Welcome
Fit for the workplace - collaborative
approaches to enhancing graduate
employability in Sport
Housekeeping
@SEEC_USW
#SEEC
Schedule
10.00 Overview of the day / introduction
10.30 Graduate employability – dissemination of research findings
(Dr Ha...
Time Session Details
9:00am Arrival, registration (Conference Centre, Treforest Campus)
9:30am Welcome session & Keynote (...
About USW
• 33,000 students (65% Welsh)
• Equal numbers under 21 as over 30
The university will
1. support students to ach...
Undergraduate Sport Courses
@USW
School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice
Merger of universities & fusion of facu...
The Employability Journey
• Strategic priority from 2005
Pre-requisites of working within sports development sector
(Skill...
Current Position
• Core focus on ‘employability’ across all Sports Degree programmes
• Currently have partnerships with ne...
Partnerships
Key Challenges Faced
• Health & Safety
• Student Numbers
• Maintaining partnerships
• Internal communication
• Quality Ass...
Desired Outcomes
• Highly qualified
workforce
• Highly knowledgeable
workforce
• Sustainability of the
programmes
© University of South Wales
Researching Graduate
Employability
Dr Hannah Mawson
Lecturer & Employability
Coordinator for S...
What has previous research shown?
USW Graduate Employability research findings
(with interactive activity!)
Considerations...
What does ‘Employability’ mean?
‘Employability is a set of achievements, skills, understandings and
personal attributes th...
Increasing priority for HEI’s to embed employability into degree courses
Despite progress in HEI’s responding to employers...
Research suggests that employability of students should be embedded into the
curriculum within HEIs (e.g. Knight and York,...
Previous Research
University of Glasgow SCRE Centre & Edge Foundation (Lowden et al., 2011)
Aims of research –
To examine ...
Previous Research
Key findings –
There is a broad understanding of what is meant by the term ‘employability’ and
the gener...
Current Research
University of Gloucestershire –
‘Employability of Graduates of Sport’
project working with HEIs across
Eu...
USW Sport Research
Keen to evaluate current approach to
employability and gain views and
perceptions of employers, with
re...
Two components of initial research:
Surveys
• Completed by 45 employers working in the sport industry in Wales
• All emplo...
Employers/survey respondents:
64% Male 36% Female
Majority were aged between 20 – 34 years (71%)
Attending the conference ...
Sector of sport
industry
represented:
© University of South Wales
USW Sport Employability
Research - Employers
0%
5%
10%
1...
So – what were the employers’ perceptions of our students
and how suitable they are to work in the industry?
Now for some ...
© University of South Wales
Test Q 1.
How did you travel here today?
1. Car
2. Train
3. Bus
4. Cycle
5. Walk
6. Other
© University of South Wales
Test Q 2.
Are you in the right workshop?
1. Yes
2. No
3. Don’t know
© University of South Wales
Test Q 3.
Rob is an Everton fan. Which
of the following is most likely?
1. Rob will want Evert...
On the survey, we asked employers from the sports sector a
number of questions related to the appropriateness of skills
of...
© University of South Wales
Q1. Why do you take a student on
placement?
Select 3 options
1. Nurture future employees
2. De...
© University of South Wales
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Q1. Why do you take a student on
placement?
© University of South Wales
Q2. What should a placement
provide to students?
Select 3 options
1. Subject knowledge
2. Plan...
© University of South Wales
Q2. What should a placement provide
to students?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
© University of South Wales
Q3. What skills do you think are lacking
in current students?
Select 3 options
1. Subject know...
© University of South Wales
Q3. What skills do you think are
lacking in current students?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Q4. Is a relevant degree sufficient to
make graduates employable?
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4. Disagree
5. Str...
© University of South Wales
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither Agree Strongly
Agree
Q4. Is a relevan...
Q5. Should sports graduates
undertake a placement as part of
their degree?
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4. Disagr...
© University of South Wales
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
Strongly
Disagree
Disagree Neither Agree Strongly
Agree...
