10 December 2020

New report shows how universities are boosting student employability

Tailored work experience for disabled students, virtual internships, and graduates mentoring students are just three ways in which universities are helping students to become more employable, according to a new report published by HEFCW today.

Higher Education for the Nation: Embedding Skills and Employability shows the range of ways in which universities are doing this, and also highlights the significant benefits to their local community, to the nation, and beyond.

Featuring case studies from all of Wales’s higher education institutions, the publication covers the needs of a variety of students, including those who may need extra support, and provides a taste of the range of activities across different disciplines.

Dr Alyson Thomas, Director of Policy and Funding, said: “While the case studies were collated before the Covid-19 pandemic, we know that providers have continued with this important work virtually wherever possible. GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience students have had remote work experience opportunities, and modules and programmes have been moved online. Higher education institutions moved quickly to continue supporting students, which is arguably more important than ever as they compete to find work and contribute to economic regeneration after graduating.”

The report is launched at HEFCW’s annual public meeting on 10 December, which is being held online for the first time.