We are the champions!

The Careers and Employability Service received a top industry award for their commitment and hard work in improving the employability of students and graduates at Kent.

The National Undergraduate Awards highlight and reward hard work and innovation in skills development, placements and graduate employment across the United Kingdom. Kent were finalists for two awards, scooping the much coveted ‘Most Improved Commitment to Employability’ award. The award ceremony was held in London with around 400 people from universities and industry celebrating the success of the finalists and winners, with the awards being presented by Green and Black’s Co-Founder, Jo Fairley.

L-R: Lara Cavill, James Corbin, Tim Reed, Wayne Campbell, Helen Johnson, Jo Fairley and representatives of SAP and ratemyplacement.

L-R: Lara Cavill, James Corbin, Tim Reed, Wayne Campbell, Helen Johnson (all from the Careers & Employability Service), Jo Fairley and representatives of SAP and ratemyplacement.

Some of the areas of innovation and best practice highlighted by Jo Fairley were the University’s Employability Week, Work-Study Scheme and the bursary scheme B-KEW.

Wayne Campbell, Director of Student Services commented

‘We are very pleased to have won this award. It recognises the hard work of the team over recent years in rising to meet the challenge of student employability. It also highlights the excellent partnership working going on throughout the University in Academic Schools and Professional Services. There is more that we can do, but this award is a clear indication that we are heading in the right direction’.

The Careers and Employability Service were also finalists for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience’ for James Corbin, Placement Development and Employability Manager, for his work in supporting students and Academic Schools in developing work placement activity.

The Service has also been shortlisted for an award with the Association of Graduate Recruiters for its overall strategy for preparing students for the world of work. The winner of this award will be announced on the 19th March.

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