Award Description & Focus
(Careers Service Entries ONLY)
This Award is focused on the University Careers Service “Overall strategy for preparation for work”. It is given to Higher Education institutions for outstanding commitment to improving the employability and long-term career success of their graduates across a wide range of activities.
Organisations can submit only 1 entry under Best Preparation for Work;
EITHER “Single Initiative”, OR “Overall Strategy”.
IMPORTANT: We are NOT just looking for innovative activities, we strongly believe that good examples of implementing and sustaining best practice, “getting the basics right” can be as effective in ensuring high standards are achieved in the graduate industry.
Award Assessment Criteria
Please use these guidelines to give your entry the best chance of success.
- Vision – Is there a clear vision of what you are attempting to do? How strong are the links to the working environment? How have you ensured that your approaches are highly relevant to today’s job/career/employer demands? How will it stay relevant?
- Innovation in Preparation for Work – What is innovative about your overall approach to preparing graduates for work, which others could adopt or adapt? OR ● Best Practice – What does your best practice strategic approach look like? What were the challenges you had to overcome, to drive forward best practice in preparing graduates for work? What was special about how you overcame these challenges?
- Stakeholder engagement – Is there a clear understanding of the internal and external stakeholders involved in your strategic approach to preparing graduates for work? How did you get these stakeholders to support your work? Are stakeholders involved in delivery of the strategy? How do you ensure that stakeholders’ involvement is of high quality?
- Impact – Do you have evidence that your strategy has resulted in students 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 have benefited as a % of your total student population – and what are your plans to develop this?
Entries for this year's Development Awards are now closed!