Wales Observatory wins an award at the Swansea Employability Academy dinner

The Observatory's contribution to Employability was recognised at the Swansea Employability Academy Award Dinner.

The Observatory's contribution to Employability was recognised at the Swansea Employability Academy Award Dinner on 5th June 2014 when it received an award in recognition of 'Outstanding Contribution to Employability'. The award was for the Observatory’s work in arranging and supporting work placements in the field of children’s rights. The award was presented by Pro Vice Chancellor Hilary Lappn-Scott and was received on behalf of the Observatory by Dr Simon Hoffman and 3rd year law student, Michaela Smeaton (Michaela took part in one of the work placement schemes organised by the Observatory in 2012/13).

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Commenting on the award Dr Hoffman said 'the Observatory recognises the importance of hands-on experience for students as an important addition to a students CV', adding that 'several colleagues in the College of Law have worked extremely hard to develop an excellent Work Experience Programme for our students and the Observatory is very pleased to have made a contribution, and to continue to do so.' 

Since it was set up in May 2012, the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People has been determined to support experiential learning and student Employability. With this in mind the Observatory has developed a number of opportunities for students to undertake volunteering and work experience with organisations working in the field of children's human rights. These opportunities include placements with the Children's Commissioner for Wales, the City and County of Swansea, and the Neath Port Talbot Child Rights Unit. Students undertaking placements supervised by the Observatory gain insights in children's rights in practice, as well as new skills. Together these enhance learning but also significantly boost student Employability.