Best Preparation for Work Initiative (Higher Education)

Award Description & Focus

Careers Service Entries ONLY

This award is focused on the impact of a single initiative that clearly shows evidence of the university careers service preparing students effectively for the world of work.

Award Assessment Criteria

  • Objectives – Are there clear & measurable objectives set for the initiative?  How strong are the links to the working environment?  How have you ensured that the initiative is highly relevant to today’s job/career/employer demands?  How will it stay relevant?
  • Description of how the initiative prepares for work – What is innovative about your initiative in preparing graduates for work, which others could adopt or adapt?
  • Stakeholder engagement – Is there a clear understanding of the internal and external stakeholders involved in your initiative in preparing graduates for work? How did you get these stakeholders to support your work? Are stakeholders involved in delivering the initiative?  How do you ensure that stakeholders’ involvement is of high quality?
  • Impact – Do you have evidence that your initiative has resulted in students involved being better prepared for the world of work?  How have you measured initial impact, and what plans are in place for tracking long-term impact?  How many benefit as a % of your total student population – and what are your plans to develop this?
2014 Winner: Sheffield Hallam/The University of Sheffield (RISE Sheffield Collaboration)