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Embedding Employability in Curriculum: The role of Work-related Learning in the Curriculum: Placements & Projects. Kate Buchanan Director of Professional Studies, RNCM Alistair Campbell, recent graduate RNCM Laura Wilson, current student RNCM. One of many definitions of employability is:

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Embedding Employability in Curriculum: The role of Work-related Learning in the Curriculum: Placements & Projects

Kate Buchanan

Director of Professional Studies, RNCM

Alistair Campbell, recent graduate RNCM

Laura Wilson, current student RNCM


One of many definitions of employability is:

‘A set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make an individual more likely

to secure and be successful in their chosen occupation(s) to the benefit of themselves,

the workforce, the community and the economy.’


Work related learning placements projects academic framework
Work-related Learning: Placements & ProjectsAcademic Framework

Unit Aims:

  • To enable and support students’ engagement with a workplace environment

  • To challenge students to apply and develop skills in communication and collaborative/team work

  • To challenge students to apply and develop skills in creative leadership

  • To provide students with support in producing targeted self-promotional materials, relevant to work-related learning experience, using online resources such as the VLE

  • To develop students’ awareness of professional responsibility


Unit Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:

  • Reflect critically on a nominated professional context, its particular challenges, rewards and your own experience of these

  • Contribute effectively to collaborative creative problem solving

  • Prepare targeted promotional materials based on experience of a nominated professional context, using the College VLE and other online resources as appropriate

  • Demonstrate skills in planning, evaluating and initiative

  • Appraise creative leadership skills and their application in the work-related context


Work related learning projects
Work-related Learning: Projects

  • Best of Young Jazz (BOYJ) Project

  • Brass Extravaganza - North West Brass Ensemble: promoting/ organising concert in collaboration with Sale Salvation Army

  • Chamber Concerts, masterclasses and workshops in Portugal: planning, liaison and delivery

  • Children’s University: presentations to young people in Bolton in collaboration with Children’s University

  • Commission from Youth Band to write a piece: workshops in improvisation and using ideas in composition


Work related learning projects cont
Work-related Learning: Projects/ cont.

  • Conducting Project: Manchester Cathedral Choir

  • Early Years interactive workshops/ performance: Eric Carle story

  • Little Red Riding Hood – new music for existing short film, organisation and performance at local school

  • Twitchy Fingers (Sax Quartet): commissioning new works; getting gigs

  • Seashell Trust (formerly Royal Schools for the Deaf): interactive workshops

  • Yoga project: working with musicians and getting feedback


Embedding employability through placements and projects student experiences
Embedding Employability through Placements and Projects: Student experiences

  • Expectations (prior): what did you expect?

  • Learning experience: how did it benefit you? What did you learn?

  • Impact: personal, professional, musical?

  • Wider impact: community?

  • Longer-term benefits: has this experience supported your opportunities for employment?


Sample projects
Sample Projects Student experiences

  • Best of Young Jazz (BOYJ) Project

  • Brass Extravaganza - North West Brass Ensemble: promoting/ organising concert in collaboration with Sale Salvation Army

  • Chamber Concerts, masterclasses and workshops in Portugal: planning, liaison and delivery

  • Children’s University: presentations to young people in Bolton in collaboration with Children’s University

  • Commission from Youth Band to write a piece: workshops in improvisation and using ideas in composition


Sample projects cont
Sample Projects Student experiencescont/…

  • Conducting Project: Manchester Cathedral Choir

  • Early Years workshops/ performance: Eric Carle story

  • Little Red Riding Hood – a musical production, organisation and performance (chamber orchestra)

  • Twitchy Fingers (Sax Quartet): commissioning new works; getting gigs

  • Yoga project: working with musicians and getting feedback


Things to consider
Things to consider Student experiences

  • Quality of the experience

  • Preparation/ briefing

  • Benefits: to provider, student and College

  • Community links/ external links

  • Partnerships: sustainable & strategic

  • Networks

  • Impact and value added


Thanks for listening Student experiences

Kate Buchanan

Alistair Campbell

Laura Wilson


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