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Enhancing graduate employability:best intentions and mixed outcomes

Cranmer, Sue (2006) Enhancing graduate employability:best intentions and mixed outcomes. Studies in Higher Education, 31 (2). pp. 169-184. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

This article reports on a study for the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the impact of employability skills teaching and learning on graduate labour market prospects. The findings of the study cast doubt on the assumption that these skills can be effectively developed within classrooms. Detailed information gathered at university department level is drawn on to assess how academics perceive and engage in the teaching and learning of employability skills. It is argued that, despite the best intentions of academics to enhance graduates’ employability, the limitations inherent within the agenda will consistently produce mixed outcomes. Furthermore, it is argued that resources would be better utilised to increase employment-based training and experience, and/or employer involvement in courses, which were found to positively affect immediate graduate prospects in the labour market and, therefore, support graduates in the transitional stage into employment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education ; employability ; employability skills ; employment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 59821
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2012 11:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2014 11:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59821

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