The annual Celebrating Student Success Event took place on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at our Paisley Campus. Each year the event is organised by the Enterprise and Employer Engagement team to showcase the employability initiatives at UWS including the Aspire Award, Employer Mentoring and the Volunteer Recognition Award. We also heard a keynote speech from Bob Davidson, a graduate from the School of Business and Enterprise and now the Programme Director, Developing the Young Workforce West.
UWS Aspire Award This award supports students Employability alongside their academic learning in preparation for future graduate employment. Students reflect upon their vocational experience, develop graduate attributes and build their CV and personal statements. Five students successfully completed the award this year including BAcc Honours student, Frazer Little. Frazer has secured a trainee accountant role after graduation with RSM, an Accountancy firm, that will support him with his professional accounting exams. We wish him all the best for the future.
Employer Mentoring The School of Business and Enterprise has the highest proportion of mentees on the employer mentoring. Since the programme began, a total of 283 students have participated, with 30 new mentors across various disciplines mentoring 63 students in 2017/18.
Holly Duthart was one of this year's mentors and she mentored two accounting students. Holly graduated in 2008 from the University of Paisley (just before the merger which created UWS) with a Bachelor of Accounting degree and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2011. She currently works with BNP Paribas as a senior fund accountant. She explained that being a mentor has helped her develop her coaching skills and she can relate to students as she remembers "being where you are and sitting exams on the Paisley campus".
A big congratulations to all our students who received awards and are working hard towards becoming Career Ready. Also a big thanks to all the mentors who have given their time and changed our students' lives for the better. And finally a huge thanks to all the staff at Careers and Skills who have made it all possible!