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SNES Employability and Enterprise Working Group

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES) Employability and Enterprise Working Group was created to foster collaborations between academic staff in the School and Library, International Office and Careers Service colleagues and industry partners to co-create initiatives which raise student employability and future-proof their skills via ‘real world’ problem solving.
Newcastle University

Studying for an academic qualification at university and working in ‘the real world’ can sometimes be perceived as two very different experiences, whereby a high level of subject-specific knowledge does not always translate into an ability to solve problems in industry.

The SNES Employability and Enterprise Working Group has created a Pizza Model that represents a unique and highly collaborative way of working and which brings together Champions from across the university’s academic Schools, Careers Service, International Office, Library and industry partners in order to turn that current skills gap into a bridge to better employability prospects for our graduates, equipping them with all the skills required to be the problem solvers in the industries of the future. This is achieved by getting students off campus and into businesses at home and universities abroad and by bringing companies in to co-teach case studies and problem solving with expert staff.

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