About the EP Scheme
The Employability Points (EP) Scheme rewards students for their involvement in co-curricular activities whilst studying at the University of Kent. Students can claim ‘Employability Points’ for each activity completed and towards the end of each academic year, students can redeem their points for the chance to apply for rewards.
These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and much more, offered by businesses and organisations.
In 2016-17, over 7,800 students engaged with the scheme with 803 rewards available! The EP Scheme was also nationally recognised in 2015 through being shortlisted for the second time for a Times Higher Education Award in the category, 'Outstanding Support for Students'.
Why participate in the EP Scheme?
For students, the Employability Points Scheme acts as a means to bridge the gap between education and employment. It encourages students to engage with extra-curricular activities, allowing students to develop valued ‘soft skills’ and stand out in the competitive graduate job market. Additionally, students who earn sufficient points will have the chance to apply for rewards and gain essential work experience.
For external businesses or organisations, sponsorship of the EP Scheme allows for an opportunity to work closely with the University of Kent. Through the scheme, companies gain access to highly skilled students, who can make a valuable contribution to the company, as well as meet potential corporate social responsibility agendas.