News articles in the Employability community
AGCAS has launched two major outputs - a project report and a new website - from the BIS-funded joint AGCAS/AGR Graduate Success Project, which explores how graduates from a range of backgrounds make the transition to the job market.
The aims of the project were to encourage employers to think seriously about social mobility, to investigate graduate and employer perspectives of the graduate employment market and to increase awareness of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) amongst employers - and promote its use as good recruitment practice.
The report presents the project's main findings and highlights important issues that have implications for various stakeholders, including policymakers, HE institutions and careers services, employers, and students and graduates themselves.
The Yorkshire Universities Internship Project was developed in response to the current graduate employment environment. The higher education sector recognised a growing need for graduates with meaningful work experience, and for universities to provide effective employability development and employment opportunities. In response to this, four universities in the Yorkshire region made the decision to run an internship programme of placements within their institutions, in partnership with Yorkshire Universities.
For the last ten years Go Wales, a work placement project funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, has been the link between employment and personal development for numerous graduates looking for their big break in the world of work. The project supports the development and retention of graduates' high-level skills, knowledge and innovative potential in businesses in Wales, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.
APD Communications was announced as the winner of the AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement at the 2012 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards ceremony in London on 3 April. APD was nominated by the University of Hull Careers and Employability Service.
AGCAS welcomes the recently-launched revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement (QAA, March 2013) and is pleased to have been centrally involved in its production through representation on the chapter's advisory group.
OPEN (Online Presence, Employability, Network) is an HEA-funded project, created by the University of Aberdeen for and with students to increase their digital employability skills. It will be a resource that aims to ensure tomorrow's graduates are keeping up-to-date with digital employability methods via social media.
The University of Dundee Careers Service has won runner up in the Employability Initiative Awards from The Guardian for their innovative internship programme. The Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate (SIGC) is a credit-bearing academic qualification consisting of a six-week intensive taught module and a six-month internship placement with a Scottish employer.
Sir Tim Wilson, author of the Wilson Review, Dave Jarman, Chairman and Director of Enterprise Educators UK, Jeremy Budd, Vice-President of IBM, and Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), have all been confirmed as keynote speakers for AGCAS Biennial 2013, which will take place 10 - 12 September at the University of Exeter.
Six employers have been shortlisted for The AGCAS Award for Excellence in Careers Service Engagement. They were all nominated by higher education careers services. The award is one of the prestigious annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.
The next issue of Phoenix will be published in May. The editorial group is looking forward to receiving a wide range of articles on the following topics: the commercialisation of careers services; using technology; and graduate resilience and adaptability. The deadline for copy is Friday 1 March 2013.