STUDENT LIFE / MAR. 14, 2014
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The Winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards

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1. Best New Provider of Work Experience: Teach First
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Teach First is a social enterprise that aims to tackle educational inequality in England and Wales. The organisation strives to end educational inequality by working in partnership with schools, charities, businesses and individuals who want to ensure that every young person can succeed in life. First Teach runs projects to increase young people’s confidence and participation in important decisions about their future, including access to higher education. The organisation recently has been nominated as the 10th best place to work in Sunday Times’ Not-For-Profit Organisations List 2014. To take advantage of the opportunities Teach First presents, you’ll need to be someone with bright ideas, gritty determination, awesome communication skills and a desire to defy convention. You’ll combine a strong work ethic and self-discipline with warmth, empathy and humility. Last but not least, you’ll have to be extremely resilient.

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE) celebrate excellence in the world of undergraduate employability. The fifth annual event - which was sponsored by PwC and supported by AGR and AGCAS - attracted more than 400 graduate recruiters, university representatives and students.

The Employer Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of companies, large or small, across the UK in undergraduate work experience. In the current situation, it’s essential for students to gain work experience while at university as such employers who are offering fantastic schemes deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts.

The ultimate Award, the ‘Top Undergraduate Employer’, is awarded to the highest ranked employer in the Top Undergraduate Employers table, based solely on student-written reviews on

Other employer Awards include ‘Best New Provider of Work Experience’, ‘Best Diversity within Work Experience’ and ‘Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer’.

Work Experiences Schemes Lead to Better Career Prospects

Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder of RMP Enterprise said: “Work experience schemes are now firmly established as an integral part of a student’s path through university and into full-time employment. As competition is becoming fiercer than ever before, both student and employer must respond to the markets need for schemes to be expanded, from an employer perspective, and for our students to take on as many opportunities as they can”.

He then went to add that "increasingly students are entering the job market earlier, taking the leap into a successful graduate career by climbing from insight, to internship and taking as many opportunities as they can".

Check out the slideshow to get an idea of which UK employers achieved a distinguished reputation for their undergraduate employability.

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