Employability through the curriculum

With employers reporting significant deficiencies in graduate skills, Work Related Learning (WRL) through the curriculum has a major impact on student and graduate employability. It builds confidence and networking skills, and develops awareness of the world of work.

Curriculum 2012 requires courses to include opportunities for students to engage in work-related learning. Employability and enterprise in the curriculum develops the skills students need.

Graduate, academic and employability skills contribute to the development of students’ independence and engagement with learning, as well as their creative, critical and reflective capacities: skills which they will need to succeed academically, and to find and keep work.

They comprise:

  • Intellectual skills (analysis, critical evaluation, logical argument, reasoning)
  • Key or core skills (communication, application of number, ICT, teamwork, learning to learn);
  • Personal attributes with market value (self-reliance, adaptability, drive)
  • Knowledge of the way organisations work

Enterprise education

Enterprise education aims to produce graduates with the mind-set and capabilities to spot opportunities, needs and problems and act to create viable products, services, commercial or social enterprises. Enterprising students are more self-aware, opportunity-focused and informed about the world of work.
As these mind-sets and capabilities are more about how students learn, integrating enterprise and employability into your course will not compromise its relevance, academic standards, market-place value or appeal. Opportunities for students to develop these capabilities arise naturally from good teaching, learning and assessment practice.

Our Curriculum Adviser and Enterprise Adviser can help review and develop courses to enhance entrepreneurial learning.
They can:

  • amend syllabus design and delivery to encourage enterprising actions 
  • evaluate teaching and learning approaches which promote entrepreneurship in all its guises
  • work with you to evaluate how enterprise is manifest in your course(s)
  • initiate and co-develop extra-curricular activity that promotes real-life entrepreneurial behaviour

Recent work has included revising course units, developing the use of reflective practice in teaching and trialling employability assessment methods. We work 1:1, with groups of staff and students, and with all staff teams.

Employability Skills Toolkit

Contains tools to develop employability skills, career management skills and PDP practices. There are two versions: Employability Skills Toolkit which contains all resources, and a compendium of student-only resources (Employability Skills Toolkit Student Resources).

If these abilities are going to be valued by students they have to be a credible, transparent and a challenging part of their course.

Faculty careers advisers contribute to curriculum developments, working with faculty teams, committees, forums and boards on improvements to career elements of the curriculum. Contact them if they could contribute to one of yours.