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University of the West of Scotland aiming to develop confident, enterprising , creative graduates Joan Scott, Lecturer in Business & Enterprise Anna Selwood , Careers Adviser. Wednesday 1st June 2011. Developing enterprising skills and attributes. ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE.

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University of the West of Scotland aiming to develop confident, enterprising , creative graduates

Joan Scott, Lecturer in Business & Enterprise

Anna Selwood, Careers Adviser

Wednesday 1st June 2011

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Developing enterprising skills

and attributes

ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

Wednesday 1st June 2011

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ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

The Theme for 2010:

Dumfries & Galloway

on Wheels

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ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

THE PROGRAMME:

A combination of presentations, team time and action time

Developing and marketing your idea

Running a small business – PSYBT and Young Entrepreneur

Knowing your customers and target market – UWS Business School

Planning a promotional campaign – UWS Corporate Marketing

Top Tips from the experts

Creating a radio advert – West Sound Radio

Writing and designing a press/magazine feature – Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine

Capturing an effective PR photograph – Local Photographer

Delivering an effective presentation- UWS Effective Learning Tutor

Action Time

One to one support from the experts

Graphics Design and printing support - courtesy of Alba Printers

Student Showcase and Presentation of Awards

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ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust are pleased to be associated with the UWS Enterprise Challenge, with our interests in the 18-25 year old age group proceeding into Self Employment. The Challenge inspired the schools to think as 'Entrepreneurs' and the innovative ideas which developed were fantastic.  It was a very rewarding and productive exercise which I am looking forward to being involved with again next year"

ANGELA BOOTH, Area Manager, The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust

Magnox North Chapelcrosswas delighted to be involved in the first UWS Enterprise Challenge. The standard of presentations given by the schools was exceptional, and the learning experience gained by the youngsters in this environment produced very high standards in such a short period of time. Enthusiasm and inspiration was certainly plentiful and the activities undertaken over the two days encouraged a culture of business ambition and innovation.

JILL CALLANDER, External Communications, Magnox North - Chapelcross

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What?

    • A high energy, fast paced business training game that discovers talent and
    • delivers real positive change to those taking part
  • How?
    • Contestants ‘apply’ to WildHearts for a micro-loan of £1.
    • One month to turn it into as much money as possible.
    • The team with the most money wins.
    • All transactions must be legal and recorded on video phone to document
    • their journey. They also document their emotional journey and evidence of what
    • they have learned.
  • Who?
    • Companies, universities, schools
    • The teams remain separate but are allies who can collaborate to
    • exchange knowledge, encouragement and pool resources..
  • And:
    • The money created from Micro-Tyco will be invested in micro-loans to
    • help the world’s poorest people work their own way out of poverty
    • with dignity and self respect.
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Team UWS turned £1 into £1441.69 in one month

http://www.wildheartsinaction.com/microtyco/microtycovideos/uws.html

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GROUP TASK

  • In small groups discuss what SKILLS you think employers are looking for from the 21st century graduate.
  • Write each skill identified on a Post-it - i.e. One skill per Post-it and stick them onto the Flip Chart page
what do students think
What do students think?
  • What do students think employers value most when recruiting graduates?
  • Who do students think is primarily responsible for the development of their employability skills?
  • Which employability skills do you think students feel most confident that they develop while at university?
what do students think1
What do students think?

Most students are confident they know what employers are looking for – recognising that employability skills, work experience and a positive attitude are highly prized.

Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work. CBI 2009 p22.

what do students think2
What do students think?

while the majority of students are taking responsibility for their own development, many believe the institutions at which they study have a key role to play

Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work. CBI 2009, p23

what do students think3
What do students think?

The majority of students feel they have well developed employability skills – but there are particular concerns

with numeracy and business awareness.

Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work. CBI 2009, p23

what do students want
What do students want?

Over a quarter of students would like to see employability embedded as part of their degree course

Future fit: preparing graduates for the world of work. CBI 2009 p24http://educationandskills.cbi.org.uk/uploaded/HRE_091_Future%20Fit%20AW.pdf

mapping employability toolkit and skills resources for students

Mapping Employability Toolkit and Skills Resources for Students

Anna Selwood

Careers Adviser UWS

background to development of mapping employability toolkit
Background to development of Mapping Employability Toolkit
  • Make contact with Subject teams approaching SHR
  • Raise awareness of support available from Employability Link
  • Highlight what SHR would be exploring in relation to Employability
  • Draw attention to good practice within UWS
  • Promote mapping of core modules against CIHE competencies
  • Promote use of HEA Student Employability Profiles
  • Prepare briefing material to assist Subject Teams in promoting Employability

“a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes - that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.”

Yorke (2004, reissued 2006)

the toolkit
The Toolkit

How employability has been embedded in the curriculum:

  • Mapping of core modules to CIHE competencies

How graduate attributes (including employability) are effectively promoted:

  • Employability Audit Tool
  • Student record of CIHE competencies
  • Briefing material

Pdf can be downloaded from: http://www.uws.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/studentservices/elink/universitystaff.asp

employability audit tool
Employability Audit Tool

Overview

Areas explored

Graduate employment

Career-path development

Relationships with Employers

Options for work experience

Does your curriculum promote employability?

Are students helped in obtaining and developing careers?

Extra-curricula activity

General egRelationship with Careers service; Student confidence/aspirations

Action plan

  • Developed by the UK Centre for Bioscience
  • Developmental audit:
    • Aid to consider content & design of programme in relation to employability
    • Areas for improvement?
resources for students
Resources for students
  • Skills Audit
  • Skills Development Menu
  • Skills Record
  • Case Study Template
  • Workshop and leaflet: introduction to Careers Service
  • Improved Employability content on website: CIHE competencies & resources
feedback
Feedback

“I found the Employability Toolkit very useful in not only identifying  what was available within the curriculum but also to identify gaps...It really helped to pinpoint what we needed  to include in our Employability Lab.”

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Adult Nursing

“The Audit helped us to broaden out our thoughts about areas we should be covering and helped us to identify specific gaps. It was interesting to discover, through the Mapping exercise, how many things on the course do contribute to the development of employability skills. We have since developed employability sessions that are integrated into the course and contribute to assessment.”

Senior Lecturer, Education

“The skills development menu is excellent.  I used a version of this with the PG MA students and it worked well.”

Subject Lead, Faculty of Business and Creative Industries

final thoughts
Final thoughts:
  • What employers are looking for?
  • What students are looking for?
  • What HEIs are doing/need to do?