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  • There is a lot of pride in local education systems (rightly so) & returning students need to not dismiss the potential competition from local graduates Employers in both countries were keen to emphasise the importance of students gaining ‘relevant work experience’. Volunteering and part-time jobs didn’t have the same recognition as with UK employers There was an assumption of fluency in English & a sense of shock if this proved not to be the case when interviewing returners A greater understanding of the recruitment processes and cycles, as well as an appreciation of the importance of networks
  • More headlines Loughborough explores Chinese graduate employability Writing CVs - support for international students Operation Malta - employability advice for junior doctors AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2011 - nominations open International students crucial to UK graduates’ prospects Launch of improved job search facility for international students and graduates AGCAS responds to student immigration consultation
  • * It can be really difficult to attract employers to this type of event, as there can be a fear of the legislation. - the impact of internationalisation on HE and graduate employment by Margaret Dane, CEO , AGCAS - the law: understanding the points based system (PBS) by Sophie Barratt-Brown and Matthew Wills of Laura Devine Solicitors http://www.lauradevine.com/index.html - what the Border Agency can do to help by Cheryl Pellew of the UKBA & UKBA compliance officers http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ - voicing our concerns, the higher education perspective with Dominic Scott, Chief Executive of the UK Council of International Student Affairs (UKCISA) -what this means for students discussion with Denya Hill : Grant Thornton, Dominic Scott : UKCISA, Sophie Barratt-Brown and Matthew Wills : Laura Devine Solicitors and Anne Marie Martin : AGCAS.
  • by a range of types of institutions and areas of the country. All were open to international students from anywhere in the UK.
  • Expectations – can be unrealistic, particularly in terms of salaries and opportunities when they return Work experience - this is also true of UK employers and in the recent CBI Building for Growth Survey of 566 employers (employing 2.2 million of the workforce) 62% said this was the most important thing when looking at an application form, employability skills and positive attitude came top with 86%, degree subject 56% and degree result 32%
  • International DLHE = "Institutions will be required to survey all non-eu international leavers electronically but other methods (phone and postal can also be used). There will not be a target response rate in place during the first two years of surveying non-EU international leavers and the data collected during this time will be considered a 'pilot'. Surveying these leavers for two years will not signify a commitment to surveying these leavers long-term" Universities Minister David Willets White paper = Measures will be taken to make graduates more employable, such as working with employers to develop and "kitemark" courses, boosting enterprise-skills training for students, and reviewing university-industry collaboration - including seeking to reverse the decline in sandwich courses offering a year in industry
  • Enhancing employability presentation_2011

    1. 1. Enhancing international student employability: an overview of PMI 2 employability projects Ellen Parkes, Careers Adviser – University of Bristol Internationalisation Task Group
    2. 2. Aims of today <ul><li>T o gain an overview & appreciation of the outcomes and benefits of the PMI 2 Employability projects </li></ul><ul><li>To identify future issues in the delivery of careers education, information and guidance to international students </li></ul>
    3. 3. Background <ul><li>From 2007 to 2011, AGCAS has been working on a series of PMI 2 funded employability projects in partnership with HECSU , Graduate Prospects and NASES </li></ul><ul><li>Providing valuable support for international students and for HE careers & employability staff across the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>The total budget allocation for employability projects, including those run by CIHE and i-Graduate, as well as the partners named above, came to over £500,000. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    4. 4. AGCAS Virtual Learning Environment – Internationalisation module <ul><li>AGCAS staff and members helped develop a Virtual Learning Environment, resources and tools to help those advising international students to gain a better understanding of the issues involved and useful ways of working. </li></ul>
    5. 5. AGCAS Training for HE Careers & Employment Staff <ul><li>Events have covered: </li></ul><ul><li>Permission to work – guiding students through the immigration maze </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural awareness and internationalising careers practice </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the demands of international students </li></ul><ul><li>Are you ready for the Global market? </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual resources, including videos of trainers, on the AGCAS website. </li></ul>
    6. 6. AGCAS & NASES Visits to China & India <ul><li>HE careers & employability experts from AGCAS & NASES undertook these visits </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with employers, government organisations, alumni and university representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Provided valuable insights into the views of different stakeholders about the perceived value and expectations of a UK higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Two substantial reports were produced, with recommendations for UK governments, HE institutions, careers services and students and graduates themselves </li></ul>
    7. 7. AGCAS & NASES Visits to China & India <ul><li>The report on the visit to Shanghai & Beijing in China in March 2009 can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/133-China-Visit-A-Report-on-the-AGCAS-and-NASES-PMI2-Visit-to-China </li></ul><ul><li>The report on the visit to Bangalore, Delhi & Mumbai in India in February 2010 can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/203-India-Visit-A-Report-on-the-AGCAS-and-NASES-PMI2-Visit-to-India </li></ul>
    8. 8. AGCAS Online Web Community <ul><li>AGCAS developed an internationalisation community area on its website </li></ul>Includes a range of resources of interest and value to those advising international students and those with an interest in international recruitment & employment. http://www.agcas.org.uk/communities/13
    9. 9. AGCAS PMI 2 Events for Employers <ul><li>Two high profile events for employers covering: </li></ul><ul><li>- Are you ready for the global market? </li></ul><ul><li>- the complex issues around UK immigration </li></ul><ul><li>- employment legislation </li></ul><ul><li>- the benefits of employing international graduates </li></ul><ul><li>First event was held in March 2010 and the second in March 2011 </li></ul>
