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Cardiff Award

The Cardiff Award offers a structured opportunity for students to improve their employability and gain official recognition for their development.

Created with our industry partners, the Cardiff Award offers opportunities to practice key recruitment techniques and network with graduate employers.

Applying for the Award

The Cardiff Award is open to first, second and penultimate year students.

To apply for the programme, please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter to CardiffAward@cardiff.ac.uk detailing why you want to be accepted onto the award and what you hope to gain from completing the programme by 15 February 2017 at the latest.

Spaces are limited and we encourage applications as soon as possible.

Once accepted onto the Award, students will be sent details of the induction workshops.

Completing the Award

Students who are accepted onto the programme will complete the following activities:

  1. Attend an induction session.
  2. Complete 70 hours of extra-curricular experience.
  3. Attend and participate in five employability workshops.
  4. Complete one further recruitment experience, chosen from a range of activities including attending a mock assessment centre, recording a video interview or delivering a presentation.
  5. Submit a targeted CV and covering letter, application form and reflective log.

If you have any further questions about the programme or applying, provide your details in this survey here https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/find-out-more-about-the-cardiff-award and we'll respond to your email as soon as possible.

Cardiff Award students will also have exclusive access to:

  • networking events with graduate employers
  • exclusive work and internship placements
  • use of the Cardiff Award logo which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile
  • recommendations/endorsements of relevant skills and experiences on LinkedIn
  • the opportunity to get involved as alumni of the Award through mentoring, speaking/networking at events.

“As a student of Cardiff University you will develop many marketable, work related skills and attributes through pursuing your degree scheme and the many extra-curricular opportunities offered by the University and Students' Union. In a challenging time for graduate recruitment the Cardiff Award will help you achieve your potential, increase your self awareness, and communicate effectively your strengths to employers. I recommend the Cardiff Award to all our students.” Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan


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