We are delighted to announce that the University’s Employability Points (EP) Scheme has been selected as a finalist for the PraxisAuril and UKRI 2019 KE Awards.
The KE Awards are a new initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners, to celebrate the contribution of KE professionals in enabling and facilitating the societal and economic impact of research. We are honoured that the EP Scheme has been selected as one of three finalists in the ‘External KE Initiative of the Year’ category.
The Employability Points Scheme was developed by Kent Innovation & Enterprise in 2010 to provide businesses and our students with mutually beneficial opportunities. By enabling organisations to offer work-related experiences to students who have demonstrated their value to employers by collecting ‘points’ through extra-curricular activities, businesses gain access to the best new talent and the students gain valuable experience. The team has been working hard over the years to bring businesses and students together in this way and, with more than 50% of University of Kent students now participating and more than 150 organisations providing in excess of 800 experiences this year, the scheme has proven to be very popular. With the recent expansion to include students based in the University’s European centres in Paris and Brussels, the scheme now offers businesses even greater access to the employees of the future.
The awards, sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will be presented at the PraxisAuril conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 13 June 2019. Congratulations to the team and good luck on the night!