Norfolk Network Wins 2012 AGCAS Award

YTKO Group’s Norfolk Network has beaten off strong competition to be named the Winner of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement 2012.

The Award, which focuses on employers who develop and sustain good working relationships with higher education careers services, was presented to Norfolk Network Director Lucy Marks at the National Graduate Recruitment Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on Wednesday 4th April.

The Norfolk Network was nominated by the University of East Anglia for its collaborative work to mentor students and graduates, co-deliver events and training, provide networking opportunities to students and graduates and champion the importance and value of higher-level skills to the SME business community.

Lucy and the Network’s members were also acknowledged for recognising the value of higher level skills and graduate employment across the board, through their work with Norwich University College of the Arts, City College Norwich and UEA, as well as a host of secondary schools and FE colleges in Norfolk, to raise aspirations and introduce young people to new opportunities.

The winner was voted for by careers services staff and selected from a shortlist that included Ernst & Young, Foot Anstey, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GE and Teach First.

The Norfolk Network is a dynamic business-to-business community for innovative, ambitious businesses, scientists and entrepreneurs who want to grow, or who are already growing, a successful company in Norfolk.

Bev Hurley, CEO of Norfolk Network and YTKO Group, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lucy and Norfolk Network members. The award serves as some well-deserved recognition for all the work they do to help students and support the work of not only the UEA’s careers service, but a host of other local educational establishments.”

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