Employability in higher education: what it is - what it is not

This guide is intended to serve two purposes. First, it makes a case for employability as a set of achievements which constitute a necessary but not sufficient condition for the gaining of employment (which is dependent, inter alia, on the contemporary state of the economy). Employability is, on the analysis presented here, considerably more complex than some proponents of 'core', 'key' and 'transferable' skills have suggested, and is strongly aligned with the academic valuing of good learning. The second purpose is consequential, in that this publication has considerable implications for curricular activities in higher education, which are the subject of other publications in the Learning and Employability series.

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Mantz Yorke

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