Employability in HE – scene setting15th March 2013Louis Coiffait, Head of Research@LouisMMCoiffaitThe Pearson Think Tankthepearsonthinktank.com
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Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might employability matter around the world?
Reminding ourselves of the current contextWhy might employability matter in the UK? Guardian http://goo.gl/PJN3E
UKCES (2009) – a skills based approachPhase 1. The Employability Challenge
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
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
‘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
The US Partnership for 21st Century SkillsWhat other models are there?
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
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