University of Winchester celebrates student employability initiative awards ceremony

7 Nov 2016
Three people at award presentation smiling

The University of Winchester joins local companies and organisations in Hampshire at an awards ceremony to celebrate the investment by business, schools and other partners in projects that help prepare young people aged 11 to 18 for work. 

The Skillstree Awards 2016 took place on Tuesday 1 November at the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke. The Awards showcase the talent of individuals and institutions who volunteer or work to support young people's preparation for adult life and work through the Skillstree initiative, a local partnership between the education charity The Consortium and businesses.
The University, a long-term partner in Skillstree, sponsored the Business Ambassador Award. Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships at the University of Winchester, presented the Award to winner Marcia Burnett, Sentinel Housing Association, for her contribution to the Dove House School Academy.
"Skillstree is a great example of what can be achieved through partnership activity to help young people gain the essential skills, motivation and confidence that will help them launch and build successful careers in the future" said Stella McKnight. "The University of Winchester is delighted to support this very worthwhile initiative."
Since its launch in 2011, Skillstree has supported nearly 4,000 local young people. As a sponsor, the University offers support to Skillstree by providing practical employability workshops, challenges, talks, conferences and visits.
Support includes the popular annual Step into Journalism event which has run since 2012. This provides around 40 workshop places for students to spend the day at the King Alfred Campus in Winchester exploring the possibilities of a career in journalism, using the radio studios. Each year, University staff also take part in the Skillstree post-16 enterprise conference.

The photograph below shows (left to right): Allen Sinclair, BBC South Today presenter and compère for the evening, Award-winner Marcia Burnett and Stella McKnight of the University of Winchester.

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