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Skills Academy welcomes over 400 students

20 June 2018


Westminster’s Summer Skills Academy hosted 15 sessions over four days offering students practical work skills and knowledge.

The Skills Academy ran from 4-8 June and brought students face-to-face with industry giants like Goldman Sachs, Evolve Integral and Dwain Reid. The Skills Academy aims to help students gain invaluable information, knowledge and advice from experts in industry as well as skills development.

This year sessions covered CV writing, job interview techniques, public speaking, networking, body language, self-awareness, mindfulness, job hunting, psychometric testing and goal setting. All sessions were well-attended with some of the most popular being the CV writing session and Goldman Sachs Commercial Awareness and Interviews sessions, and Public Speaking with Evolve Integral Ltd.

2018 Skills Academy - How to Network Like A Boss
2018 Skills Academy - How to Network Like A Boss

Skills Academy is organised annually and managed by the Career Development Centre at the University of Westminster, who work closely with employers and speakers to design and create carefully thought-out practical skills and useful sessions that will help Westminster students increase their employability.

Iram Sial, the main organiser of Skills Academy and a Careers Consultant at the University, said: “I am really proud of our students’ commitment to their employability and future prospects and admire the fact that they are so eager to learn and improve their skills and knowledge. They recognise how invaluable these sessions are for their career development. Despite exams and semester two being over, students were back at University as early as 10am and that shows a real dedication and seriousness about their future career development.”

2018 Skills Academy
2018 Skills Academy

Steve Creffield of Evolve Integral Ltd commented: “This was my second year delivering at the Skills Academy and it was just as richly rewarding as the first. The intention of the academy sessions is clear - to support students in acquiring skills and awareness that will serve them in their professional lives. The venue was outstanding - spacious, light, full, really well equipped and flexible.

“What I also love is these sessions are voluntary so everyone there has been pulled there by their own curiosity and motivation. I had about 30 students in the room. We spent the first half opening ourselves up to the idea that design is a vital component in effective presenting. Then in the second half we explored the mind-body-audience triad of effective delivery. The group came with a curious and motivated mind - how can it not be a delight to host a session. I am extremely grateful for having had this opportunity.”

Sarah Blappert, a first year student on the Psychology BSc Honours course said: “I have attended many sessions at the Skills Academy and I find them really helpful in order to become more professional. I will definitely keep attending these free opportunities to improve my skills and knowledge.”

University of Westminster thanks Goldman Sachs, Teach First, Talentbe, Apptitude Digital Solutions, The Stephen Lawrence Trust,, Evolve Integral Ltd, and The Thinking Revolution for their participation and support in the Skills Academy.

Learn more about the range of employability initiatives the University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre offers to Westminster students or email [email protected] for more information.

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