Careers Service recognised for new approach to skills development

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 03, 2017 02:30 PM |
We were up for best employability strategy at the 13th TARGETJobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, which also saw Leicester alumna Lukwesa Burak presenting.

Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London was host to the awards where universities from across the UK had the chance to be recognised for their achievements and successes in what is the largest talent recruitment event of its kind in Europe.

We were shortlisted for the ‘Best University Employment Strategy’ at the awards. In the past year, we have seen a wide variety of events and initiatives aimed at getting students into the employment market and were named the best University in the UK for getting students into work by the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Comedian and novelist, Julian Clary took to the stage to guest host the show alongside a pool of various other talented alumni including BBC news anchor and University of Leicester alumna Lukwesa Burak who guest presented ‘The Best Social Mobility Strategy Award’.

Lukwesa said: “Social mobility is a cause close to my heart and I was delighted to be able to help the university promote best practice in this area; it was also a proud moment to see the university where I studied be so widely commended for the support the Careers Service provides students.”

Unfortunately we lost out this time, but it was a great night for our staff and provided fantastic recognition of our broad approach to student employability for an award category which is only in its first year.

Rob Fryer, Director of the Career Development Service said: “I was delighted that the judges gave special praise to our holistic approach to skills development within the Leicester Award. As we continue to weave this into our curriculum I hope that we will be in a strong position to win the top prize next year.”

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