University of Leicester recognised for innovative approach to preparing students for work

Posted by pt91 at Mar 16, 2016 01:25 PM |
Career Development Service receives national award for second year running

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 March 2016

The University of Leicester’s Career Development Service has been recognised with the award for ‘Preparation For Work by Higher Education - Single Initiative’ by The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) for a 48 hour work-based challenge for students.

The award follows last year’s success which recognised the service’s overall strategy.

The AGR is an employer-led organisation and the UK’s leading voice on graduate recruitment and development, and announced Leicester’s win at its annual Development Awards in London.

Selected from universities across the UK, the Career Development Service at Leicester beat off strong competition to receive the ‘Best Preparation For Work by Higher Education’ award in the ‘Single Initiative’ category.

Smart 48 is an initiative the University of Leicester has developed with the support of expert agency The Smarty Train, which provides specially selected students the opportunity to take part in a career development programme like no other. Over a period of 48 hours students are exposed to real-life work situations where they have to overcome challenges and put themselves to the test.

One student commented “The skills and experience gained have been invaluable and will benefit me greatly in the future.” Another claimed that the weekend was the “most valuable learning experience in regards of careers.”

The Smarty Train were also recognised at the AGR Development Awards, winning the Supplier Contribution Award.

Richard Wilcock, Associate Director of the Career Development Service, noted that “Our University is passionate about providing a distinctive and transformative experience that supports and empowers our students to enjoy bright futures as graduates and alumni. This prestigious award is a wonderful recognition of this commitment and something that our University can be proud of.”


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About the Award

The award went through two stages, each of which involved a different panel of employers that included organisations like Clifford Chance, FDM Group, IBM, KPMG, and Shoosmiths. The Preparation for Work by Higher Education, Single Initiative category is focussed on the impact of a single initiative that clearly shows evidence of the university careers service preparing students effectively for the world of work.

About the Association of Graduate Recruiters

Founded in 1968, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is an employer-led membership organisation, whose goal it is to ensure that its members can recruit and develop the best student talent for their needs and the needs of the UK economy. With a diverse network of over 700 members, it brings together employers, the education sector, and supplier partners to: Campaign for the better development of emerging talent employment and career skills; articulate the needs of employers who recruit and develop emerging talent; and disseminate and promote excellence and innovation in the resourcing and development of emerging talent.

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