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Gradcore Team, Created 12/01/2018 11:38

Gradcore are delighted to announce the launch of our new specialist employability programme, SEAL (Student Employability & Attributes in Law).

Over the last decade, employability has moved from the sidelines to the centre stage. Expectations of university employability provision are higher than ever before, driven by demand from students, employers, university management and the government alike.

The increased evaluation of employability data, as seen with the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and other destination metrics, and its impact on university rankings has contributed significantly to that focus. The implementation of a new educational regulator with the Office for Students, plus government policy for Higher Education being heavily shaped by an emphasis on graduate outcomes, will only compound the need for universities to have extensive and comprehensive employability strategies.

This is all on top of existing pressures that include increased demand from students who are looking for value for money and ongoing employer pressure for universities to supply work-ready graduates. This comes at a time when universities are dealing with the impact of Brexit on research and staff, as well as pressures to improve social mobility and a contraction of the number of people entering HE.

For law faculties, the demand for greater employability provision comes at a time of significant changes to the academic subject and the methods of teaching. Changes faced by the new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) and the constitutional changes from Brexit, means employability is not the only major challenge ahead, and there will be conflicting priorities for academics and university staff.

The changes brought about by the SQE are likely to impact graduate destination data. Graduates will no longer have to pursue compulsory post-graduate legal professional qualifications such as the GDL and LPC, and with leavers’ destination data shifting from 6 to 15 months post-graduation, there will be much greater transparency in graduate employment rates.

In order that law faculties and universities can tackle the various challenges outlined, Gradcore has developed SEAL (Student Employability & Attributes in Law). SEAL provides a specialist legal employability programme that lightens the workload for academics and university staff, while enhancing future student success in graduate employment. The programme provides a practical experience and insights into the typical end-to-end recruitment processes that graduate recruiters use, as well as providing thorough, personalised feedback to those who complete the programme. The programme focuses on five main competencies: verbal comprehension; analytical skills; commercial awareness; career motivation; and digital skills.

SEAL also provides development opportunities beyond the feedback. Self-evaluation tools have been ingrained into the programme and they are supported by subsequent skill development interventions tailored to each student.

Gradcore have developed SEAL in partnership with specialist legal associates, combining industry expertise with our proven track record of employability work with more than 50 universities across the UK and Europe. The programme will also be delivered by a combination of Gradcore employability experts and legal sector graduate recruitment professionals – offering universities the best possible combination to deliver the specialist employability support needed in Law.

We look forward to working with universities and our supporting employers on SEAL in 2018. If it sounds like something that could add value to your Law department then please get in touch.

For further information on SEAL, please visit our website www.sealprogramme.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us on info@sealprogramme.co.uk or on 0800 0778377.

Follow SEAL on Twitter: @sealprogramme

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