Workshop 19

Embedding employability in higher education: Are you getting it right?

What does ‘employability’ really mean to your institution? Too often, employability efforts are narrowly focused on the work of career services and measured only via skills or snapshot employment stats. This workshop improves upon the prevailing view by defining employability in terms of the values, attitude, knowledge, skills and behaviours that students must develop to successfully transition beyond higher education. Join us and learn about research and best practice from across the higher education sector in the UK. We’ll also introduce you to an evidence-based framework that will help you create a process and structure for comprehensively embedding employability into teaching and learning at your institution.

Learning outcomes

Define and operationalise employability at various institutional levels
Reflect on the drivers of employability that are most relevant to your institution
Identify key stakeholders, partners and collaborators who can support employability
Utilise the framework for embedding employability as a vehicle for support and consistency


  • Learning, teaching & curriculum
  • Student experience


  • Doug Cole, 
    Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom


  • Richard Robson, 
    Northumbria University, United Kingdom