Special recognition has been awarded to more than 250 University of Worcester students who have under taken a host of extra-curricular work and activities.
The students all completed the Worcester Award, which encourages 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.
This year 252 students achieved the Worcester Award, the highest number to achieve the award since it began in 2010. Of those, 43 achieved Bronze, 90 Silver and 119 Gold.
The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Steve Mackay, who attended the Worcester Award ceremony, said: “The University’s Worcester Award scheme is excellent, because everybody benefits. Students contribute many hours of their time, not just for paid employment but also to volunteer in the city, enhancing the lives of residents and visitors through their efforts. The students benefit too, gaining valuable experience and skills which, all the more, employers are seeking.”
Students completed a range of activities, including delivering Chinese Mandarin classes; being a Special Constable; work experience at a museum; volunteering at a Hindu temple; setting up an Arts & Craft business; becoming the editor of a student magazine; and volunteering with St John’s ambulance.
Three students also received additional special recognition awards; Anthony Redfern was recognised for Outstanding Overall Performance, Heather Edwards for Outstanding Presentation and Christopher Jordan for Outstanding Interview. Each student received Amazon vouchers, which were funded by this year’s Worcester Award sponsors, Worcestershire Ambassadors and Sanctuary Housing.
Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students at the University, said: “We are delighted that so many students have achieved the 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.”
The University is keen to hear from local employers who would like to be involved in the Worcester Award, particularly as panel members for Gold Award interviews. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org