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Employability Skills Initiatives in Higher Education: What Effects Do They Have On Graduate Labour Market Outcomes?

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  • Geoff Mason

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  • Williams, G., Cranmer, S.

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    This paper makes use of detailed information gathered at university department level, combined with graduate survey data, to assess the impact of different kinds of employability skills initiative on graduate labour market performance. We find that structured work experience has clear positive effects on the ability of graduates, firstly, to find employment within six months of graduation and, secondly, to secure employment in ‘graduate-level’ jobs. The latter job quality measure is also positively associated with employer involvement in degree course design and delivery. However, a measure of departmental involvement in explicit teaching and assessment of employability skills is not significantly related to labour market outcomes.

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    Paper provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its series NIESR Discussion Papers with number 280.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:280

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