A Guide for Tutors
The Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award (WEEA) is an award which gives students and graduates recognition for work experience and career management activities. It can be completed through career related modules or as an extra-curricular activity.
Rationale for the award
The university’s Enterprise and Employability Strategy tasks Faculties to integrate the WEEA into relevant modules:
The Careers and Enterprise Department have been working to make this integration as flexible as possible whilst providing structured activities and resources which can be fitted into pre-existing modules. Resources are available at www.wlv.ac.uk/weea
To date the WEEA has benefited many students by supporting them to gain a better understanding of the workplace that they will enter upon graduating, to build plans to tackle the transition between studying and work and to build the work experience and skills required to prove to employers that they are employable.
Preparing students for their career after university is likely to have a positive impact upon the destinations of our graduates, measured by the Destinations of Leavers to Higher Education (DLHE) survey, and the perception students have of the careers support available to them, measured by the National Student Survey (NSS).
Delivery of the award
The WEEA is delivered by two methods:
- As an extra-curricular activity which students/ graduates complete directly through the Careers and Enterprise Department.
- Through careers related, credit bearing modules which has the award embedded into them.
Structure of the award
The award is offered at three different levels: bronze, silver and gold.
- Bronze – To achieve this, students must complete an online quiz which tests their understanding of employability and enterprise. It also prepares them for the tasks they will need to complete at silver and gold level. A summary of the bronze award is below.
- Silver – To achieve this, students must complete 3 out of 6 tasks. These are summarized below.
- Gold – To achieve this, students must complete 6 out of 6 tasks. These are summarized below.
Activities in the Bronze Award are good preparation activities for the tasks in the Silver and Gold Award.
Summary of bronze award
- LO1) Engage with the WEEA quiz
- LO2) Identify the important elements in demonstrating your employability
- LO3) Examine the different methods used to show your employability
- LO4) Apply your knowledge to complete the tasks for the WEEA
Students complete 6 short activities via an online platform. These comprise of:
- A questionnaire about the world of work which tests their knowledge of business etiquette ad employment rights. This prepares them for entering the workplace.
- A an activity where they categorise skills, enabling them to develop their understanding of how common employability skills can be broken down and articulated.
- A body language quiz which develops their understanding of non verbal cues so that they come across positively when meeting employers for the first time.
- An activity where they review two CVs. This prepares them to write well structured, targeted and accurate documents (eg CV and applications forms) which articulate their employability effectively in writing.
- A presentation activity where they watch two presentations and identify how these can be improved. This prepares them to effectively articulate their employability verbally when interacting with employers face to face.
- An activity where they answer questions about what makes a good careers action plan.
Timing and assessment
The Bronze Award uses a Moodle based system which allows all activities to be automatically marked. Students need to achieve an 80% pass mark in all elements to achieve the Bronze award and can complete as many times as necessary until they pass.
Summary of silver and gold award tasks
The following describes each task, what the task assesses and activities we accept. If you wish to count an alternative activity towards a task this may be possible: please speak to your allocated faculty Careers Adviser (see below).
This assesses time spent in a professional work environment.
We accept the following activities as work experience:
- Part-time work
- Casual work
- Summer work (UK or abroad)
- Placement (module related or not)
- Volunteering (module related or not)
- Self-employment or freelance work
- Live briefs (module related or not)
Please see our page on the work experience task for more details.
Work related study
This assesses research skills, commercial awareness and occupational knowledge. The learning outcomes are:
- LO1) Identify an area of interest, relating to your career
- LO2) Research this area of interest using relevant resources and selecting key information
- LO3) Produce a written or verbal account of your research
We accept the following activities for the work related study:
- Study of a job
- Study of an organisation
- Study of a sector
- Business development plan
- Journal of activities and reflections during work experience
This assesses an ability to set long term and short term goals and to formulate a realistic plan which takes into account potential barriers. The learning outcomes are:
- LO1) State current and ideal career situation
- LO2) Identify specific, measurable steps towards your ideal career situation
- LO3) Create career action plan
The careers action plan should specify the student’s career goal, evaluates this via a SWOT analysis and state the practical steps that they will take to achieve their goal.
We accept the careers action plan in a variety of formats:
- A written report
- Diagrams (eg mind maps and timelines)
Please see our page on the action plan task for more details.
This assesses a written or verbal ability to provide evidence of skills. The learning outcomes are:
- LO1) Identify 3 employability and enterprise skills that you have acquired
- LO2) Demonstrate these skills with specific examples
- LO3) Apply this approach in real life career situations such as interviews and applications
We accept the following activities for the skills analysis:
- A written account which demonstrates how the individual has demonstrated three skills
- Application form which includes competency based questions or a personal statement
- A mock interview which contains competency based questions
- A presentation which asks the individual to provide evidence of their skills
This assesses the ability to articulate employability in writing. The learning outcomes are:
- LO1) Recognise what makes a good written application
- LO2) Articulate your employability through a targeted, written application
- LO3) Apply your knowledge to create a professional, graduate level CV, application form or LinkedIn profile.
We accept the following activities for the written application task:
- Application form
- LinkedIn profile
This assesses oral communication skills. The learning outcomes are:
- LO1) Prepare a structured presentation which meets a given brief
- LO2) Deliver a high standard presentation, demonstrating a strong presenting style
We accept the following activities for the presentation task:
- A presentation - the topic of the presentation is flexible. We recommend ‘what makes me employable in my chosen career’
- A business pitch
If the student completes the award directly through the Careers and Enterprise Department, assessment will be undertaken in full by CED.
If the student completes the award through a module, tutors take responsibility for assessing the student's work. CED require the opportunity to countermark a selection of students’ portfolios and to advise upon improvements that could be made to the curriculum if necessary.
To discuss how you will embed the award into a module contact the relevant member of staff below: