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Nominations open for National Association of Student Employment Services Student Employee of the Year Award

An award-winning graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is calling on local businesses who employ students to nominate their best student staff for a national award.

Former international hospitality management student Kelly-Marie Staunton won the 2017 National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) Student Employee of the Year Award after her employer at the time, Hilton Hotel, nominated her for the prestigious accolade. She was crowned the winner for working two full time jobs simultaneously at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel and Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Cumbia, as well as studying full-time at UCLan.

The NASES Student Employee of the Year Awards recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work with their study commitments.  Kelly says winning first the regional heat and then the national prize has made a big difference to her career.

Employers should nominate their student employees as the Student Employee of the Year Award is a fantastic way to recognise talent, and helps to build the student employee's career.

She commented: “It has helped me in multiple ways, including; being chosen as a Trainee Management Graduate to work at the five star Marriott Hotel in Guangzhou, China, and recently being promoted to Guest Relations Executive at the iconic five star Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, London.

“Employers should nominate their student employees as the Student Employee of the Year Award is a fantastic way to recognise talent, and helps to build the student employee's career. The recognition could have a really positive impact on their future as winning the award would boost their CV and give them the important edge to succeed.”

Entry for the 2018 Student Employee of the Year Award is now open and employees can nominate worthy student staff online at http://www.nases.org/why-and-how-to-enter.html until 29 April.

Lyndsey Boardman | 21 February 2018