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4th October 2016, 12:35pm
National award win for innovative employability initiative
Careers award An innovative volunteering project which sets students on the path to potential careers with the police force has been recognised at the national Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services’ Awards for Excellence.

The Lincolnshire Police Lincoln Award initiative, which offers students the opportunity to engage with and gain an insight into policing, won the 2016 AGCAS Award for Excellence in Employer Engagement.

Led by the University of Lincoln’s Careers & Employability team, in partnership with Lincolnshire Police, the initiative is an extension of the University’s Lincoln Award, a scheme which helps students to gain and improve their employability skills.

By integrating sector specific training and development, the Lincolnshire Police Lincoln Award offers its student volunteers unprecedented access and bespoke training with Lincolnshire Police, supporting them to develop skills and experience to pursue a potential future career in policing.

Mark Stow, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are proud to receive this recognition for an initiative which typifies the University’s approach to employer engagement and the employability agenda.

“We will continue to strive to offer an outstanding student experience, helping students to meet their full potential, achieve their ambitions and supporting their transition into an increasingly competitive labour market.

“My thanks must also go out to our partner on this exciting initiative, Lincolnshire Police, without their time and dedication to the project, this would not have been possible.”

Roles as Volunteer Police Community Support Officers and Drop-In Centre Volunteers were created for 14 students who embarked on the programme when it launched last November.

Shannon Loades, now a third year undergraduate studying Criminology, described her experience: “Being part of the programme gave me a greater understanding of the police force and the different roles it undertakes.”

Jackie Rowe, Volunteer Coordinator at Lincolnshire Police, said: “It is very rewarding to know that the work we have done has been recognised nationally. We are happy to support the University by offering bespoke volunteering opportunities for its students who in turn can represent the police and its services on campus.”

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