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The Environment Agency wins AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement 2020

20 October 2020

Congratulations to The Environment Agency, nominated by Brunel University London, for winning the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers and Employability Service Engagement, part of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020. Judged by members of the AGCAS Board of Directors, the award recognises an employer who provides outstanding support for careers services’ work with students and graduates.

The Environment Agency (EA) worked closely with Brunel University London to promote themselves as a life-enhancing place to work for students from all backgrounds. They use the partnership to identify future environment champion employees through three-month structured, project-based placements, which give students a valuable insight into the workplace. The placement process is closely tied into the regular EA recruitment process, giving students the opportunity to experience the reality of applying for jobs – what it entails, what employers expect, and useful hints and tips.

The AGCAS Board of Directors were impressed with The Environment Agency’s commitment to supporting student development throughout the recruitment and selection experience, as well as the ongoing development work in partnership with Brunel University London, which has resulted in positive long-term impact for the employment outcomes of the participating students.

Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, said:

We are delighted to present the AGCAS Award for Careers and Employability Service Engagement 2020 to the Environment Agency. The partnership between the Environment Agency and Brunel University London provides students with three month project-based placements, giving a valuable insight into the workplace and the application process, plus an opportunity to apply academic knowledge and develop independent learning skills. The partnership is identifying future employees to champion the environment, and has a conversion rate of 20% from placement to post-graduation employment.