Uni of­fers jobs help to stu­dents

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

EDGE Hill has al­ways of­fered a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to en­gage with in­dus­try to im­prove their em­ploy­a­bil­ity and gain the real-world skills they need to suc­ceed in the grad­u­ate job mar­ket.

Now, the Busi­ness School is putting em­ploy­a­bil­ity at the heart of un­der­grad­u­ate study with a new project de­signed to em­bed es­sen­tial em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills into every un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme, en­sur­ing all of its stu­dents leave fully equipped for the world of work.

Sue Mur­rin-Bai­ley, a Se­nior Lec­turer in the Busi­ness School who was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the pro­gramme, said: “It’s im­por­tant that all stu­dents en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity, not just the small ‘se­lect’ group that ac­tively seeks out op­por­tu­ni­ties them­selves.

“We wanted to cre­ate an aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment where every stu­dent could eas­ily ac­cess op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­ate their own per­sonal jour­ney both within the Univer­sity and ex­ter­nally.

“The Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Pro­gramme re­sponds di­rectly to the needs of key re­cruiters in the North West and fo­cuses on the ‘soft’ tech­ni­cal and prac­ti­cal skills that grad­u­ates can only gain through hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, and which make them more at­trac­tive to prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.”

Stu­dents gain these skills through a range of ev­i­dence-based re­flec­tive learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that com­ple­ment their stud­ies, in­clud­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to link with em­ploy­ers, live case stud­ies and projects, mock As­sess­ment Cen­tre days with ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­cruit­ment events and busi­ness net­work­ing.

“The mock As­sess­ment Cen­tre days, which take place in sec­ond year, are par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for stu­dents,” said Sue, “as they pro­vide them with in­di­vid­ual feed­back on their skills and high­light strengths and weak­nesses.”

Since the pro­gramme was launched last year, stu­dents have been in­volved in de­vel­op­ing so­cial mar­ket­ing solutions for the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (for a pop­u­la­tion of 8m users), a brand­ing ini­tia­tive for AFG, a health and so­cial care char­ity, and a mar­ket­ing strat­egy for distri­bu­tion com­pany WCF Lo­gis­tics.

Ac­cess to in­dus­try place­ments are a key part of the Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Pro­gramme. Sam Hil­ton, a sec­ond-year Ac­coun­tancy stu­dent, is cur­rently spend­ing a year work­ing as an in­tern at Vaux­hall Mo­tors and be­lieves this ex­per-ience will give him the edge when ap­ply­ing for grad­u­ate jobs.

Sam said: “I knew that if I did not opt for a place­ment year I would lack se­ri­ous valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve worked in a bar, but so will 90% of other ap­pli­cants for jobs when I grad­u­ate.

“I knew I needed some­thing that would stand out on my CV and I am so grate­ful for get­ting a job with a large brand like Vaux­hall.”

The Busi­ness School at Edge Hill Univer­sity is putting em­ploy­a­bil­ity at the heart of un­der­grad­u­ate study

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