Celebration of Employability

A special event to celebrate the success of employability schemes was held at Bangor University recently.

During the event, Excellence Awards were presented to six students taking part in the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and the Undergraduate Internship scheme, both run by the University. The evening also gave students an opportunity to share their experiences and explain how these schemes will benefit them when they graduate.

The BEA is designed to help students develop skills through extra and co-curricular activities throughout their University life and help them to understand how to promote themselves to future employers.

The BEA recognises the skills that students gain through extra-curricular activities as well as provide a core programme of career management and skills development activities.

The Undergraduate Internship Scheme has been running since January 2013 with students taking part working up to 180 hours within departments at the University. The Internships are fully funded and has been a great success with over 300 students applying for just 32 internships.

BEA Manager, John Jackson, said: "The Employability Celebration event is all about congratulating students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving their employability.

“We heard six interesting and unique presentations from students about how their experiences have helped them to develop their skills set to prepare them for the world of work."

Mari Roberts, BEA Coordinator, said: “"The undergraduate internship scheme has been an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience within university departments, and to work on graduate level projects.

“We have been able to offer a wide range of internship types to suit students from all academic disciplines and we are looking forward to be able to provide even more opportunities in the next academic year."

Alexander Aldred, from Nottigham, is currently studying Business Economics at the Bangor Business School. He has taken part in the BEA and has also taken part in the Undergraduate Internship Scheme.

He said: “I decided to take part in the BEA to accumulate all my extracurricular activities into a recognised qualification. I have learned a lot my BEA Internship, which has now helped me find my passion in a new career.

“I would recommend the BEA to others, the scheme provides you with the support you need to gain skills and have experiences outside of the lecture theatre, at your own pace.”

Other students awarded on the night included Lisa Oliver and Victoria Tinker

If you would like to take part in the Bangor Employability Award email employability@bangor.ac.uk

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Publication date: 8 May 2013