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Framework for embedding employability in higher education

This framework* has been designed by the HEA to offer a structure and process for defining and developing effective approaches to embedding employability in higher education.

Employability is important to higher education providers as there is increasing pressure to meet the expectations of all stakeholders including alumni employers government bodies parents professional organisations staff and students.  This has driven the employability agenda and made it a priority in the 21st Century.

Employability is an institution wide responsibility.  This framework has therefore been designed to engage and support a diverse range of audiences including FE and HE providers employers professional agencies and organisations staff students and employees.  

Adaptable and flexible to meet your needs

This framework aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework can be used in different ways and adapted to your particular context

We provide a complementary toolkit to help you apply it into policy and/or practice. 

We also provide consultancy to support you to embed this or any of our other frameworks across your institution faculty department programme. Find out about the work we were commissioned to deliver in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

*This framework is based on the HEA publication Defining and Developing your Approach to Employability (2013).It has also been informed by feedback from representatives of the 37 higher education institutions who participated in the HEA’s Employability Strategic Enhancement Programme (2014/15).

The materials published on this page were originally created by the Higher Education Academy.