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Employability: Degrees of Value


On Thursday, 10th December 2015, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published Employability: Degrees of Value, a paper calling for higher education to improve graduate employability.

The paper highlights a misplaced focus on employment rather than employability and proposes a metric of skills development for higher education courses that could be used as part of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The paper defines employability as a mix of knowledge, skills and social capital. It argues that, while higher education institutions have a good record of developing these attributes, they could go further by increasing the awareness of students before, during and after their courses.