"Gradcore provide that all important dimension, namely a direct link to the nature and needs of the current graduate labour market." - Stephen Boyd, Head of Careers, University of Huddersfield

Employability

Over the last decade employability has moved from the side lines to the centre stage. Expectations of university employability provision are higher than ever before from students, employers and university management.

The introduction of fees has created a new kind of value exchange in Higher Education where highly aware students (often branded as consumers) seek value for money for their fees in the form of solid employment prospects, as a result creating a link between graduate destination performance and university revenue. Allied to the use of destinations data in league table performance, ongoing employer pressure for work-ready graduates, and demands that Higher Education aid social mobility, university employability provision must respond to a wide range of challenges.

We understand that this scenario presents a range of opportunities and challenges for anybody involved in university employability strategy and delivery. We have now partnered with more than 30 UK universities from all Mission Groups, alongside our graduate recruitment work handling 80,000+ graduate vacancies per annum, and consequently have developed a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Employability Healthchecks – Faculty or university wide reviews of employability provision and performance

  • DLHE Performance – Targeted support from university to course level to understand and improve graduate destinations

  • Student and Graduate Development – Programmes to aid social mobility of graduates by helping them navigate graduate recruitment processes

  • Employer Engagement – Development of employer engagement strategies for careers and employability services

  • Staff Development and Capacity Building – Bespoke creation of staff development for university employability teams

  • Graduate Employability Risk Model(GERM)© -Model for identifying how institutions should target employability provision for greatest effect

Recent example projects include:

  • Faculty DLHE programme with a group of courses at GuildHE university, in which all improved their DLHE performance ahead of national and institutional benchmarks

  • Redesign and restructure of a large Million+ university careers service

  • Development and delivery of a programme for 2nd year students to aid their access to graduate schemes

  • Design of employer engagement strategy for a Russell Group university

  • Support of a university through employability focused QAA review

  • Creation of a bespoke programme to target graduates most likely to be unemployed, and the delivery of support programme to those people

All of our work is informed by our parallel work in graduate recruitment, and is delivered by the Gradcore team and key associates. Delivery teams are built specifically for each university project, and associates include former VCs, Heads of Careers and senior graduate recruiters.

To discuss your university’s employability provision with us contact us here.