Understanding how to use technology is simple, but understanding how to integrate it into student development may be the key to success. Could the skills sector be doing more with technology to help develop student employability skills?

JISC have allowed us to share their extremely comprehensive report on employability and the role of technology. This study provides an initial exploration of the role of technology in supporting the development of student employability skills. It aims to provide an overview of the key skills employers are looking for, and the opportunities offered by universities and colleges to provide those skills.

The full report can be accessed free of charge, along with these additional resources:

  • a 20 page summary of the report – Covering the same core concepts and key ideas, this document is a simplification of the full report that can be used for quick reference and to gain a general overview of the project.
  • ten further education case studies – Ten case studies drawn from colleges and organisations in the FE and adult skills sector, providing some fantastic examples of activity designed to prepare students to be able to demonstrate employability in its broadest sense.

What can you expect to find in the report?

The full report is broken into chapters, each exploring a different finding from the report and containing suggestions on how practices can be enhanced going forward. 

Here are the chapters found in the report along with small examples of the content within:

1. Introduction

Covers the background, aim of the study, methodology and deliverables.

2. The study identified four key challenges

Some of these challenges are: 

  • technology is under exploited for employability
  • variability in resources to support institutions in using technology for employability.

3. Institutions are using technologies in five key ways to support student employability

Key ways include:

  • digital communications and engagement with employers
  • technology enhanced employability skills development.

4. Three ways programme teams can enhance practices

Tips include: Lifelong employability in a digital world needs to be a core student capability – with students encouraged to take ownership early on.

5. Draft indicators of good practice in two key areas

Good practices in programme design and delivery to incorporate employability and technology in employability.

6. Institutions can better prepare for supporting good practices in technology for employability in five key ways

The examples for preparing for supporting good practices include:

  • professional development of staff in relation to employability and technology for employability
  • improving communication and collaborations to drive change in technology for employability.

7. Sector bodies can potentially support institutions in six key ways

These include:

  • sector resources - Develop coherent sector resources targeted to different stakeholder needs that inform and enable stakeholders to develop student employability.
  • sector online collaborative spaces - Develop online collaborative spaces to support engagement between sector stakeholders.

JISC are the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. You can find out more about them and the work they do on their website.

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