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Where Next for Graduate Employment?

The subject of ‘Graduate Employability’ has become a hot topic within the Higher Education sector. Glen Newton, Key Account Manager from Gradvert attended the recent Westminster Higher Education Forum: Where Next for Graduate Employment the event focused on supporting HE Institutions ensure that their degree programmes are shaped to the changing needs of industry.

Gradvert has successfully launched our employability programme with universities and we attended the forum to explore and discuss ways of ensuring degree programmes support in developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers are looking for from their graduates.

Chaired by MP Chloe Smith (all-party parliamentary group for youth employment) with a panel of guest speakers, the event provided an update on key areas of graduate employability across the UK.

We have summarised some of the highlights from the event for you:

  • Making Degrees Relevant to Employer Needs: Research shows that despite making huge strides in graduate employment outcomes, graduate employers are still massively held back by skills shortages and unfilled vacancies.
  • Embedding Employability into Academic Framework: Higher Education Institutions need to develop a unified approach to employability; engaging students and staff with a common language about the importance of employability.
  • Improving Graduate Employability: Engaging students in employability development is a challenge but increasingly there is a need for methods that are digital and engaging.
  • Skills Survey (Key Skills Gaps in UK Labour Market): There is an expanding labour market, however there are still major skills gaps in the UK. There is a need from universities to support students in developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to acquire successful employment.


One of the ways that Gradvert supports higher education institutions is to add value to your degree programmes through the development of an ‘endorsed employability talent programme’. 

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