The Worcester Award is an employability award run by the Careers & Employability team at the University of Worcester. It allows students to record extra activities they have engaged in during their time at the University and encourages them to reflect upon how these activities can help to improve their future employability. There are three sections to the Worcester Award: work experience; personal development activities (e.g. volunteering; societies); employability activities. Students can aim for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Worcester Award, with each grade reflecting a different level of commitment.
Over 250 students from a cohort of approximately 10,000 have completed the Worcester Award this year. Over 40 lecturers and 20 local employers have given up their time to be part of Gold Award interview panels. Their valuable advice will help students to prepare for future job situations and continue to stand out from the crowd.
Nicky Hawkins, Executive Director at Clearview, has been on Worcester Gold Award interview panels for two years running. She said:
"By completing the Worcester Award, students can show prospective employers that they have relevant skills gained through extra activities that they have chosen to complete in addition to their degree studies. We have employed two University of Worcester students and recently offered an undergraduate placement for a year to another student."