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Enhancing employability through enterprise education - Maureen Tibby


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This presentation is linked to a workshop presented at the HEA Enhancement event ‘Successful students: enhancing employability through enterprise education’. The blog post that accompanies this presentation can be accessed via

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Enhancing employability through enterprise education - Maureen Tibby

  1. 1. Enhancing employability through enterprise education 1
  2. 2. • Reflection on what enterprise education is and how it complements and enhances employability • Discussion and sharing of approaches to addressing and embedding enterprise education • An introduction to the HEA resource enhancing employability through enterprise education Workshop objectives 2
  3. 3. Defining enterprise education 3
  4. 4. Enterprise education is not business studies. Entrepreneurship is only one of the possible outcomes. Enterprise education aims to equip students with a set of capabilities which they can apply to whichever context they choose; the capability to take action, effect change, create value, and lead University of Sheffield 4 What and Why Having the attitude, initiative and ability to recognise opportunities and the confidence and creativity to make the most of them. Employers value Enterprising people for the fresh thinking they bring to the workplace. Staffordshire University
  5. 5. We are trying to tackle the 'wicked' problem of preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, in order to solve problems that we don't know are problems yet.’ Norman Jackson 2008 –The Wicked Problem of Creativity in Higher Education Why 5
  6. 6. The process of equipping students (or graduates) with an enhanced capacity to generate ideas and the skills to make them happen. Behaviours Attributes Skills Enterprise and entrepreneurship education equips students from all subject areas with the attributes, capabilities and skills to be entrepreneurial within a range of employment settings Defining enterprise education QAA 2012 6
  7. 7. • Creativity and innovation • Opportunity recognition, creation and evaluation • Decision-making • Problem solving • Reflection & Action • Financial & business literacy • Implementation of ideas through leadership and management • Managing autonomously • Interpersonal skills & awareness • Confidence • Communication & Strategy skills • Networking • Persuasion & negotiation • Perseverance & resilience Enterprise EducationThemes behaviours, attributes & skills (QAA 2012) 7
  8. 8. Defining employability 8
  9. 9. Achievements, skills, knowledge and personal attributes – that enable graduates to gain employment, be successful in their career, and manage change effectively.This benefits them, the organisation, the community and the economy. Preparing graduates for the future; for a constantly changing global labour market and a constantly changing society. ‘Graduates need more than academic knowledge and skills to stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive global job market. In the 21st Century, employers expect ‘graduates to be enterprising, resilient, reliable, adaptable and flexible. Defining employability 9
  10. 10. • Subject specialists • Investigative • Independent & critical thinkers • Resourceful & responsible • Effective communicator • Confident • Adaptable • Experienced collaborator • Ethically & socially aware • Reflective learner University of Glasgow: graduate attributes for employability 10
  11. 11. • Personal development • Project planning & evaluation • Innovation • Problem-solving • Business skills • Communication skills • Reflection • Team working • Sector skills • Work experience • Subject skills • Research skills • Career development • Social & cultural awareness UCLAN: employability framework 11
  12. 12. Making connections 12
  13. 13. Government expectations • Expect teaching and learning to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for sustainable economic growth Student expectations • Expect value for money • Expect to enhance their employability • Expect to successful in their transitions from higher education • Expect to be prepared for and be able to access options and opportunities Employers/Labour Market • Expect and need graduate skills, knowledge, attributes to be effective in a global economic labour market, including; flexibility, adaptability, enterprising mind set, being innovative and ability to think on their feet. Making the case: drivers 13
  14. 14. It is clear that a lack of employability skills is harming the ability of the young to enter the workforce and being enterprising is seen as a necessity by Business. David Frost Chair LEP Network An education system fit for an entrepreneur (2014) Thread enterprise learning throughout education. Enterprise education can have a purposeful impact in developing both the soft and hard skills sets of young people. RSA Manifesto forYouth Enterprise (2013) The value of enterprise education in enhancing employability 14
  15. 15. Barriers and enablers 15
  16. 16. Enterprise education : barriers • Clarity of language: what is enterprise education? • Ownership: is it university wide ? • Engaging students: how? • Making connections: employability • Embedding in curriculum • Support for staff • Working together across the HEI • Engaging employers- particularly SMEs • Measuring impact
  17. 17. • Expectations • High on agenda • Employability • QAA Guidelines • Support • Good practice • Work related learning • Working in partnership internally • And with external stakeholders Enterprise education: Enablers 17
  18. 18. Enterprising behaviours To help students develop core behaviours for enterprise through learning activities that enable them to practise, exhibit and develop confidence in key areas. Enterprising attributes To help students discover and develop personal attributes for successful enterprise, develop an awareness of these and find opportunities to enhance them. Enterprising skills To help students develop core skills for enterprise and provide opportunities for these to be practised within a range of situations to gain enhanced confidence and self belief. Enterprise education: Role of Educator (QAA 2012) 18
  19. 19. Enabler: sharing good practice 19
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