Award evening for students breaking into the world of work
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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, presents successful students with their Leicester Award.
More than 500 University of Leicester students have celebrated achieving an employability award.
Students who have completed the Leicester Award for Employability Skills were presented with certificates by Professor Sir Robert Burgess, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, at an evening of celebration.
The award is given to students who have taken one of several employability programmes offered by the University’s Careers Service during the course of their degree programmes.
The programmes typically last for one academic year, and aim to help students develop the employability skills they will need to work towards their chosen career.
Programmes include Student Leadership, Tomorrow’s Managers, Tomorrow’s Teachers, The Volunteering Award, Working In A Social Enterprise and the latest addition, Industry Awareness.
During the evening, presentations were given by Professor Sir Robert; Stuart Johnson, Deputy Director of Careers; and Zara Hooley, Leicester Award Co-ordinator in the Careers Office.
Professor Sir Robert said: “The Leicester Award gives students a head start in their careers. It can be added to other major achievements that are all included in their new Higher Education Achievement Report, which provides them with a comprehensive record of all the achievements they have made during their student career.”
Bob Athwal, Head of the Careers Service, said: “The Leicester Award is an excellent way for students to build and articulate extra skills they’ve gained alongside their academic achievements. This gives them an extra dimension and makes them the stand out choice for employers in the future.”
Award recipient Katy Williams, a third year English and History undergraduate, said: “The skills I’ve developed on the Leicester Award are invaluable. I’ve grown in confidence and feel better equipped to talk to employers about my skills.”
Bryn Davis, a third year English student, said: “It’s the kind of award where you get out what you put in. I’ve learnt to reflect on my experiences and make the most of all my extracurricular activities.”
The Careers Service aims to make 2012 to 2013 an even bigger year for the award, with 1,000 student places on offer.