It’s inescapable; employability is a prominent feature of contemporary Higher Education. Globally, a range of HE providers are examining the methods they use to enhance employability and increasingly there is a desire to strengthen and develop relevant activities due to a range of factors and influences such as graduate destination data, labour market detail, policy impact, and student expectations.
While employability per se looks set to remain a contested topic, there is consensus that student success in higher education is dependent on a range of factors. Consequently we need to explore whether we have been able to provide the necessary learning environments that are conducive not just to disciplinary learning, but to developing the right mix of knowledge, skills, behaviours, capabilities and attributes that are expected of graduates in today’s world. Encapsulating pedagogies that support employability can help develop a number of the critical components required to enable students to succeed. Not only are these components attractive to potential employers, they also act as the foundation for developing the student throughout their chosen career and any future education.
This symposium aims to bring together cutting-edge examples of how sustainable and innovative pedagogies for employability can be delivered at school, faculty/college and/or institutional levels.