Q5. Sports Graduates possess
enough work-experience to gain
entry level jobs
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4. Disa...
© University of South Wales
Q5. Sports Graduates possess
enough work-experience to gain
entry level jobs
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%...
Q6. Sports graduates have the right
‘soft’ skills (e.g. communication) to
make them employable
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
...
© University of South Wales
Q6. Sports graduates have the right
‘soft’ skills (e.g. communication) to
make them employable...
Q7. Universities should provide
students with other skills (e.g.
customer service)
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4...
© University of South Wales
Q7. Universities should provide
students with other skills (e.g.
customer service)
0%
5%
10%
1...
Q8. Students possess enough
subject knowledge to be
employable in my organisation
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4....
© University of South Wales
Q8. Students possess enough
subject knowledge to be
employable in my organisation
0%
5%
10%
15...
Q9. The purpose of a placement is to
provide students with industry-
specific knowledge
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Neut...
© University of South Wales
Q9. The purpose of a placement is
to provide students with industry-
specific knowledge
0%
5%
...
Q10. Students who have undertaken
a placement as part of their degree
are more employable
1. Strongly Agree
2. Agree
3. Ne...
© University of South Wales
Q10. Students who have
undertaken a placement as part of
their degree are more employable
0%
1...
© University of South Wales
Employer Forum focus
groups
Discussion groups were held with employers at last
year’s forum to...
© University of South Wales
What training/support
could USW provide you
as employers to get the
most from WBL?
Coaching/me...
© University of South Wales
USW Sport Employability Research
Are there key times
(dates) where you need
WBL students the m...
© University of South Wales
USW Sport Employability Research
What core skills are most
important for WBL
students?
Communi...
© University of South Wales
USW Sport Employability Research
What is the value of
this conference to
you as employers?
Ide...
Considerations moving forward….
- Whose role is it help students develop certain employability
skills?
- Are there some sk...
Any questions / comments?
© University of South Wales
USW Sport Employability Research
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Collaborative approaches to enhancing graduate employability in Sport: event introduction - Rob Griffiths

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Presentation at HEA-funded workshop 'Fit for the workplace - collaborative approaches to enhancing graduate employability in Sport '.

The workshop was integrated with the university’s undergraduate Sport Employability Conference (SEC) and provided delegates with the opportunity to discuss approaches to enhancing graduate employability whilst also observing students showcasing their work based learning. Sessions included engagement with a wide variety of national and local employers.

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event: http://bit.ly/SKAMpE

For further details of the HEA's work on Employability and Global Citizenship in the Social Sciences see: http://bit.ly/17n8Knj

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Collaborative approaches to enhancing graduate employability in Sport: event introduction - Rob Griffiths

  1. 1. Welcome Fit for the workplace - collaborative approaches to enhancing graduate employability in Sport
  2. 2. Housekeeping @SEEC_USW #SEEC
  3. 3. Schedule 10.00 Overview of the day / introduction 10.30 Graduate employability – dissemination of research findings (Dr Hannah Mawson) 11.15 Coffee 11.30 Embedding employability within the curriculum – USW Case Study (Rob Griffiths, Paul Rainer and Jonathan Evans) 12.30 Lunch / Networking 13:15 Employers Exhibition/ Student poster presentations 14.00 Employer Forum – Question Time 15.00 Event close
  4. 4. Time Session Details 9:00am Arrival, registration (Conference Centre, Treforest Campus) 9:30am Welcome session & Keynote (All conference attendees) 10:00am Session 1* Session 2* Session 3* Session 4* Schools / Education ‘Getting the Job’ ‘Making the most of your Job’ Sporting Pathways Routes into sports careers HEA Seminar – ‘Fit for the workplace - collaborative approaches to enhancing graduate employability in Sport’ 10:30am Schools / Education ‘Getting the Job’ ‘Making the most of your Job’ Sporting Pathways Routes into sports careers 11:00am Schools / Education ‘Getting the Job’ ‘Making the most of your Job’ Sporting Pathways Routes into sports careers 11:30am Details of Employability Fair (All Students)(Application process etc.) Placement/module updates Employers Forum 12:00pm Lunch (Recreation Centre, Treforest Campus) 1:00pm Employers Fair 3rd Year Student Poster Presentations 3:00pm Close
