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A common theme across HE policy and funding throughout the UK is the need to ensure that graduates are prepared for, and able to contribute to, the economy and society. The development of graduates with relevant attributes, skills and knowledge has placed graduate employability at the centre of the HE agenda

Developing learning and teaching that promotes effective learning and enhances employability is challenging. The HEA's employability theme aims to support institutions to enhance the academic, personal and professional development of students in order to meet the changing needs of employers, the economy and society.

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The HEA supports effective employability policy and practice. We work with practitioners and discipline communities to embed effective employability practice within the curriculum. There is a growing emphasis on the development of institutional level frameworks and, increasingly, we are working with managers and senior staff to develop strategic approaches to employability. Our publication Defining and developing your approach to employability: a framework for HEIs supports this. We also support the graduate enterprise agenda.

We offer a range of consultancy services, events and resources. To find out more about forthcoming employability events and resources, sign up to our mailing list.

You can also join an employability network to share practice with staff from other institutions.

Find out more about our work in employability.


Useful resources

- Towards a competency framework for student work-based learning

- Pedagogy for employability

- Measuring the impact of pedagogy for employability policy and practice in HEIs

- Employability summit report

- Professional capabilities in non-vocational subjects