    10. 10. AGCAS PMI 2 Pilot Projects <ul><li>Over 2009-10 and 2010-11 Careers Services conducted 10 pilot projects </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at developing international alumni networks, workplace contacts, awareness of the labor market in different PMI 2 target countries and case-studies demonstrating successful employment </li></ul><ul><li>Reports on these can be found at http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/227PMI2-Pilot-Projects-2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    11. 11. AGCAS PMI 2 Pilot Projects – Phase 1 2009/10 <ul><li>University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) - An online international fair to generate international alumni participation and engagement with international employers, including an interactive CD-ROM, The Link , with case studies and videos. </li></ul><ul><li>University of East Anglia (UEA) - A survey of over 5,000 recent international students and a visit to China to develop closer links with international alumni and to encourage innovative ways to develop international alumni-employer contacts. </li></ul><ul><li>East Midlands University Consortium - India-East Midlands: Business and Employment Opportunities , an event to help raise the profile of international Indian talent and to educate local employers on how to work with this student group. </li></ul><ul><li>Liverpool Hope University - A study to help identify the opportunities available to Indian nationals (and anyone else wishing to work in India) who may be returning to India after a period of study in the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>University of Salford - An alumni website, Alumni net , and other existing social networks, and events held overseas for international alumni. </li></ul>
    12. 12. AGCAS PMI 2 Pilot Projects – Phase 2 2010/11 <ul><li>Brunel University and Oxford Brookes University - Workglobal (International Career Connections), a detailed investigation and reporting of the employment outcomes and career development of recent Brunel and Oxford Brookes international alumni both in the UK and in their home countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiff University - Rising Stars (Cardiff International Alumni Letter Writing Competition), an initiative to gather a suite of international alumni career stories/journeys. </li></ul><ul><li>The Careers Group, University of London - Developing resources supporting employability for international students, including producing international student-specific DLHE reports and case studies. </li></ul><ul><li>University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol - UK/Malaysia GradLink, a comprehensive careers resource linking UK-educated Malaysian students with Malaysian graduates and employers </li></ul><ul><li>University of York - Creating an international net community, to establish mechanisms for students at York to connect directly with York alumni and employers based in China. </li></ul>
    13. 13. AGCAS Virtual International Careers Fairs <ul><li>Three virtual fairs were held during 2010-11 </li></ul><ul><li>a) Oct 2010, University of Glasgow - 1679 registrants from 84 institutions & 94 companies from 6 countries – China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan & Vietnam. </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2011, University of Exeter - focused on the Pacific-Rim, 2000+ registrants, 36 employers from 15 countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam. </li></ul><ul><li>Feb 2011, University of Staffordshire / West Midlands – focus on India - 4818 registrants from 66 institutions, 50 companies registered by organisers </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    14. 14. HECSU / AGCAS / NASES Employer Database Project <ul><li>Developed jointly by Graduate Prospects / HECSU and the Careers Group, University of London </li></ul><ul><li>Launched on 7 th March </li></ul><ul><li>Creates enhanced services for international students and graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources and contacts to help international students who hope to work in the UK or in countries other than the UK or to return to work in their country of origin. It can be found at: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/international_graduate_jobs.htm </li></ul>
    15. 15. NASES PMI 2 Employability Projects <ul><li>International Morethanwork Website = provides skills development resources for international students </li></ul><ul><li>Induction and Orientation Package for use by student employment services with international students </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring Package for international students </li></ul><ul><li>International Student Employee of the Year Award </li></ul><ul><li>Training for FE staff working with international students </li></ul><ul><li>International Student Language Utilisation Project for students to work in and with local communities </li></ul>
    16. 16. Other PMI 2 Employability Projects <ul><li>i-Graduate Project </li></ul><ul><li>International Careers- Cracking the Code – Country Guides are available at: http://www.agcas.org.uk/agcas_resources/132-Starting-Your-Career-In-Country-Guides-for-International-Students </li></ul><ul><li>CIHE project </li></ul><ul><li>CIHE Report Global Horizons: recruiting international students & graduates from UK Universities is available at: http://www.britishcouncil.org/eumd-pmi2-employability.htm </li></ul>
    17. 17. Source: Global Horizons: recruiting international graduates and students from UK universities
    18. 18. Source: Global Horizons: recruiting international graduates and students from UK universities
    19. 19. Source: Global Horizons: recruiting international graduates and students from UK universities
    20. 20. PMI 2 Employability Projects - lessons <ul><li>International students, their parents and sponsors expectations of UK higher education is extremely high </li></ul><ul><li>Good/Relevant work experience is seen as a vital element </li></ul><ul><li>Overseas employers expect high level English language from returners </li></ul><ul><li>Careers & employability services play a key role in meeting the expectations of international students </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration within institutions is key </li></ul><ul><li>The International Student Barometer shows levels of satisfaction with careers & employment support have risen during the period of these projects </li></ul>
    21. 21. Future Challenges <ul><li>Universities White Paper – released on 28 th June 11 </li></ul><ul><li>International graduate DLHE survey starting in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of the projects started under PMI2? </li></ul><ul><li>Careers guidance or placement services? </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the skills needed by overseas employers </li></ul>
    22. 22. What do employers want? CBI Building for Growth 2011 <ul><li>Self-management – readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Team working – respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Business and customer awareness – basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.   </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving – analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.   </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and literacy – application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy – including listening and questioning. </li></ul><ul><li>Application of numeracy – manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Application of information technology – basic IT skills, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Thank you! <ul><li>www.agcas.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.prospects.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.nases.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.britishcouncil.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk </li></ul>