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Context setting presentation at a conference on employability in UK higher education.

Context setting presentation at a conference on employability in UK higher education.

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  • Thanks a lot Ros, will pass on though I'm already over-committed with volunteer work. Hope all well.
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  • Hi there Louis - caught up with this interesting PP presentation report whilst involved with a North London group of parents and teachers wishing to set up a Free School starting at Primary Level, continuing into Secondary at the appropriate time..

    It would appear that much of the group's thinking is firmly based around the early awareness and development of the 8 attributes the PP identifies as required for employability skills. As an advocate of learners of all ages being made aware of the world of work and the opportunities it provides for motivation, knowledge and understanding of the wider world, I and others in the group have these concepts in mind when emphasising the need for early competency in English, Maths and IT. With the London Borough of Enfield not likely to have sufficient school places for the present and projected numbers of a wide range of ethnic groups, speaking diverse languages, it is our vision to use sufficient teaching staff, assistants, parents and volunteers, together with a variety of teaching methods to ensure learners exceed the levels of attainment suggested.

    If anyone at Pearson would be interested in taking up a position on the Board of Governers or as a Sponsor/Consultant, they will find more information at nlfreeschool@groupspaces.com or contact the group leader Mark Barrett at marknbarrett@googlemail.com.

    If such changes have been recognised as being essential for learners in HE in order to cope with the 21st Century lack of highly qualified workers, it seems logical to extend this down through the Key Stages in an organised way through the whole curriculum.

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  • 1. Employability in HE – scene setting15th March 2013Louis Coiffait, Head of Research@LouisMMCoiffaitThe Pearson Think Tankthepearsonthinktank.com
  • 2. The Pearson Think TankWho are we and what do we do? Independent think tank focused on education access and quality Ongoing programme of research and thought-leadership e.g.  The Academies Commission (with the RSA)  Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education  pearsonblueskies.com, on the future of higher education  Careers2020  University admissions Policy intelligence, analysis and comment e.g. Policy Watch, blogs All of our content and activities are free
  • 3. Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might employability matter around the world?
  • 4. Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might employability matter in the UK? Guardian http://goo.gl/PJN3E
  • 5. UKCES (2009) – a skills based approachPhase 1. The Employability Challenge
  • 6. UKCES (2009)Phase 1. The Employability ChallengeProviders should follow 6 principles to embed employability: 1. Based on real workplace practice 2. Experiential 3. Personal 4. Reflective 5. A structured and integrated process 6. Strong institutional leadership and resources
  • 7. Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2006 + 2012Pedagogy for employability “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”Providers encouraged to; 1. embed effective employability practice within the curriculum 2. develop institutional level frameworks 3. develop strategic approaches to employability 4. support the graduate enterprise agenda (see NACUE) HEA http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/employability
  • 8. ‘career readiness’ in the USAWhat other models are there?e.g. ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) WorkKeys credentials measure hard, cognitive "real world" skills 1. Applied Mathematics 2. Locating Information 3. Reading for Information NCRC Plus ranks individuals’ soft skills 1. Work Discipline: Productivity, dependability 2. Teamwork: Tolerance, communication, attitude 3. Customer Service Orientation: Interpersonal skills, perseverance 4. Managerial Potential: Persuasion, enthusiasm, problem solving ACT http://goo.gl/c1aVL
  • 9. The US Partnership for 21st Century SkillsWhat other models are there?
  • 10. Other related agendas and narrativesWhat other models are there? (social) enterprise and entrepreneurship Creativity Service learning and volunteering Work-related learning Global citizenship Wellbeing Sustainability
  • 11. Where next for employability in HE?What other models are there? Funding follows learners in England, 4 UK nations diverging Increasingly competitive and marketised system Key Information Set (KIS) http://unistats.direct.gov.uk Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) http://www.hear.ac.uk Growing focus on outcomes e.g. employment = economic growth? A way of making a university distinctive and attractive Implications for teaching and learning
  • 12. Thank you!thepearsonthinktank.com …any questions?