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Press Release - 10 May 2005

Student skills programme celebrates 10th year

An initiative started at the University of Bath to give students better business skills, which has since been taken up by universities throughout the country, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with the city’s Mayor today. (10 May).

The Sorted training programme gives students the chance to go on free courses to improve their ability in a range of business areas, including presentation, team working and computing, as learn life skills like first aid, sign language and mental health awareness.

It was first started at the University by Steve Bradley, then a sabbatical officer in the Students’ Union, who thought that the programme of courses would be useful for students applying for jobs or looking to expand their general skills.

The idea proved so successful that it was taken up nationally by the National Union of Students a few years later and is now run in about 25 universities in the country.

Steve Bradley will be joined by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Roger Symonds, in celebrating the success of the programme at the annual Sorted award ceremony today at 6.45 pm in the Claverton Rooms in the main campus. “

Sorted helps students focus on the key business skills they need to get more business-like and make them ready for the world of work,” said Siobáin Hone, Student Enterprise Trainer at the University. “

Whilst we rely on the help of sponsors like Accenture and St John Ambulance who run specific training, most of the courses are run by students for students. “

This ceremony is our chance to say well done and thanks to them, but also to celebrate what has been a fantastic decade of achievement for everyone involved in the Sorted programme.”

The University also recently launched the Student Enterprise Centre which will help students turn their business ideas into a commercial reality.

Throughout the year, the Centre will run training courses that help students learn about the world of business and pick up some of the skills they will need to become successful entrepreneurs.

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