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HE Employability Digest-Oct 2016

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HE Employability Digest-Oct 2016

 

Overview


> TEF ‘highly skilled employment’ metric to be benchmarked by WP factors

> The research identifies a strong correlation between the likelihood of graduates finding highly-skilled employment, the age of the institution, and the institution’s REF score. However, these reputational factors may be independent of teaching quality and may or may not be within the control of providers.

> Factors used in the benchmarking for the UKPIs of employment: gender, age, ethnicity, entry tariff (a proxy for prior attainment) and subject of study, were all statistically associated with highly skilled employment and further study


> Graduate vacancies down 8%, apprenticeships up 18%

> The Association of Graduate Recruiters’ annual survey is the largest survey of the student recruitment market in the UK.

> The combined market for graduate and apprentice vacancies has shrunk by an estimated 3% this year

> The top challenges expected by employers in the year ahead reflect market uncertainty and are Brexit (Britain’s exit from the European Union), the UK apprenticeship levy, and attracting candidates in light of increasing competition


Changes to the National Student Survey for 2017

> HEFCE has revealed the new version of the National Student Survey (NSS) which will be longer with 27 questions and include new sections on learning opportunities, learning community, and student voice. 

> New ‘engagement’ questions have been included to reflect the North American Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and to encourage universities to be more open and transparent with students.


> The gap in employment outcomes for disabled graduates has decreased

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) has produced its annual What Happens Next? report which compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

> At all qualification levels, non-disabled graduates were more likely to be in full-time employment than disabled graduates; disabled graduates were also more likely to be unemployed.