It’s happy first birthday to the University of Bolton’s Bolton Award as students and staff celebrate success.
Engagement in the project, which aims to support skills students need to be career-ready on graduation, has already surpassed all expectations.
As part of the celebrations on Wednesday (24 February 2016) Assistant Vice Chancellor Bill Webster presented student, Marina Stipic, with her certificate (pictured below). She has just completed the Bolton Award.
There are currently 399 students actively engaged in the programme and already 12 have graduated from the project which launched last February. The 2016 awards ceremony will be held in April when many more will receive their awards.
The initiative is run by the University’s Careers Service with the full support of Bolton Students’ Union and the University’s Student Experience and Business Development teams.
Working the project is Rebecca Shivji, Bolton Award Project Officer. She said: ‘Within a 12 month timeframe, students have embraced this opportunity for personal and professional development wholeheartedly.
‘Seeing the impact the award has had is tremendously fulfilling and it’s great to have such solid support from colleagues across the University, from the students’ union to the award champions and lecturers – there are a lot of people who have worked together to contribute to our success.’
Said Head of Careers and Employability, Julie Bateman: ‘When we launched the Bolton Award, we were aiming for 50 students to engage in its first year. Our expectations have been completely surpassed and the appetite our students have for it is a credit to their focus on preparing for graduation and approaching employers. Our goal is to give our students strong confidence in knowing they have the right skills to showcase their talent to employers.’
The Bolton Award requires students to take part in a minimum of 35 hours of employability activities including careers advice, work experience, skills workshops, and enrichment activities. Then they must articulate their knowledge, skills, and experience, by writing a reflective statement, submitting their CV, and attending a mock interview.
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