Boost your CV and become more attractive to potential employers! Complete the Westminster Employability Award.
What is the Westminster Employability Award?
Supported by Santander Universities UK, the Westminster Employability Award is an employability achievement award supporting your career development and formally recognising the extra-curricular activities you complete during your time at the University of Westminster.
It is designed to help you gain experience and develop key skills that employers want you to have. Find out more about yourself, explore different options, gain more experience and get job-ready by completing the Award.
Why you should get involved
Nowadays, employers want much more than just graduates with a degree. They value individuals who have invested in their personal and professional development and have gained skills through various activities.
You will get recognition for the extra-curricular activities you do on and off campus and will be able to identify and evidence the skills you have developed to potential employers.
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Upon successful completion of the Award, you will:
- Receive a certificate for achieving a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award
- Add something different to your CV and stand out from the crowd
- Attend the Vice Chancellor’s Employability Awards celebration event
- Get a chance to win one of the 36 financial rewards for highest achievers from each of the 12 Schools:
- 12 x £400 for the top scorer from each School (overall)
- 12 x £100 for the top scorer from each School (1st year undergraduate students only)
- 12 x £100 for the top scorer from each School (postgraduate students only)
Please note: to be eligible for the financial rewards, you must be a fully enrolled University of Westminster student studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
How it works
The Award consists of a selection of pre-mapped core and optional activities across 4 stages. You can complete the activities in your own time and you can start at any stage, based on your current situation. If you haven’t done any career preparation so far, we recommend you start with the "Know Yourself" stage.
Core activities – these are mandatory and therefore must be completed to qualify for the Award.
Activities include: skills audit, attending events on campus, an appointment with a careers consultant, CV and interview preparation and reflective exercises
Optional activities – these are the activities that give you points and you can complete as many as you wish. You can gain 10-30 points for completing a mixture of online tasks and real-world experience.
- a personality report
- joining the mentoring scheme
- gaining experience through a part-time job
- placement, internship and insight days and completing tasks to prepare you for your next job and much more.
Complete the core activities and collect enough points from optional activities to qualify for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Employability Award. To achieve this, you need 50 points for Bronze, 100 points for Silver or 150 points for Gold.
How to sign-up
- Go to Engage and register to participate in the Award
- Start completing activities and collect points towards the Award
Any previous eligible activities will be backdated to September 2016, so if you have already attended appointments and events, you would have gained points towards the Award. Log in now to see how many points you might have already collected.
When to complete the Award
You can complete the Award during your time at the University of Westminster. There is no sign-up deadline and you have until 1 May of your graduating year to complete the Award.
Frequently asked questions
You can sign up at any time but we recommend that you register as early as possible. Please note that some of the activities have their own deadline (eg Mentoring Scheme, FANS, WWC etc).
The deadline for completing the Employability Award is the 1 May of your graduating year. For example, if you are a first year student starting your course in 2018, you will have until 1 May 2021/2022 (depending on whether your course is three or four years long) to complete it.
The award is open to all fully-enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Yes, you can complete activities during your time at the University of Westminster. Please note that you can only access the Award whilst you have your Westminster log-in details. Therefore, your time to complete the Award will be limited to the duration of your exchange programme.
You can complete the Award only once during your degree. You have until the 1 May of your graduating year to complete it.
For example, if you have achieved a Gold Award in your second year, then you won’t qualify for another Gold Award in your final year but we do encourage you to continue completing activities and develop your skills even further.
The Award consists of a selection of pre-mapped core and optional activities.
Core activities are mandatory and must be completed to qualify for the Award. For example, if you have earned 150 points (Gold Award) from optional activities but have not completed all of the core activities, you won’t be eligible for the Gold Award.
Activities include: skills audit, attending events on campus, an appointment with a careers consultant, CV and interview preparation and reflective exercises.
Optional activities are the activities that give you points and you can complete as many as you wish.
- Completing the Potential.ly Personality Indicator (‘PI’) (10 points)
- Career Assessments tests (10 points)
- Career Planner - Job Match (10 points)
- Researching your career options (10 points)
- Joining the Mentoring Scheme (up to 30 points)
- Completing a Westminster Working Cultures programme (10 points)
- Recording your experiences and extra-curricular activities (10 points)
- Becoming a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS) (10 points)
- Joining Explore Teaching (up to 30 points)
- Getting a job through the Talent Bank (10 points)
- Completing an Accredited Work Placement/ Internship (20 points)
- Completing a Non-accredited Work Placement/ Internship (20 points)
- Cover Letter writing (10 points)
- Assessment of your LinkedIn/ Portfolio (10 points)
- Psychometric tests (10 points)
- Learning more about Assessment Centres (10 points)
- Develop your Digital Skills (10 points)
You can earn points by completing the optional activities mentioned above.
All activities that are part of the Award are backdated to September 2016. Thus, if you have taken part in any of the activities that are currently part of the Award, you will automatically gain points.
Only Careers and Employability – On Campus events qualify for the events objective.
Your attendance will be updated once we receive confirmation from the event organisers. This might take up to 2-3 weeks. Please note, only Careers and Employability – On Campus events count towards the Award.
We have designed the Award to be easily completed alongside your studies. It’s flexible and it can be completed in your own time over the duration of your degree.
You can check your progress and how many points you have by accessing your workflow on Engage, under the Dashboard section.
Congratulations! You will be invited to the annual VC’s Employability Awards Celebration Event where you’ll receive a certificate of completion. You can include this on your CV or bring it at interviews to demonstrate your involvement in various extracurricular activities throughout your time at the University of Westminster. In addition, you can claim a digital badge which you can add to your LinkedIn profile or portfolio.
To be eligible for the financial rewards, you must be a fully enrolled University of Westminster student studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.