Employability Resources

At Leeds Beckett the development of employability skills is central to all programmes and therefore is embedded within each course

Employability refers to more than to simply being employed.  For a student to have developed their employability to an appropriate level we expect that they will have:

  • developed: a range of subject specific and transferable skills;
  • have accessed a range of experiences and learning opportunities, including work based learning;
  • are motivated and enthusiastic
  • have the requisite knowledge to enter the graduate world of work and progress through a flexible career. 
  • as an extra at Leeds Beckett we also expect our graduates to have developed the specific graduate attributes of being enterprising; digitally literate and having a global outlook. 

The course validation process ensures that each programme contains the appropriate range of learning opportunities for that area.  When you are developing your programme there are a range of resources that can help you to plan and later when you are looking to source Open Educational Resources there are a range either developed by Leeds Beckett or quality checked available in the University Repository. These can be found by using the search term ‘employability resources.’ and the accordion below offers access to many employability resources

The Centre for Learning and Teaching provides a focus within the University for activities relating to graduate employability and work related learning and supports the embedding of employability and career management skills in the curriculum


Employability Publications

Higher Education Academy
Website: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/
Open Educational Resources - http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/oer

Leitch Report, hosted on National Archives
The final report of the Leitch Review of Skills, Prosperity for all in the global economy - world class skills, was published on 5th December 2006.

Website: http://www.cbi.org.uk/ 
Annual Report

Cabinet Office
Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office 
Higher education: official statistics releases

Includes official data on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.
Website: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

UK Commission for Employability and Skills
Website: http://www.ukces.org.uk/
Education : Sector Skills Assessment 2012

Higher Education Achievement Report
Website: http://www.hear.ac.uk/
PDF Download: Bringing it all together: introducing the HEAR

GTI Media
Website: http://gtimedia.co.uk/ 
PDF Download: Great Expectations -  How good are universities at making their students more employable?

Website: http://www.entrypark.com/ 
PDF Download: The Potentialpark University Report 2013 for Europe/UK

Examples of using e portfolios

Click on the links for an overview of using e portfolios

Three perspectives on e-portfolios, staff, student and employer:

Staff use of e portfolios: Nick Halafihi , looks at the use together with students

Student use of e portfolios Ben Cotton: offers a graduate perspective

Employer perspective on e portfolios, Charlotte Britton , from the company Go ahead Go Digital  

What employers are looking for in graduates

Soundbites from employers in different job sectors, giving hints and tips for students to increase their chances at success in today's job market.

Getting a job in the Public Sector

Employability Fair for Sports Business Management Students


Reusable Learning Objects

Welcome to these interactive resources. Each title will take you to a self contained ‘chunk’ of learning which should take you about two hours to complete. They contain interactive exercises and you will generate material which would be useful to include in your Personal Development Plan or Progress File.

Please follow the link below to take you to Learning Objects for:

Assessing Your Skills, Decision Making, Action Planning, Building  a CV, Preparing for Work Experience, Networking, Application Forms and an Intray Exercise for Assessment Centres.

Learning Objects

7 ways to embed work related learning

  1. Using an integrative studies module to simulate work experience within a module in HSS delivered - Pauline Fitzgerald
  2. Working with a charity on a live project, embedded in the curriculum with students from three different faculties - Alex Kenyon & Graeme Allen
  3. An example of using a live group project to provide placements for students in AET - Gillian Dyson
  4. Examples of using live final year projects in AET, presentation by staff and students involved - Jackie Campbell
  5. Successfully embedding placements within an English Literature degree - Marion Wynne-Davies
  6. SHAREVILLE: a technology to support simulated work experience - Alan Staley, Mark Hetherington
  7. An example of embedding employability throughout a course including live projects at Level 6 in Carnegie - Stephen Robson & Lee Tucker



Futures Workbooks

The series of Futures workbooks are available to download as word documents, and can be adapted to suit individual courses.



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