  5. 5. About USW • 33,000 students (65% Welsh) • Equal numbers under 21 as over 30 The university will 1. support students to achieve their professional and career aspirations by embedding employability in the curriculum and maximising their chances of finding employment 2. be among the leading UK institutions for the proportion of graduates in employment or further study 3. embed and foster a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship across the institution and provide facilities to support student start-ups
  6. 6. Undergraduate Sport Courses @USW School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice Merger of universities & fusion of faculties Generic Sport Specialist BA Sports Development FD Rugby Coaching & Development BA Sport Management BSc Rugby Coaching & Performance BSc Sports Studies FD Football Coaching & Development BSc Sport & Exercise Science BSc Football Coaching & Performance BSc Sports Coaching FD Community Football Coaching & Development in partnership with Football League Trust
  7. 7. The Employability Journey • Strategic priority from 2005 Pre-requisites of working within sports development sector (SkillsActive, 2005) 1. Industry experience (paid or voluntary) 2. People skills 3. Coaching qualifications • Students not prepared for industry • Sandwich year placements limited • Voluntary opportunities not taken up • Embedded within modules • Placements linked to assessments
  8. 8. Current Position • Core focus on ‘employability’ across all Sports Degree programmes • Currently have partnerships with nearly 50 sports organisations and employers across South Wales • Work-Based Learning is embedded into all sports degree programmes at Level 5 and 6 (years 2 & 3) • 6000 community coaching and leadership volunteer hours provided during 2013/14 • Additional opportunities to gain experience on the sports industry through volunteering, paid work and internships. • 92% of sport students are in employment or are undertaking further study within 6 months of graduation (Graduate Destination Survey 2012)
  9. 9. Partnerships
  10. 10. Key Challenges Faced • Health & Safety • Student Numbers • Maintaining partnerships • Internal communication • Quality Assurance • Mentoring • Reflection • Empowerment • Ownership
  11. 11. Desired Outcomes • Highly qualified workforce • Highly knowledgeable workforce • Sustainability of the programmes
  12. 12. © University of South Wales Researching Graduate Employability Dr Hannah Mawson Lecturer & Employability Coordinator for Sport
  13. 13. What has previous research shown? USW Graduate Employability research findings (with interactive activity!) Considerations for further enhancing employability of students © University of South Wales Researching Graduate Employability
  14. 14. What does ‘Employability’ mean? ‘Employability is a set of achievements, skills, understandings and personal attributes that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.’ Yorke (2004) © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  15. 15. Increasing priority for HEI’s to embed employability into degree courses Despite progress in HEI’s responding to employers’ needs, the literature suggests that there is a lack of clarity and consistency in how best to promote graduate employability Lees (2002) suggest there is little common understanding of student employability between employers and HEI’s, as employers tend to view generic skills as more important than the academic content (and academics vice versa) Still a contemporary issue according to Cranmer (2006) and Lowden et al. (2011) © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  16. 16. Research suggests that employability of students should be embedded into the curriculum within HEIs (e.g. Knight and York, 2002). Approaches to employability skill development should therefore include the development of employability attributes; support in career and job-related decisions; the opportunity for placements and internships and personal development planning. There are a number of case studies from HEIs who are experiencing some success from their approaches to employability – tends to be descriptive/anecdotal in nature. More evaluative evidence of the impact of such approaches on graduate employability is lacking (Lowden et al., 2011). © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  17. 17. Previous Research University of Glasgow SCRE Centre & Edge Foundation (Lowden et al., 2011) Aims of research – To examine the perceptions of employers concerning the skills, knowledge and characteristics which help make graduates employable. Examine approaches to student employability within HEIs © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  18. 