectors before choosing one I really liked; PR."

Stone Junction is a progressive, Stafford based, PR consultancy providing technical PR services to the engineering technology, technology and B2B sectors.

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Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, whose previous experience includes PR campaigns for Arup, AIT Plc, CIENA, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SIG, SKF, Roche and WorldCom. Well over a decade in technical and technology PR has taught him that he is only just starting out. He is a very slightly geeky father of two who lives in Stafford with his long suffering wife, aforementioned children, dog and cat.

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"Stone Junction has been going from strength to strength, building up its client base and championing the achievements of technical and engineering firms, some of which are in Staffordshire."
Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council

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