University Employment scheme holds annual celebration event

Top performing students from the University were joined by key stakeholders, local businesses and supporting organisations for the eighth Employability Points (EP) Scheme rewards event.

Hundreds of guests, including the Deputy Mayor of Medway, the Mayor of Sevenoaks and University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon, attended the special ceremony at the Royal Dockyard Church on Kent’s Medway campus on Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The EP Scheme rewards students for active engagement in activities outside their degree programme, encouraging students to stand out to prospective employers through the development of ‘soft skills’ that are valued in the competitive graduate job market.

Among the winners was Miguel Santos, School of Arts, who was the first student ever to achieve over 3000 points.

Developed by Kent Innovation and Enterprisethe University’s business and innovation gateway, the EP Scheme encourages involvement with campus events, student mentoring, organising student society events, presenting at international conferences, volunteering, part-time employment, work placements, international study, and completion of a world language module.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon

The EP Scheme allocates points for the completion of these activities, earned throughout the year. At the end of the second term, qualifying students have the opportunity to redeem their points for the chance to apply for rewards. All rewards are offered by the external business community and range from paid internships and project placements to unpaid work experience, training sessions, and mock assessment centres.