Career Development Service win NUE Award

Posted by ep256 at Mar 02, 2018 03:35 PM |
Best Collaboration between University and employer

The Career Development Service has won the ‘Best Collaboration between University and employer’ award in partnership with FDM group at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE.) This award celebrates the most effective and influential collaborations developed between a university and employer to offer students additional employability skills and opportunities.

FDM Group is an international IT services provider, offering opportunities globally. FDM is listed as one of Europe’s 500 fastest growing companies, with an outstanding track record spanning 25 years.

FDM worked alongside the University of Leicester to better understand the student population, and offer activities to engage students at each stage of their career development journey.

Each student, as part of their first year complete the Leicester Award, a personal development programme.  FDM did extensive work with first year students to assist them in understanding their motivations, strengths, personal values and interests. Upon completing the Leicester Award students are then eligible for the Leicester Award Gold, which is a professional skill development programme designed to prepare students for life after graduation. FDM worked alongside the University to develop a bespoke employability programme designed to help students develop a range of soft skills, such as teamwork, project management and research.  Completion of the award also allowed students the opportunity to secure employment with FDM, with 26% of those participating in the programme being offered a position at FDM.

As part of their submission, the careers service had to provide information on how the collaboration has been successful:

  • The collaboration with FDM has greatly improved student employability skills, as seen by a 367% increase in University of Leicester students starting at FDM this year compared to 2015. To achieve this, FDM worked with a dedicated account manager from our employer engagement team, to analyse recruitment data that FDM produced around students and graduate at the University of Leicester.  This data enabled us to pin point areas where students were failing in the graduate recruitment process, and strategically develop our employability programme to tackle those barriers to success.
  • In the follow up with graduates who completed the FDM employability programme, the data shows that 85% of the BAME students and 85% of white students who took part are now in employment 4 months after graduation. This implies that the programme bucked the trend of BAME students having worse progression outcomes versus their peers.
  • In addition, this year 26% of applications to FDM from the University of Leicester were from females, which is higher than the UK average of 22.3%.  This shows that the collaboration between FDM and the University has had a positive impact on increasing women into STEM.

Paul Phillips, Employer Engagement Manager says that the award ‘highlights a true working relationship between a university and employer that is built on hard work, determination and trust.’

Have a look at the work that the Career Development service do, and find out more information about the FDM group here.

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