Careers teamEdge Hill University has been shortlisted for the ‘Best University Employability Strategy’ award at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

The winners of what is the largest early careers recruitment awards in Europe will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 28 March, after organisers have counted thousands of individual votes from undergraduates, apprentices and school-leavers.

This award celebrates the achievements being made by higher education institutions to ensure that their undergraduates are best equipped to achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment. This is the second year in a row that the University has been shortlisted in this award category.

Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers at Edge Hill University said: “To be shortlisted again is an important recognition of the work of the careers team, our colleagues across the University and everything that the institution works hard to achieve by ensuring our graduates go on to have successful and enjoyable careers.”

Enhancing student employability is central to Edge Hill University strategy. A life-long capacity to learn and adapt is key to success for individuals, employers and society as a whole. The majority of Edge Hill degree programmes lead to professional qualification, accreditation or endorsement in addition to an academic award. Placements, work experience and study abroad are widely available in all Faculties, and the University’s excellent links with employers mean that students have many opportunities to enhance their employability while they study.

Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Relations at Edge Hill University said: “Learning employability attributes and skills, taking part in mock assessment centres and getting to practice with employers and through the curriculum is a key part of the Edge Hill student experience. Getting a chance to reflect on what is learned at university enables our graduates to present themselves in a compelling way as they start their careers.

“These skills remain with them as they change roles, take on new challenges and progress in their careers. Our alumni tell us this and we’re proud that they come back to help our current students get a head start on their careers.”

Edge Hill is one of the top public universities in the country for graduate employment, with 95.5 per cent of graduates in work or further study, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.