Issue date: 15 March 2017
A careers service run by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) which encourages post-16 students from disadvantaged areas to consider higher education has won a national award.
The Pre-Higher Education Careers Team, which offers impartial advice to teenagers across the West of England region, triumphed over rivals from across the UK to land the coveted Career Development Institute prize.
Working with schools and colleges, the team challenges ingrained perceptions of higher education while focussing on raising aspirations through interactive sessions and one-to-one careers guidance appointments. It also offers training for teachers and advisers in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire with an update on higher education choices and provision, as well as graduate destinations.
Competition from finalists from Greater Manchester and London was overcome by the UWE Bristol team to secure the award in the Higher Education Widening Participation Pre-Entry Guidance category of the UK Career Development Awards at a ceremony in Leeds.
The awards, run by the single professional body for the sector, showcase the very best UK-wide practice in career development. In all, 50 entries were received across all categories.
Andrew Carter, Head of Recruitment and Outreach at UWE Bristol, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Pre-HE Education Careers Team at UWE Bristol and reflects its commitment and dedication to providing impartial careers guidance to post-16 students across the region.
“We know through feedback from school and college staff and students how highly valued the team's skills and expertise are, and I am so pleased this has now been recognised by the Career Development Institute.”
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