What do Employers say about the Award? What do Employers say about the Award?

"I think the Award is incredibly invaluable to students… [It] looks impeccable to have on a CV and when liaising with prospective employers (shows involvement with the local community and university). […] A couple of the UEA students who were a part of the Awards Pilot run are still with us because they’ve gained great interpersonal skills from doing this but also gain some recognition and appreciation from UEA in doing this which will help them when applying for jobs.” -
Jumara Mulcahy, City Host Supervisor, Norwich BID
“The UEA Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop skills and attributes that will help them become more employable and to make contacts that could lead to future work. The students who are volunteering for a community heritage project I'm managing - North Norfolk Stories - have learnt a range of skills and gained experience of the heritage sector.” -
Laura Crossley, North Norfolk Stories

Employers, both local and national, have been surveyed about the UEA Award, and are overwhelmingly positive about the scheme. From our initial research and analysis of employer comments, employers see the value of the award in a number of areas:

  • it shows evidence of student capabilities and strengths;
  • it demonstrates student commitment and effort;
  • it helps students communicate and articulate their skills and experiences;
  • it provides evidence of being a ‘well rounded' student.

See why some employers find the UEA Award valuable:

"This is an extremely commendable initiative. We engage with a large number of UEA students and their only means of articulating the useful benefits of that engagement is through a CV entry… An enormously positive step in the right direction." -
Employer from Skills Award Pilot Questionnaire
"This is a fresh approach. The perceived problem and criticism from employers that students are not 'work ready' is very real… The realism and measurable value of the proposed… system aligns well with many employer… selection processes." -
Employer from Skills Award Pilot Questionnaire