Here at NUSU we understand that uni life is so much more than just your course; it’s also about being part of something, making friends, playing sports, volunteering and learning from new experiences. All our extra-curricular activities and the skills you learn from your new experiences help to make you more employable. NUSU offers you a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills and experience with an unrivalled amount of voluntary and paid opportunities. This is why we offer the ncl+ award, which is a joint project between NUSU and Newcastle University Careers Service.
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What are the ncl+ Awards?
Did you know that when you do any extra-curricular activity, you can get this accredited by the university and put on your degree transcript? You’ll also receive advice on how to use this to your best advantage when applying for jobs in the future. All extra-curricular activities and the skills you learn from your new experiences help to make you more employable.
The ncl+ Award accreditation scheme is a way for you to demonstrate key skills to employers and gives you recognition for the work you do. Whether it’s clubs and societies, volunteering, part-time work, or international experience – if you are doing something outside of your course, the ncl+ Award is perfect for you!
Why should I do an ncl+ Award?
Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd. They value the skills you are developing while volunteering, and need you to be able to verbalise these well at interview. Through the ncl+ Award, you can reflect on your skills and articulate these when making applications.
The ncl+ Award team will provide support throughout the year to help you make the most of your achievements and skills beyond university. This year in light of the global pandemic we will offer online workshops through Canvas to ensure all students have to opportunity to attend.
Being part of the ncl+ Award also gives you access to exclusive opportunities: attend bespoke workshops, meet employers, and take part in Advanced awards such as our free Leadership course.
Want to push yourself further? If you have already completed or are currently completing the ncl+ Award in Newcastle, our Advanced Awards will let you do this whilst gaining valuable skills, knowledge, qualifications, and building key contacts that could help you in your future career.
ncl+ Advanced Award in Leadership: If you have a leadership position within NUSU (eg president, lead volunteer, PTO, school rep), this Advanced Award can help you learn key concepts behind successful leadership and run your own project to consolidate and demonstrate your learning.
ncl+ Advanced Award in Career Preparation: Develop your self-awareness, identify your key strengths and work on your personal brand with the ncl+ Advanced Award in Career Preparation.
ncl+ Advanced Award in Business Basics: This programme is for any student (not taking a Business degree) who wants to expand their skillset, knowing that the world of work will require them to have knowledge of finance, budgets, VAT, marketing, organisational structures, trustees and directorship, business theory and innovation & creativity.