Best Preparation for Work Strategy (Higher Education)

Entries for the AGR Development Awards 2017 have now closed

Award Description & Focus

Careers Service entries ONLY

This award is focused on a University Careers Service’s “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.


Award Assessment Criteria:

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?

Description of how your approaches preparation graduates for work – What is innovative about your overall approach to preparing graduates for work, which others could adopt or adapt? What challenges have you had to overcome 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?



With each award, we are keen to see how far you have progressed. Show us how you have measured your success. This could be compared to how your organisation performed six months ago, for example, or how you measure up compared to your competitors.


Word Count covering the 4 headings above must not exceed 1200 words

Entries that exceed the maximum word count, or arrive after the deadline date WILL NOT be considered.

Deadline for final submission is: Wednesday 7th December at 5pm.

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