Screenshot 2013-05-09 at 09.49.11Edge Hill University has given out a plethora of awards to those that have increased the employability of students.

Fellow students, alumni and employers were those included in the awards ceremony, and they received special recognition from the university’s Careers Centre for their efforts.

Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers at the university, said: “Our students, alumni and employers make an enormous contribution to the employability agenda and these awards are to acknowledge those who have made a real impact.

“It’s about standing out from the crowd – there are so many graduates competing for jobs – yet these students show just how they are achieving their ambitions and dreams. It’s also a chance for us to thank employers and our alumni who are giving back to the University and supporting them on their educational journey.”

There was even a Volunteer of the Year award, which was handed to Nicola Carter due to her unending work with Child Reach International as Kilimanjaro Team Leader.

Child Reach International said: “[Nicola is] one of the most exceptional individuals they had had the pleasure of working with…intelligent, conscientious and creative.”

Participants of the VESL Overseas Challenge 2012 won the award for Volunteer Group of the Year. The participants, James Hallworth, Richard Booth, Lucy Haworth, Joseph Needham and Natalie Morris, have worked in Northern Thailand teaching children between the ages of 3-15 to better their lives through education.

Kayleigh Igo won the on-campus award for Employee of the Year, whose work with the Corporate Communications Team was incredibly valuable to the university.

The external award for Employee of the Year went to Christine Campbell, who worked with One Vision Housing in Bootle, and Lisa O’Riordan who worked with Home Instead in Ormskirk.

Teams that worked within the university were also recognised for the first time this year, with the Learning Services Team winning out. Its members, Emma Carter, Naomi Williams, Jasmin Hall and Jayne Shacklady, were all praised for their commitment.

RSM Tenon Chorley won the Graduate Employer award, while One Vision Housing was presented with the Student Employer of the Year award. Voluntary Organisation of the Year went to Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative and Childreach International. The Alumni Ambassador award was given to Daniel Taylor of Duncan Gibbins Solicitors.

Each student working on the Edge Hill University Employability Programme were also given special certificates in recognition of their completion of the course.