Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign-up
To sign-up to the EP Scheme, you must first have undertaken an extra-curricular activity. Having done so, you can log your activity (and any others) on MyFolio. Instructions can be found here.
Why should I register for Employability Points?
Because you get rewarded and by taking part in extra-curricular activities, you will improve your employability skills!
Last year over 800 rewards were offered to students, including vouchers, work experience placements, training or even summer internships for taking part in extracurricular activities during their studies at the University of Kent!
The best part is you may already be actively involved with societies, volunteering, mentoring or part-time work, which are just some of the ways you can claim points!
Can I claim points for activities I've done before I came to University?
Unfortunately not. We need to be able to verify your activities and this cannot be done for activities completed before your University registration.
How do I prove I took part in an activity?
Don't worry, this is done by the EP team! We work closely with Kent Union, UELT, the Careers and Employability Service, the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, the Graduate School, CEWL and the individual academic Schools to validate student activity. We may also contact external organisations to validate activities.
Why are my points not showing?
All points are manually allocated by members of the EP team. During busy periods of the year, it may take a few days for your points to be approved.
Why have points automatically appeared on my profile?
If you attend a University of Kent event (e.g. Careers Fair or Study Plus Course) and you have been informed that you will receive points, the EP team will automatically upload the points for you.
I have earned over 200 points, how do I get a reward?
You can apply for EP rewards (subject to sufficient points) between late-March and early-April via an application form which will be emailed to you. More information on the rewards process can be viewed here.
Are rewards guaranteed?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will get your first choice reward; many EP rewards are oversubscribed and in turn, if you apply and are shortlisted, you will need to attend an interview in May. We strongly recommend you apply for 3-5 rewards to increase your chances of success. If you are unsuccessful, we will ensure you are offered an alternative reward.
Will I be paid for my reward? Are travel costs reimbursed?
You will be paid at least minimum wage for undertaking an internship. For project placements, you are paid a fixed amount once completing the work, but payment is based on the nature of the project, not per hour. Work experience and work shadowing placements are unpaid and the EP team does not support unpaid work experience beyond 3-weeks.
Not all EP rewards cover travel expenses and full information is outlined in the Rewards Pack.