Level 6 Law student becomes one of the first winners of the Gloucestershire Employability Gold Award

The Employability Award, organised by Future Plan team, aims to recognise and reward extra-curricular activities and skills development undertaken by students. There are three levels to the scheme, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Last week, Level 6 law student, Carris Peacey, became one of the first seven students to be awarded the highest accolade.

In order to attain the Gold Award, amongst other things, Carris had to undertake 45 hours of work experience, meet minimum requirements in regard to her LinkedIn profile, and undertake a presentation in front of a panel comprising members of the Future Plan team and local employers.

As part of the Bronze and Silver, there were also requirements for work experience, CV improvement and attendance at employability events.

Carris will be presented with a certificate of achievement at the SU Gnomies Awards ceremony during the summer.

When asked about the benefits of her participation in the Employability Gold Award, Carris emphasised the following points:

  • It is a good talking point with employers in interview as it stands out on a CV.
  • The requirement to undertake a presentation and interview was good practice, building confidence.
  • The careers advice from the Future Plan team was invaluable; they are always on hand to answer queries, whether related to the Award or career advice more generally.
  • There was individual attention from the team as a result of the chance to send in your CV for review and personalised advice.

Many other law students have started the Employability Awards working towards their Bronze and Silver. Such recognition of extra-curricular activity will be of huge benefit to graduates when demonstrating their employability in the job market.  In an area of work as highly competitive as Law, to have such an achievement on your CV will stand you apart from others; demonstrating beyond academic ability, the commitment to personal development and focus on employability skills.

The Employability Awards are recorded in the students’ Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), alongside their degree qualification.

For any current students interested in the Employability Awards, more information can be found by following this link: https://futureplan.glos.ac.uk/students/infopages/detail/6

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