Thursday, 10 March 2011

Fwd: Frameworks for employability events

Dear all,



Rising to the challenge: frameworks for employability in the new HE landscape


The Higher Education Academy is organising two one-day events, one to be held in Birmingham and the other in London, to support the sector in developing institutional frameworks for employability.


Employability development in higher education is becoming an increasingly important policy agenda. HE providers have started to redesign their approaches to ensure students develop the key transferable skills and attributes employers require. In an increasingly competitive market place graduates need to feel confident in securing and maintaining employment and should be able to reflect on their learning and achievements and to articulate this for employers. 


The workshops will be led by the Higher Education Academy with contributions from managers in HEIs who are developing and implementing frameworks for employability. They will provide a space for practitioners to review their existing approaches to developing graduate employability and consider how best to implement and embed approaches.


The workshops will address:

·         why a strategic approach  is beneficial for enhancing the student learning experience;

·         the content of a framework/strategy and how this should be reflected in employability statements from the point of view of the  student, employer, academic and careers adviser; 

·         how to develop and implement a framework for employability and who should be involved.


Discussion groups will consider a range of related topics and will be of interest to senior managers and officers with responsibility for developing employability strategies, teaching and learning developers; careers and student services managers; academics involved in curriculum review and student representatives. 


The intended outcomes of these workshops are to:

·         provide delegates with an enhanced understanding of an institutional framework for employability, how such a framework could be developed, who should be involved and how it can be managed;

·         stimulate ideas for how a strategy/framework could be taken forward and/or areas for further  development in their own institution;

·         access/ foster the network/community of practice.


The Birmingham event will take place on 13 April 2011:



The London event will be held in on 14 April 2011:



Please follow the above links for booking information.


Many thanks,




Laila Burton
Programme Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 717569
Mobile: +44 (0) 7917 531464
The Higher Education Academy
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