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An Enquiry Based Approach to Employability

Joan Cartledge – Development & Learning Consultant Sarah Jeffries – Personal Skills Award Manager

Enquiry Based Learning • • • • •

Active participants in own learning Equipped with tools to learn Developing Transferable Skills Fostering learner independence Promote philosophy of lifelong learning

Enquiry Based Employability • Participation in work based and voluntary activities

• Skills Development through activities • Self Reflection - >>Progress>> • Focus on process of ongoing professional development


The Personal Skills Award Two ways of achieving the Award: Modular Pathway

Activity Pathway

Take three accredited skills modules

Participation in extra-curricular activities

The Personal Skills Award 1) Modular Pathway

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Employability and Professional Development Skills (compulsory module) 2 lectures focusing on Employability and Reflective Practice Practical Engagement in work or voluntary activity Reflection on skills development using >>Progress>> Assignment requires both use of reflective cycles and ability to represent skills developed to an graduate employer.

The Personal Skills Award 2) Activity Pathway • Recognition of work based and voluntary activities • Participation in Employability Skills Workshop • Reflection on skills developed through activities using >>Progress>> • Successful completion of competency based application process

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) • • • •

Developmental model of peer support Student to student support scheme Weekly sessions facilitated by trained student leaders PASS offers a safe place to help students: • • • •

Adjust quickly to University life Improve their study habits Enhance their understanding through collaborative learning Enhance their awareness of course direction and expectations

Content is based on course materials and PASS leaders are engaged in sharing their experience and facilitating discussions

PASS is successful because it is discipline-owned and student-led.

Honey Pot Award • Scheme to provide financial support for low or unpaid work experience placements. • Application and Interview process. • Report • Reflection on Employability Skills developed • Case Study

ADEPT • Service developed and delivered by Doctoral Researchers (DR’s) • Focus on career development • Self and skills development key feature • Reflection on learning on real life work experience context

SPEED • Programme moves students beyond enquiry based learning to ‘extreme learning’. • Has been run in 14 HE institutions • Entrepreneurial learning experience • Participants identify a business opportunity • Participants negotiate their own support i.e. mentors, advice and training • Participants set up their own business • Participants learn through experience and reflection on their experience

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