Key Points
  • Graduates vs the Labour Market: Key Pressures, Underemployment and Skills Gaps
  • Measuring Employability: Reviewing Graduate Outcomes, the Role of Alumni Departments and Utilising Data to Inform Student Decision Making
  • Embedding Employability into HE Courses: Working with Employers, Work Experience and Curriculum Design to Create Talent Pipelines
Guest of Honour

Roberta Blackman Woods MP Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group

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Overview

Our confirmed speakers so far:

  • Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
  • Roberta Blackman Woods MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group
  • Liz Bromley, Acting CEO, University Alliance
  • John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry
  • Stephen Isherwood , Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
  • Neha Agarwal, Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
  • Dr Bob Gilworth , President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and Director, Careers Group - University of London
  • Andy Gardner, Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub
  • Dr Kate Daubney, Head of Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group
  • John Watkins, Director of Employability, University of Law
  • James Corbin, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent

Attend Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Forum to understand how to better prepare graduates for the world of work. The employment prospects of graduates and the level of employment they gain has been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, due to increasing tuition fees, the continued existence of skills gaps and wider labour market patterns.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has highlighted the vital need to produce a workforce equipped with the range of skills that employers need both now and in the future. Universities can play a major role in providing individuals with the skills that their local economy needs. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that partnerships are formed between universities, further education colleges, employers and other areas of the education system.

This forum will explore how to overcome the key barriers to promoting skills growth including the impact of Brexit and the ageing population. Delegates will consider more flexible ways of learning and innovative forms of provision in order to meet the skills needs of employers at particular levels and will learn about how to measure graduate employability outcomes and how to apply this data to help inform student decision-making.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how best to prepare young people to take advantage of future opportunities, address skills needs and boost growth and productivity.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Bahram Bekhradnia President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

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09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address 1: Graduate Employability Priorities

 
  • The Government Industrial Strategy White Paper
  • The role universities have to play in improving UK productivity
  • Demand for higher level skills
  • Employability prospects for graduates
  • Changes to provision
  • Regulation and the role of the Office for Students

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Roberta Blackman Woods MP Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group

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09:40 - 09:50
Questions, and answer session with delegates

 

09:50 - 10:50
Graduates Vs The Labour Market

 
  • Student employability, national productivity and the Industrial Strategy
  • Meeting the current demand for graduates from the labour market
  • The likely impact of Brexit
  • Ensuring the right roles are being filled by graduates
  • Identifying and tackling current skills gaps required by employers
  • Collaboration between universities and businesses to target skills needs in particular sectors and regions
  • Meeting future skills demands in the UK
- - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -

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Liz Bromley Acting CEO, University Alliance

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Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

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John Cope Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry

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10:50 - 11:10
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:10 - 12:00
Measuring Employability

 
  • Transitioning from DLHE to Graduate Outcomes
  • Provider approaches being taken to prepare for Graduate Outcomes: data storage, GDPR compliance, survey promotion and relationships with the central provider
  • Plans for onward use of the data and support to graduates   
  • Considerations that need to be taken into account when using Graduate Outcomes data
  • The role of alumni departments and university careers advisors 
  • Using data to identify areas that need improvement 
  • Improving graduate earnings measures using LEO Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data
    - - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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Dr Bob Gilworth President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) And Director, Careers Group University of London

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Andy Gardner Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub

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12:00 - 12:50
Embedding Employability into HE Courses

 
  • Working with employers to address skills gaps across a range of industries to drive regional growth and meet employer demand now and in the future
  • Making employability everybody’s business and embedding employability into all university courses and processes
  • Collaborating with employers to co-design course curricula and content
  • Engaging academics, students, employers and other key stakeholders 
  • Higher and degree apprenticeships, accelerated degrees, new models of placement provision and work-based learning
  • Providing alternate routes into higher education to boost social mobility for disadvantaged students
    - - - -  Questions, and answer session with delegates - - - -

Speakers

James Corbin Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent

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Dr Kate Daubney Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group

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John Watkins Director of Employability, University of Law

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

End

Speakers

Neha Agarwal Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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Bahram Bekhradnia President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)

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Roberta Blackman Woods MP Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group

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Liz Bromley Acting CEO, University Alliance

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John Cope Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry

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James Corbin Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent

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Dr Kate Daubney Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group

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Andy Gardner Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub

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Dr Bob Gilworth President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) And Director, Careers Group University of London

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Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

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John Watkins Director of Employability, University of Law

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Venue details

Central London - Westminster Central London - Westminster


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