Leadership, Employability and Awareness Development (LEAD)

The Leadership, Employability, and Awareness Development (LEAD) programme falls under the umbrella of the Learning Enhancement and Employability team. It centres on developing students’ transferable skills and is designed to put students in the best possible position to compete for graduate level opportunities and/or give them the confidence and skills to start their own projects.

LEAD is delivered through three main channels. Firstly, in timetabled lecture visits which cover broader employability themes such as ‘What Employers Want’ and ‘How to be a Smart Graduate’. These visits are followed up by weekly Employability Workshops which allow students to explore LEAD lecture themes in more detail, practice CV and Cover letter writing, and receive job application support. Secondly, LEAD is delivered through extracurricular employability events, which are often discipline focused and run by industry professionals. This enables students to access first-hand industry expertise, including talks from professional bodies such as CIMA, Chadwick Nott (specialists in legal recruitment), CILEx, and CMI. Finally, LEAD also offers students one-to-one employability support and advice.

LEAD is supported by a Canvas module where students can map their personal and career development through tools such as a personal development template and career planner quiz. Such tools guide progress and give students the opportunity to reflect on where they are in life, where they want to go, and how they are going to get there. There are also links to online IT and discipline specific courses, allowing students to actively drive their learning. Details of all LEAD activities as well as job and internship opportunities are published on the Canvas site, and a newsletter of the week’s key events ensures that activities are signposted.

An Enhanced Certificate and Reference is used to incentivise student engagement with LEAD. The programme delivery structure ensures students have every opportunity to focus on their personal and career development, which in turn enhances students’ skill set. The programme also gives students the opportunity to meet new people and build networks which will support them in their professional life.

For more information please contact: lee@bil.ac.uk

To find out more log on to the LEAD module on Canvas: https://canvas.bil.ac.uk/courses/525