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Students Boost their Employability with Worcester Award

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Special recognition has been awarded to 250 University of Worcester students who have under taken a host of extra-curricular work and activities.

The students all completed the Worcester Award, with 70 of them completing the advanced Worcester Award+, both of which encourage students to participate in a range of activities to help boost their employability.

The Award is run by the University’s Careers & Employability team and is supported by a number of local employers.

Rose Watson, Careers and Employability Service Manager said: “We are delighted that so many students have achieved the Worcester Award and Worcester Award + this year. We are so proud of all those students who have managed to achieve great things during their time here at the University of Worcester. The range of additional and voluntary activities will greatly enhance their future employability as it gives firm evidence of their motivation, as well as the skills and experiences they will be expected to demonstrate in future job applications and interviews.”

Miles Chambers, Operations Manager at PQA Academy, added: “The Worcester Award seems to be an excellent addition to the student learning programme helping them to prepare for the work environment and providing the local community with enthusiastic volunteers.”

Students completed activities including translation work in Brazil for the GB Wheelchair Basketball Association; school teaching placements; a range of international internships, as well as local and national charity work and coaching in the community.

Four students also received additional special recognition awards. They were Elizabeth Taylor and Lauren Goater, who were awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Community’, Ellen Joyce, who was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the University’, and Claudia Calin, who was awarded ‘Outstanding Performance at the Worcester Award+ Interview.

Lauren Goater, who studies Sports Coaching & Development, said: “Since completing the Worcester Award I have got a summer job coaching in Canada from June – October. I wouldn’t have got it without the Worcester Award – they said it was the reason they chose me because I had done so many extra activities and compiled them in the Worcester Award.”

Laura Simmons, an MSc Psychology student, completed the Worcester Award last year and said: “Completing the Worcester Award was one of the most beneficial things I completed while I was at university. I know it will add value to my degree when I graduate in November and I understand that it can help you stand out among the never ending sea of graduates.”

For more information about the Worcester Award please contact worcesteraward@worc.ac.uk