The University of Westminster Skills Academy returned on 4 and 5 June, spreading across six workshops that took place in Marylebone campus.

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The two-day series of workshops aimed at giving students practical skills on how to self-promote and network, providing attendees with skills to achieve their goals and progress professionally.

The Skills Academy’s purpose is to help students gain invaluable information, knowledge and advice from experts in the industry as well as skills development. This year, sessions focused on leadership, communication, public speaking and offered practical advice networking, both face-to-face and online.  

The event was organised and managed by the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Westminster, working closely with employers and speakers to design and create carefully thought-out practical skills and useful sessions that will help students increase their employability.

All sessions were well-attended and included a wide range of diverse workshops offering advice on ‘How to get networking right every time’, delivered by coach, motivational speaker and renowned entrepreneur Dwain Reid; ‘Communication and Body Language’, presented by Nuala OSullivan, Occupational Psychologist and Senior School Employability Tutor at Westminster Business School, as well as ‘Leadership Skills’, led by Teach First, a charity working to transform education with great teachers and leaders.

This year, students had the opportunity to remotely follow some of the workshops through livestreaming using Panopto and Facebook Live. 

A participant, who joined one of the six workshops entitled ‘How to make your talents visible and succeed in interviews’, shared his positive feedback and said: “This was definitely the most useful and helpful workshop I've been to through the University. It was very helpful and made a big impact.”

Another student said the session was “very interesting and informative, full of useful information that I can now use for my job hunting. The activities were a great eye-opener and a great chance to reflect and see oneself and others from a different perspective.”

Participants particularly commended the delivery of the workshop by presenter Steve Creffield, Director & Lead Facilitator at Evolve Integral Ltd. 

Leo Skoutas, the organiser of this year’s Skills Academy and Recruiter Engagement Officer, said: “It was great to be able to deliver once again a focused event that helps our students and graduates transition into employment and achieve their personal goals. Participants were engaged and enthusiastic and this has been rewarding for us to know that we have helped them with their progression.”

The University of Westminster acknowledges the participation of Teach First, Evolve Integral Ltd, Dwainreid.com, the Civil Service Fast Stream team and The Golden Network (TGN) in the Skills Academy.

Learn more about the range of employability initiatives the University of Westminster’s Careers and Employability Service offers to Westminster students or email [email protected] for more information. 

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