May 18th, 2011
Improving Graduate Employability: Ensuring students have the skills, contacts & opportunities to find work (London)
Forthcoming Policy and Practice Westminster Briefing, hosted by the House Magazine.
Title: Improving Graduate Employability
Date: Wednesday, 14th September 2011
Time: 10.40am – 3.15pm
Cost: £150 – £225 per place
The impending rise in tuition fees and a ferociously competitive labour market have intensified students’ focus on graduate employability. Universities will need to respond to this change of emphasis quickly, if they are to exploit forthcoming changes to public information about higher education and attract potential undergraduates. This may prove to be a tough challenge, requiring answers to difficult questions. Should HEIs incorporate employability as part of the core curriculum? What can universities do to help students develop a broader set of skills? How can institutions build successful relationships with employers, to provide the kind of contacts and work experience opportunities that will help graduates find jobs?
Engaging with the panel, key issues to be addressed at this Policy and Practice Briefing include:
- HE policy: outcomes from the ‘Public information about higher education’ consultation
- Promoting the importance of employability: securing buy-in from across your university
- Skills for the workplace: meeting the needs of a diverse range of employers
- Employer ties: developing relationships to provide better opportunities for students
- Work experience: getting the most from internships and industry placements
- Extra-curricular activities: early engagement with students to help build CVs
- Accreditation: how can employability be recognised and rewarded?
- Marketing higher education to UK & international students: the role of employability
- Cost-effective strategies: improving employability in a tougher financial climate
- Getting it right for post-graduates: meeting heightened expectations
- Best practice case studies: successful employability strategies pursued by leading HEIs
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Objectives & Outcomes:
The morning ‘Current and Future Policy’ session will provide delegates with an opportunity to examine the latest thinking on a range of strategic issues, including: the ‘Public information about higher education’ consultation, management buy-in, employer requirements & work experience programmes.
The afternoon ‘Policy into Practice’ session will allow participants to examine case studies of how leading HEIs are improving graduate and post-graduate employability. Delegates will leave with practical tips to take back to their organisation.