UWE have developed the Embark award in partnership with businesses that understand the importance of helping students prepare for the world of work. They recognise and endorse the need for an accreditation for forward-thinking students to mark their achievements on their CV in the early stages of their career. To find out more about Embark and how you can get involved, e-mail


North Bristol NHS Trust

Sector: Health Care

North Bristol NHS Trust offer a variety of work experience opportunities for people to have a clearer understanding of the work carried out by the Trust, preparing them for employment in the future.

These include Work Experience for University applications, Placements, Traineeships for 16-24 year olds and Sector Based Work Academies for the unemployed.

“We have got a national reputation for our commitment to learning and there are such great stories of individual achievements as well as the contribution we are making to the local community that we serve. “We are only too pleased to sign the Talent for Care Pledge on behalf of the Trust to demonstrate our commitment to training healthcare staff.”

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Saffery Champness

Sector: Accountancy

Saffery Champness is a top 15 firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers. Founded in 1855 and structured as a national partnership, the firm has been included for the twelfth time running in Britain’s Top Employers, a research based publication published by the Corporate Research Foundation, as well as being accredited Investors in People.

“You need to boost your education with ‘employability skills’. At Saffery Champness we support this – it’s certainly what we look for in young joiners.”

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Bristol Junior Chamber

Sector: Business

An independent Bristol focused networking group of circa 150 members from a broad range of sectors, industries and professions that has grown since inception in 1948 to be a firmly established part of the Bristol business community.

“One of BJC’s fundamental objectives is to help invest in the City’s young people and the opportunity to assist with developing employability skills is an integral part of that.”

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Bond Dickinson

Sector: Law

Bond Dickinson is a dynamic UK law firm providing a comprehensive legal service to our clients across a wide range of legal expertise and sectors, from seven cities across the UK including London. Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses, governmental organisations, privately managed business to wealthy individuals.

“Employers are looking for candidates who can be ready to contribute to their business from day one. Developing your employability skills will put you in the best possible position to do that.”

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Cameron Balloons Limited

Cameron Balloons Ltd

Sector: Business

The world’s favourite manufacturer of hot-air balloons. Since 1971, we have built over 8500 hot-air balloons worldwide. We manufacture hot-air; passenger-ride balloons, special-shape balloons, advertising balloons, balloons for individuals, long-distance hydrogen or helium gas balloons, hot-air airships and helium-filled blimps.

“Embark programmes are exactly what young people about to start work or going onto tertiary education need… meaningful activities that will stretch, challenge and most importantly be useful to their new employers or place of work. With such immense competition for work, young people and students need to add and extend skills, grow their independence and gain solid experience… talent alone sadly, is just not enough.”

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