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Supporting Graduate Employability: HEI Practice in Other Countries

This study explores the development of employability skills in the UK and in an international setting. It reports on new primary research undertaken by i-graduate (with insights from 414 career advisory staff from institutions in 25 countries) and draws together selected best practice examples from UK and international HEIs.

The research demonstrates that UK practice is highly advanced in several areas. These include initiatives such as extra-curricular activities leading to certification and work placements in specific subject areas. The UK also tends to provide more central support (eg, through funding bodies such as HEFCE) than is the case in other surveyed countries such as the USA and Australia. Likewise, ongoing innovation and practice sharing amongst UK careers advisory staff has meant the incorporation of employability skills into higher education programmes is continually advancing.

In light of the study findings, a set of recommendations has been compiled to highlight areas of further improvement in the UK.

Author(s): BIS

Production date: 2011

How to obtain: The research paper is available to download below.

Communities: Research, Internationalisation, Employability

Audiences: Careers practitioners

Format: Web


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