18. Previous Research Key findings – There is a broad understanding of what is meant by the term ‘employability’ and the general skills and characteristics that constitute employability. Employers identify that students/graduates require industry specific knowledge, but broader skills such as communication, team-working, leadership, critical thinking are essential. Overwhelming evidence that employers, graduates, students and HEI’s all value work-based learning opportunities such as placements and internships in improving and promoting employability However, efforts to address graduate employability in HEI’s is extremely variable (and in some cases unknown) © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  19. 19. Current Research University of Gloucestershire – ‘Employability of Graduates of Sport’ project working with HEIs across Europe to create a ‘toolkit’ for enhancing student employability and share good practice. www.egsproject.eu © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  20. 20. USW Sport Research Keen to evaluate current approach to employability and gain views and perceptions of employers, with regards to the employability of our students. Given the lack of evaluative research – need for evidence © University of South Wales Research into Graduate Employability in Sport
  21. 21. Two components of initial research: Surveys • Completed by 45 employers working in the sport industry in Wales • All employers attending last year’s USW Sport & Events Employability Conference • Employers advertising opportunities for student placements therefore supportive of the programme at USW Employer Forum focus groups • 32 Employers attended a forum at last year’s conference • Interactive group discussion on expectations of the employer; University and student for work-based learning placements © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research
  22. 22. Employers/survey respondents: 64% Male 36% Female Majority were aged between 20 – 34 years (71%) Attending the conference on behalf of their organisation to advertise a sport related placement to students. © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research - Employers
  23. 23. Sector of sport industry represented: © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research - Employers 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%
  24. 24. So – what were the employers’ perceptions of our students and how suitable they are to work in the industry? Now for some audience participation! To start with – some initial test questions…. © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research
  25. 25. © University of South Wales Test Q 1. How did you travel here today? 1. Car 2. Train 3. Bus 4. Cycle 5. Walk 6. Other
  26. 26. © University of South Wales Test Q 2. Are you in the right workshop? 1. Yes 2. No 3. Don’t know
  27. 27. © University of South Wales Test Q 3. Rob is an Everton fan. Which of the following is most likely? 1. Rob will want Everton to beat Man City 2. Rob will secretly want Man C to beat Everton (so Liverpool are less likely to win premiership) 3. Rob won’t be watching the game
  28. 28. On the survey, we asked employers from the sports sector a number of questions related to the appropriateness of skills of current students; why they are providing placement opportunities; and what placements should provide. The next few slides you will be asked the same question and you can provide your own response, so we can compare to the actual findings © University of South Wales Back to the Employer research!
  29. 29. © University of South Wales Q1. Why do you take a student on placement? Select 3 options 1. Nurture future employees 2. Develop someone 3. Create links with USW 4. Projects need doing 5. Free resource 6. Fill gaps in workforce 7. Find talent 8. Need volunteers 9. Organisational Dev
  30. 30. © University of South Wales 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Q1. Why do you take a student on placement?
  31. 31. © University of South Wales Q2. What should a placement provide to students? Select 3 options 1. Subject knowledge 2. Planning & Evaluation 3. Industry learning 4. Communication skills 5. Application of theory 6. Skills & expertise for role 7. Experience real life work 8. Networking 9. Employment 10. Exposure to the real world
  32. 32. © University of South Wales Q2. What should a placement provide to students? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25%
  33. 33. © University of South Wales Q3. What skills do you think are lacking in current students? Select 3 options 1. Subject knowledge / expertise 2. Previous work experience 3. Planning & evaluation skills 4. Self-direction / initiative 5. Application / Interview 6. Communication skills 7. Confidence / Attitude 8. Admin skills 9. Team working 10. Maturity/professionalism
  34. 34. © University of South Wales Q3. What skills do you think are lacking in current students? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25%
  35. 35. Q4. Is a relevant degree sufficient to make graduates employable? 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  36. 36. © University of South Wales 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree Q4. Is a relevant degree sufficient to make graduates employable?
  37. 37. Q5. Should sports graduates undertake a placement as part of their degree? 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  38. 38. © University of South Wales 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree Q5. Should sports graduates undertake a placement as part of their degree?
  39. 39. Q5. Sports Graduates possess enough work-experience to gain entry level jobs 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  40. 40. © University of South Wales Q5. Sports Graduates possess enough work-experience to gain entry level jobs 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  41. 41. Q6. Sports graduates have the right ‘soft’ skills (e.g. communication) to make them employable 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  42. 42. © University of South Wales Q6. Sports graduates have the right ‘soft’ skills (e.g. communication) to make them employable 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  43. 43. Q7. Universities should provide students with other skills (e.g. customer service) 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  44. 44. © University of South Wales Q7. Universities should provide students with other skills (e.g. customer service) 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  45. 45. Q8. Students possess enough subject knowledge to be employable in my organisation 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  46. 46. © University of South Wales Q8. Students possess enough subject knowledge to be employable in my organisation 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  47. 47. Q9. The purpose of a placement is to provide students with industry- specific knowledge 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  48. 48. © University of South Wales Q9. The purpose of a placement is to provide students with industry- specific knowledge 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  49. 49. Q10. Students who have undertaken a placement as part of their degree are more employable 1. Strongly Agree 2. Agree 3. Neutral 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree
  50. 50. © University of South Wales Q10. Students who have undertaken a placement as part of their degree are more employable 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neither Agree Strongly Agree
  51. 51. © University of South Wales Employer Forum focus groups Discussion groups were held with employers at last year’s forum to gain views and perspectives on a number of WBL related areas.
  52. 52. © University of South Wales What training/support could USW provide you as employers to get the most from WBL? Coaching/mentoring qualification An understanding of course modules that link to student assignments Knowledge and understanding of the course and module being completed by the students What do the students need to achieve? Peer mentoring skills and qualifications Training in support mechanisms i.e. mentoring etc. Training for students on WBL e.g. coaching qualifications, work basics (telephone skills etc.) Regular reviews with placements - feedback Opportunity to discuss academic content Awareness of students curriculum of studies Course information and expectations (module)
  53. 53. © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research Are there key times (dates) where you need WBL students the most? End of school term in order to support the input of data for submission to Sport Wales October – March term-time – helps with programme delivery Flexible and negotiable! Flexible – Sports Development is not 9 – 5! During school term – Time to develop and deliver 5x60 programme Flexible – school terms & holidays Summer placement Tennis season – peak interest from public Fixed timetable or day where students will be available so that a programme can be organised with current staff
  54. 54. © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research What core skills are most important for WBL students? Communication – Internal & external Reliable and passionate Interest and ambition Commitment Motivation and self drive Effective communication Communication Communications through a variety of sources Motivation Communication and motivation Adaptability and communication Marketing skill & experience Initiative Interest in the area Good communication skills Work basic skills ie. Telephone manner Time management Financial / big picture awareness
  55. 55. © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research What is the value of this conference to you as employers? Ideas from other employers in terms of placement projects Great opportunity to find a new valued employee Networking with other employers Opportunity to promote our organisation Access to students with a view to it being an informal interview To identify potential workforce / employees Learn about how a student values a placement To find out how we can improve placements for future students
  56. 56. Considerations moving forward…. - Whose role is it help students develop certain employability skills? - Are there some skills that neither HE or employer can teach? - Maintaining and enhancing quality assurance as employability programme grows - Continuing to bridge the gap between academic degree and gaining employment in an increasingly competitive market – common understanding of ‘student employability’ - University’s role in clarifying expectations of working in the industry - Selective about which employers – maintaining high standards - Supporting those students who want to develop - Further research to be undertaken © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research
  57. 57. Any questions / comments? © University of South Wales USW Sport Employability Research

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