University of Leicester eBulletin

Student Employer of the Year Unveiled

June 2002
No 129

Firms Honoured For Best Student Employment Practices
guests at student employer of the year event
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess (right), the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Maggie Bodell-Stagg (left), University of Leicester students, representatives of the business winning the Student Employer of the Year award (Leicester City Football Club) and the runners-up (De Montfort Hall and Avery Associates), and Richard Everard (seated centre) at the event, which was sponsored by Everards Brewery.   

Businesses in Leicestershire that have made an exemplary effort in providing part-time employment opportunities for students while they are still studying were honoured at a special awards ceremony at the University of Leicester.

The Student Employer of the Year Award was launched by the University of Leicester Students' Union in 2000, building on the work of its Student Employment Centre. The Award Scheme judged employers on the opportunities they offer based on an understanding of present and future student needs.

The judging panel, which includes representatives from sponsors Everards Brewery as well as Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, the University and Students' Union, assessed the duties students are given, the training and induction procedures and the overall benefits gained by both parties.

The winner of this year's award, along with two runners-up, was announced at a luncheon on Wednesday 19 June and received their awards and trophies before representatives of local businesses, city organisations and students.  There was also a prize for the student who nominates the winning employer.

Chris Hulse, Student Development Officer, said: "Once again we have had a wide selection of firms and a very high standard of entry that provided a real challenge for the judges. A total of ten employers were short listed for the award.

"The short listed employers have already demonstrated that they recognize the value of students as part of their workforce, have sympathy with student commitments and timetables, and are willing to invest in the development of their student staff. By providing them with meaningful jobs these employers are helping to enhance the individual's transferable skills.

"We aim to provide our students with a wide range of employment opportunities which reflect their practical work based skills.  Almost 200 companies have advertised job opportunities for our students through the year and the Employer Award Scheme provides us with an ideal opportunity to recognize the commitment many of our employers make to their student employees."

Richard Everard, Chairman of Everards Brewery Ltd, which has sponsored the award since it was created in 2000, 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 Employer Award Scheme for the third year.  We hope that this will play a significant part in helping to raise awareness of the very worthwhile activities of the SEC, for both employers and students."

THE WINNERS:

Student Employer of the Year Winner:
Leicester City Football Club, Nominated by Laura McGowan

Second Place:
De Montfort Hall, Nominated by Lisa Taylor

Third Place:
Avery Associates, Nominated by Rima Rahman

For more information on the scheme contact Chris Hulse, Student Development Officer on 0116 223 1175

FACTFILE

        University of Leicester Student Employment Centre opened in 1995

        2000 students are registered with the Centre seeking vacation, part time and permanent work

        There are up to 200 jobs on display at any one time

        There are 500 local employers on the Centre's database

        Many organisations, like the City Council and the Job Centre, have links with the Centre

        The recruitment service is free for employers

        During term-time, students make-up over 10 per cent of the city's population - Leicester has one of the highest densities of students in the country

        There are more than 18,500 students registered at the University of Leicester

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