To be addressed effectively, employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship should be embedded into all learning and teaching policies, processes and practices and considered throughout the student lifecycle, from the very start of a student programme through to completion of their studies. Graduates should be equipped to make successful transitions not just on graduation but throughout their life, and to manage their careers effectively.
Through the 3 Es – Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship education we can help students to generate and apply ideas within different contexts; engaging creativity, idea generation, problem solving and innovation. As a result we will develop learners with a mindset and a set of skills that will enable to them to respond to opportunities and needs, develop their initiative, explore decision-making under uncertainty, and focus on problem-solving, communicating value to others and their own personal effectiveness to help them become better students, citizens and leaders of tomorrow. "
Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching)
Want to know more about Employability and Entrepreneurship?
The information pack for Employability and Entrepreneurship contains links to all the resources and content available on this page plus more.
Student Success Frameworks Series
Best practice frameworks, informed by research, developed with the sector for the sector
The issues impacting on student success are broad and complex, having a shared point of reference and common language to discuss, shape and review policy, process and practice can therefore be an extremely effective way of applying a consistent methodology to leading change. Engaging with our research informed frameworks in combination, will help identify smarter ways of working. This is achieved through identifying synergies between key strategic priorities that all underpin teaching excellence and the aspiration to support student success in its broadest sense.
Framework for embedding employability
A shared point of reference for the sector
Our framework for embedding employability in HE is an integral part of the Advance HE Student Success Framework Series. This framework has been designed to engage and support a diverse range of audiences including those involved in developing and implementing employability policy and practice, curriculum design, student support and learning and teaching. It is most effective if adopted at an institutional level and then applied across all programmes.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework
Developed in partnership with EEUK, IOEE, ISBE, SFEDI and the QAA the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework is a resource to help institutions provide the right activities and experiences so that students can identify what is involved in being enterprising and entrepreneurial, helping them to navigate their future careers.
Designed to inform and support educators who deliver the curriculum or extracurricular activities to students, the framework focuses on the ways in which enterprise and entrepreneurship education can add value to the learner’s journey, whether they are interested in starting their own venture or being enterprising when working for someone else in the private, public or voluntary and community sector.
Would you like consultancy and enhancement support for employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship at your institution?
Advance HE can help you to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement and deliver solutions-based change with a review of the success of any initiatives against KPIs and global frameworks.
Embedding Employability in Higher Education collaborative project
This collaborative project will build upon the sector leading activity undertaken by Advance HE in employability, helping you understand evolving practices within the thematic area of employability, shaping these to your context. The project will disseminate information, activities and guidance to facilitate discussions and reflections on employability provision.
Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship reports, publications and resources
Advance HE has curated resources to support the understanding and practical application of employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship. These include employability literature reviews and case studies and reports on enhancing and embedding employability.
A guide to the Framework for Embedding Employability in Higher Education
The guide complements the framework and adds currency by including information to facilitate discussions, reflective questions to inform learning and teaching and a focus on horizon scanning and the future facing perspective.
A Case Study Compendium: Contemporary practices and initiatives in employability
In the 2023 edition of Advance HE's Employability Case Study compendium, an annual publication following on from the Employability Symposium, editors Stuart Norton and Maria Romero-González bring together case studies from across higher education looking at contemporary practices and initiatives to develop students' employability.
A guide to the Framework for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education
This guide complements the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework by unpacking each of its layers in detail, with a particular focus on recognising practical considerations in the development and delivery of effective enterprise and entrepreneurship curriculum and extra-curricula activity.
Adding value through enterprise and entrepreneurship education in higher education
To explore the topic of what enterprise and entrepreneurship education can add to the experiences of students the Embedding Enterprise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences project was developed. This collection of case studies from project participants explore how to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship education within a range of different academic disciplines. In so doing, the case studies will support experience exchange amongst educators wishing to add value through enterprise and entrepreneurship education.
The innovative ‘ChangeBusters’ game, designed by the team from Sheffield Hallam University, constructs a ‘Theory of Change’ based on evidence from within the ARAP integrative literature review. This game aims to support users to understand the stages of a Theory of Change, build confidence, explore evaluative questions, and extend learning through application to their own context. The goal is better intervention design and evaluation, which in turn should lead to better student outcomes.
3 Es for Wicked Problems: Employability, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship: Solving Wicked Problems
This collection of case studies represents the culmination of a series of discussions from the annual Advance HE Employability Symposium hosted in April 2021. The event was themed on ‘Employability, Enterprise, and Entrepreneurship: Solving Wicked Problems.’ This publication builds on the insights from the symposium with cutting edge examples of how sustainable and innovative pedagogies can be delivered in higher education.
More resources, reports and publications
You will find links to more resources, reports and publications in our information pack on education for sustainable development in higher education.
Join the conversation on Advance HE Connect
The aim of the Employability and Enterprise space is to enable all participants to share, connect, and collaborate with a specific focus on employability and enterprise. The community is specifically designed to remain flexible, evolving and developing as you help shape the future of the community.
Employability: a review of the literature 2016-2021
This literature review aims to identify specific impact and evidence in relation to embedding employability within higher education since the most recent Advance HE literature review from 2016.
Employability: breaking the mould
This collection of employability case studies brings together examples from the Advance HE 2020 employability symposium. The compendium includes examples of virtual placements, the creation of placement opportunities actually within university settings themselves; and the empowering of students to map and plot their employability journeys or and work-related learning experiences, and cross-fertilising the learning from employability initiatives between international and home domiciled cohorts.
Enhancing Graduate Employability: a case study compendium
This publication is drawn from the 2019 Advance HE employability symposium. The compendium explores the challenges for HE institutions to ensure graduate employability in an environment of rapid technological advances and provides potential solutions for the sector.
Engaging students in entrepreneurship education
This short report sets out some of the key challenges in moving enterprise and entrepreneurship education forward, in order to ensure that it is appropriately embedded across institutions and that there is engagement in it across Departments and Faculties.
Useful websites and resources
- Big Ideas Wales
- Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK): Enhancing the Curriculum - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Toolkit
- EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework
- Innovation Research Universities: National Innovation Case Study Collection - Australia
- Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE)
- Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
- SFEDI Group
- QAA: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers
- QAA Scotland: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship