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are various tools that help institutions or parts of institutions
(faculties, departments, schools) identify the extent of the
employability development opportunities they offer students.
These may be directed specifically at, for example, the embedding
of employability development in the curriculum or they may
be wider in scope, embracing all aspects of employability
enhancement, including work experience, central support services
as well as curriculum-based activities.
and other mapping tools maybe simple open-ended schemas or
tightly structured questionnaires. Although primarily focussed
on the institution, audits could also be undertaken at a subject
level, cutting across institutional provision.
addition, audits might be undertaken at a national level,
as in the case of the audit in Wales and the subsequent Work
Experience and Employability Plans developed by Welsh
Learning and Teaching Institute and the Centre
for Research and Evaluation at Sheffield Hallam University
sent a pilot questionnaire to all course leaders to find out whether
the university was assessing, giving feedback and including
employability measures in courses. A copy of the report is
available here (A report of the Employability Audit-SHU.doc). The questionnaire has been amended since the pilot and with small adaptations you can use it in your
own institution. The questionnaire is available here (Employability_finalquestionnaire.pdf).
University of Central England Careers Service had webpages
designed to offer advice to enable academics to map how to help students develop employability
skills. The following documents can be downloaded
to show how UCE (now Birmingham City University) organised an event to conduct an audit:
for Musicians (Delivering employability for Musicians - outline for Cons day1.doc)
the quality of your curriculum (workshop plan May 7th 04.doc)
employability staff development day (plan for full day.doc)