Local companies are teaming up with the University of Leicester Students' Union to launch an innovative new Employer Award Scheme which will benefit students and businesses.
It will build on the pioneering work of the Student Employment Centre in the Students' Union which was one of the first to provide a free recruitment advertising service for companies who are looking to employ either skilled or unskilled part time staff.
The Award Scheme will judge employers on the opportunities they offer based on an understanding of present and future student needs. The judging panel, which includes representatives from Everards Brewery, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce and the Leicester Mercury, will also assess the duties students are given, the induction procedures and the overall benefits gained by both parties.
Veronica Lees, manager of the Student Employment Centre, said: "This scheme will acknowledge companies who recognise the many advantages of employing students and reward those who provide a meaningful job which will enhance the individual's transferable skills."
"The Centre aims to provide our students with a wide range of employment opportunities which reflect their practical work based skills. The Employer Award Scheme provides us with an ideal opportunity to raise our profile and develop stronger links with local businesses to achieve this goal."
Richard Everard, Chairman of Everards Brewery Ltd., who are acting as sponsors for the awards, said: "As a major local employer for over 150 years, Everards Brewery Ltd. welcomes the opportunity to support the activities of the University of Leicester Student Employment Centre. We are particularly pleased to act as the sponsor for their inaugural Employer Award Scheme during the year 2000. We hope that this will play a significant part, helping to raise awareness of the very worthwhile activities of the SEC, for both employers and students."
The closing date for nominations is on the May 8, for more information on the scheme please contact Gemma Smith at the University of Leicester's Student Employment Centre on 0116 223 1151.
You can film/photograph a student divot-treading at 11am at Leicester Racecourse in Oadby on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16. Please report to the Owners' & Trainers' entrance, opposite the main members' car park. Please note that this is race day so there will be plenty of atmosphere and divots to tread!
As passes are needed for press attending PLEASE inform Gemma Smith on 0116 223 1151 as to who will be attending - certainly no later than 10am on Feb 16.
Thereafter, if you wish, you can film/photograph the student on campus at the Student Employment Centre or elsewhere.
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