National recognition for GSK

GlaxoSmith Kline (GSK) is pioneering a new student work placement standard.
GSK has become the first organisation to achieve national recognition for its
corporate undergraduate programme.

GSK championed the Professional Development Programme (PDP) QualityMark
developed between the company, the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
and the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) to set a benchmark for
student work experience.

The PDP QualityMark aims to involve employers in developing employable
graduates, complementing the academic input from higher education. It is
designed to prepare students for work placements, support them and the provider
and ensure the experience is beneficial.

Professor Simon Roodhouse, UVAC’s chief operating officer, said: "GSK
is leading the way for other organisations seeking recognition of their work
experience programmes. Such schemes are increasingly valued by industry."
Liz Rhodes, director of NCWE, said: "Everyone stands to benefit, as
employers are more and more regarding work experience as a desirable entry on
graduates’ CVs."

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