Pilot Scheme Helps to Improve Graduate Employability

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A pilot scheme to improve graduate employability has been hailed a huge success after the first group of students successfully completed the Worcester Award, at the University of Worcester.

Worcester AwardThe Award recognises the activities and experiences of students, both within and outside their studies, which could contribute towards their future employability.

Students had to demonstrate their skills in a range of ways, including work experience, community or voluntary activities and being able to effectively promote their skills, attributes and experiences to others, through CVs and interviews.

Rose Watson, Employability Development Officer at the University of Worcester, said: “Employers tell us that although they value a good degree, they also want to see graduates who have undertaken work experience, and who have developed the skills and attributes to become self motivated and effective employees.”

The Worcester Award will help students to get involved in a wider range of activities which will both benefit the local society and contribute to their own employability. It has been supported by a number of employers.

Bal Kular-Taylor,Positive Action Outreach Worker at West Mercia Police, added: “West Mercia Police is very pleased to be supporting the Worcester Award. The scheme is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their employability skills and gain experience whilst working across a range of diverse community and business areas.  The professional and personal skills developed now will help graduates succeed in a highly competitive environment and offers us, as an employer, the opportunity to select graduates who are more easily able to make the transition from education into the world of work.”

Tripp Martin, from Enterprise Rentacar, added: “I don’t know of many companies who would rather have someone with the potential to do great things over Worcester Award winners who have already achieved terrific results.”