Guides and information…

Why not take a look at our one-page guides relating to relating students’ capabilities to the workplace. We also recommend the employability resources and articles below.

Guides 

Check out our handy one-page guides for employers, students, teachers as well as institutions and programme designers.

Guidance for teaching staff


The guidance for teaching staff introduces the literature, the employability challenge and the pedagogical model. It advises teaching staff on how to avoid and handle student push back.

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Guide for students


This guidance introduces students to future ready capabilities. It explains the challenges of transformational learning and the emotional roller coaster that may be involved.

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Guide for programme leaders


This guidance introduces the challenge and the model. It provides guidance on means of facilitating others in embedding employability in their teaching and on the need for progressive development and slow, deep and strong learning.

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Guidance for employers


The guidance for employers introduces the literature and the model. Its main focus is on the challenges of transfer and the means by which they can maximize the transfer of new graduates learning from universities to the workplace.

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Learning pedagogies

  • The Higher Education Academy UK has developed a pedagogy for employability guide which includes an overview of employability and examples of how you might embed employability into your own practices.

  • Active learning pedagogies such as problem based and project based learning are great to incorporate authentic, real-world activities into your teaching. The University of Queensland provides a useful overview of active learning pedagogies and examples that you might implement in your own teaching.

EmployABILITY rethought! A practical approach to Literacies for Life

Related projects

  • The Making the Invisible Visible project investigates professional attributes that are not readily observed in academic transcripts. The project will identify ways to make these attributes more apparent to students, lecturers and employers.

  • The Graduate Outcomes project identified key considerations for implementing graduate profile attributes at the institutional, programme and individual course level. It includes toolkits to implement attributes at all three levels. 
  • The FlipCurric programme provides authentic learning and teaching exemplars that are focused on preparing graduates for real-world professional experiences.

Readings

Read the following employability articles. You may access open-source articles directly or find them in your local academic databases.

  • Dacre Pool, L. & Sewell, P. (2007). The key to employability: developing a practical model for graduate employability. Education & Training. 49 (4), 277-289.
  • Dibben, M., & Norton, S. (2017). Embedding Employability in Student Programmes: It Starts with the Right Language.
  • Fallows, S., & Steven, C. (2000). Building employability skills into the higher education curriculum: A university-wide initiative. Education+ training, 42(2), 75-83.
  • Fugate, M., Kinicki, A. J., & Ashforth, B. E. (2004). Employability: A psycho-social construct, its dimensions, and applications. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65(1), 14-38.
  • Harvey, L. (2005). Embedding and integrating employability. New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005(128), 13-28.
  • Knight, P. and Yorke, M. (2004) Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education. London: Routledge Falmer.
  • Mason, G., Williams, G., & Cranmer, S. (2009). Employability skills initiatives in higher education: what effects do they have on graduate labour market outcomes?. Education Economics17(1), 1-30.
  • Rae, D. (2007). Connecting enterprise and graduate employability: challenges to the higher education culture and curriculum?. Education+ Training49(8/9), 605-619.
  • Tomlinson, M. (2008). ‘The degree is not enough’: students’ perceptions of the role of higher education credentials for graduate work and employability. British Journal of Sociology of Education29(1), 49-61.
  • Yorke, M. (2006). Employability in higher education: what it is–what it is notLearning and Employability Series1.