The Four Es of Employability

This model provides small but impactful ways to encourage deep learning of disciplinary knowledge and graduate capabilities.

The 4Es

Developing employability capabilities of students requires transformational practices that move beyond teaching students to ‘know more’ to ‘be more’. The 4Es of Employability model aims to develop understanding of transformational teaching practices that others can replicate. Over the course of this project, exemplar cases at the Programme, Course and Session levels will be selected for each ‘E’.


Enthuse your learners.

Students will learn if they are motivated by the prospect of a course, find learning relevant, and feel they will be successful.


Have your learners explore new ideas.

Students are more likely to learn if they are given opportunities to thoroughly explore new ideas in terms of their current undertaking.


Challenge learners’ thinking.

Students will develop a deep understanding and be better prepared for transfer if they have opportunities to test, apply and use and challenge new ideas in multiple authentic, relevant and meaningful contexts


Ask students to show the world what they can do.

Students will gain most from assessment that involve building authentic artifacts in realistic conditions.

Do you practice the 4Es?

Do you adopt elements of the 4Es model in your own practice? 

We have been seeking innovative practices that illustrate the 4Es in action. We have also been seeking individuals with reputations for successfully embedding employability in their teaching.

If you are a teacher who embeds employability in your courses and would like to share your practices, please contact us.