University of Leicester students scoop National Award for enhancing Employability

Posted by pt91 at Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM |
Leicester Bright Futures Society recognised for Careers Service Collaboration at the annual Bright Futures Awards Ceremony
University of Leicester students scoop National Award for enhancing Employability

From left to right: Joshua Dade, Events Manager, a representative from Thales who sponsored the award and Arthur Odoom, President.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 June 2012

Photograph from awards ceremony available from pt91@le.ac.uk

University of Leicester students have taken the initiative in helping graduates find work, working in partnership with businesses from all sectors to equip students with the skills they need to 'hit the ground running' in their careers. Now, their efforts to improve students' employability have been recognised with a National Award.

The Leicester Bright Futures Society is run by students for students, to help them enhance their CVs and land their dream job once they graduate. The University of Leicester's Careers Service has supported the group since their launch in autumn 2008, working in collaboration to support events and links with employers.

This strong working relationship has earned Leicester Bright Futures the Careers Service Collaboration Award at the annual Bright Futures 'Making the Difference' Awards Ceremony, held at Nottingham University in April.

Bright Futures Societies are run by students on campuses across the UK, in collaboration with the central Bright Futures network. The societies help students network with employers, develop their career plans, be enterprising and acquire the type of skills employers are looking for in graduates.

Arthur Odoom, President of Leicester Bright Futures, said:

“Winning the ‘Careers Service Collaboration’ Award was an amazing achievement for our society. When we started the academic year we set three main goals to reach and one of them was to ‘Build a stronger relationship with the Careers Service’. To win this award was a seal of approval of this goal being met.

"We worked very closely with the Careers Service, having regular meetings to discuss the progress of the society and how we could help each other in our goal to make students at the University of Leicester more employable. Definitely all the effort has been paid off and has been recognized with this award."

The Bright Futures 'Making the Difference' Awards are held every year to recognise the efforts and successes of student-run Bright Futures societies. Every society presents their achievements for the past year, and awards are given to societies for organising successful events, reaching out to a diverse range of students and for helping their members secure jobs.

The Careers Service Collaboration award recognises the importance of working well with the University's own careers team to provide the best possible service for students. Leicester Bright Futures scooped the prize for their ‘fantastic and consistent’ collaboration with the University of Leicester Careers Service.

Rajinder Bhuhi, Enterprise Learning Officer for the University of Leicester Careers Service, said:

“It was fantastic to see this year’s team receive recognition for all their efforts in organising events for their members to attend. Our working together is of great benefit. It's a great way for students to get involved and network with employers, as well as develop their business and commercial awareness skills to become more enterprising."

Bright Futures has student-run societies in 48 British universities, with a total membership of over 17,000 students. They work with dozens of different employers such as PWC, Network Rail, Cancer Research UK and npower.

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Notes for editors:

Find out more about Bright Futures nationwide: http://www.brightfutures.co.uk/index.php

For more information about the award, please contact Leicester Bright Futures Society President Arthur Odoom on: a.odoom@hotmail.com

Find out more about the Careers Service at www.le.ac.uk/careers

For more information about The University of Leicester Careers Service or enterprise activities contact Rajinder Bhuhi:  0116 229 7697 or email enterpriselearning@le.ac.uk

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