Employability is: ‘A set of achievements, understandings, skills and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen future’ Knight and Yorke 2001
The CETL focuses on structuring a curriculum that enables a student-focussed approach to learning, thereby developing a whole curriculum approach that promotes good learning for good employability.
The group’s main aim is to build a capacity for student employability both in and out of the curriculum through:
- Developing 'Live Projects' within the curriculum. The ‘Live Projects’ initiative brings the external world of work into the university setting and gives the students the opportunity to work on a real life project with an external project mentor
- ‘Sport Start’ was established to market our students as a potential workforce to the wider community. Projects may either be completed as work-related learning activities within the curriculum or undertaken by students outside the curriculum
- JMUpStart is an undergraduate dance company that was established to support Level 3 work-based learning. It give the students the opportunity to become involved in different aspects of a ‘real to life dance venture’
- Expansion of placement provision and increased connectivity with placement providers
- Ensure connectivity with external organisations and the wider community
- Using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Blackboard, to facilitate a learning community whereby students’ individual and group reflection, as well as awareness of skills is being developed whilst on placement
- Consulting with partners to identify key skills and knowledge that would enhance our students’ prospects of employment on graduation.
- Working with our partners to ensure the curriculum content remains current and uptodate.
- Provide a structured, progressive careers pathway for each programme
- Align LJMU+ with CETL values and aims
The employability group meets monthly on a Thursday morning, and is led by Tom Fletcher, Community Support Officer CETL.
Members of the Employability group: