This Friday is the 6th annual National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards). The Awards are organised by Cardiff Award sponsors, RMP Enterprise and the prestigious event is sponsored by PwC, as well as supported by like-minded thought leaders, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). The NUE Awards are also run in association with The Guardian in order to raise awareness of the importance of undergraduate employability within the industry.
The Awards showcase the outstanding achievements of organisations, universities and students in undergraduate work experience. The Awards reflect the increasing pool of undergraduate work experience schemes in the market which are on offer for first and second year students across a variety of industries; including placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights.
As RMP are Award sponsors, I get to take 1 lucky Award student to this event. It is a big deal in the graduate recruitment world and subsequently attracts a large number of graduate recruiters This year’s lucky winner Sophie Timbers will have the opportunity to talk to them and gain useful contacts that will aid her future career, as well as honing her networking skills.
This year is even more special as Cardiff Award mentor, past Award student and final year Social Scientist Clare Tomkins has been shortlisted for an award – an AMAZING achievement! I nominated Clare as I was informed of the impact she had on the organisation where she undertook her placement year. Clare worked in HR for Award sponsors Champions Life Academy and became indispensable! Improving administrative systems, generating income and developing a social media strategy that impacted positively on the business. I am so proud of Clare and am delighted to be able to be with her this Friday, and hopefully see her collect the winning trophy and cash prize! Clare is in the category: Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-Sized Employer. This Award recognises the student who has exceeded expectations and genuinely made a significant impact to the small business as a whole.
Clare Tomkins – Champions Life Academy
George Maier – Renewal Trust
Jaesik Choi – Ecube Labs
Laura Sinclair – Caulder Moore
Mihaela Gruia – FleishmanHillard
I look forward to posting about the event next week, look out for our tweets on the day (we’ll be using #NUEAwards and maybe #GoClare!)
Thanks for reading!Kathryn Foot