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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Frequently Asked Questions: Services for Employers

List of FAQ categories

Employability and Skills Development

+I would like to deliver an employability skills workshop for Durham students. Is there a cost involved?


Delivering an employability skills workshop is free of charge, provided that the purpose of the workshop is not for recruitment. 

The workshop must be interactive, practical and applicable to any student considering any sector. Sessions are usually delivered in either Michaelmas term (October – December) or Epiphany term (January – March). We will advertise the event, book a room and take the bookings.


+How can I get involved in skills development training?


We are always keen to have employers support us with the delivery of interactive workshops and presentations, mock interviews, and more. Whilst the purpose of skills sessions is not for recruitment, it is still an opportunity for you to increase your profile at the university.

For further information on how employers can get involved skills development training at Durham, and to register your interest, please visit the Skills Development Training web page.

+What is the Durham Award?


The Durham Award is a mark of excellence, recognising that Durham students bring so much more than a degree to your workplace. Developed in partnership with employers and students, the Durham Award ensures our graduates can demonstrate they have the skills that you need to help your organisation succeed.

+How does the Durham Award work?


The undergraduate Durham Award is a non-academic, non-credit bearing certificate for final year students. It has three main elements:

  1. Students are asked to reflect on their personal development across four broad areas of University life
  2. Students complete an application form matching the skills they have developed from these experiences against the key competencies that you have told us you value.
  3. Students are invited to a 30 minute interview (including a presentation) to discuss their application and experiences in more detail. 

The postgraduate Durham Award is open to any student studying on a taught masters programme, with places limited to 100 each year. It is designed to help students focus on how their masters degree can help to make them more employable.

Students participate in a series of compulsory workshops. If all workshops are attended, then they are invited to attend a panel interview. Assessment is by reflective portfolio.

For further information please visit the Durham Award web page.

+How can I get involved in the Durham Award?


The Durham Award has been created in partnership with graduate employers and your support is vital to ensure its success.

To ensure the quality of the Durham Award we encourage employers to be involved in the assessment process. We welcome employers to sit on the interview panels for the Durham Award. Interviews are held in sessions which usually run for a complete morning or afternoon. This will usually be from late February to early March for undergraduates and from mid-May to early June for postgraduates.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Durham Award, please contact the Employabilty Development Manager:

Email: Tel: 0191 33 41423

+Who can I contact for further information?


If you would like to deliver an employability skills workshop or require any further information, please contact the Employability and Skills Development Team at