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Employability and Disability (National Teaching Fellowship Scheme project) Feb 2009- Jan 2011 . Employability/PDP conference Jan 14 2010. Dr Val Chapman [NTF] Director Centre for Inclusive Learning Support. Project Team.

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employability and disability national teaching fellowship scheme project feb 2009 jan 2011

Employability and Disability(National Teaching Fellowship Scheme project) Feb 2009- Jan 2011

Employability/PDP conference

Jan 14 2010

Dr Val Chapman [NTF]

Director

Centre for Inclusive Learning Support

project team
Project Team
  • Dr Val Chapman (NTF), Principal Investigator, University of Worcester (UW)
  • Rachel Gallagher, Project Manager (UW)
  • Judith Waterfield, University of Plymouth (UP)
  • Dr Phil Gravestock, University of Gloucestershire (UG)
main beneficiaries of project
Main beneficiaries of project:
  • academic staff
  • employers
  • primarily disabled students (but of interest and use to ALL students)
  • work-based mentors/link tutors
  • careers staff
  • disabled graduates
as a result of this project we envision
As a result of this project we envision:
  • university staff (academic and careers) feeling more confident in their inclusive practice, and in enabling disabled students to develop, and evidence, their employability skills and attributes
  • the enhanced employability of disabled students
  • disabled graduates getting more/better jobs
  • employers drawing on a wider pool of graduate talent
aspirational goals
Aspirational goals:
  • The stigma associated with ‘disability’ in employment is reduced
  • Greater equity in employment of disabled graduates across the employment sectors
  • Better informed employers about disability in general
  • Employers show more awareness about the capabilities of those currently at the bottom of the ‘league table’ in terms of perceived employability
  • Employers become more confident and proactive in encouraging disclosure
aspirational goals6
Aspirational goals:
  • Disabled graduates become better able to market themselves to employers
  • Disabled students and graduates have a better understanding of their legal rights and obligations in education and employment
  • Disabled students/graduates recognise their strengths and understand how to accommodate and further develop those employability skills/ attributes that are affected by their impairment(s)
aspirational goals7
Aspirational goals:
  • SMEs feel more confident in employing disabled graduates
  • University staff have a better understanding of their legal rights and obligations
  • University departments feel more confident and capable in arranging and managing work placements for disabled students
activities to date project management
Activities to date: Project Management
  • Appointment of project researcher/coordinator, Feb 09
    • Appointment of Project Manager Sep 09
  • Project team meetings x 5
  • Steering group meetings x 2
  • UW’s ‘Employability Officer’ co-opted onto Steering Group
  • VC’s membership of UW’s Employability Working Group
  • External evaluator for the project appointed (attends all SG meetings)
activities to date establishing the context
Activities to date: Establishing the context
  • Review of literature completed – will be reviewed and updated in year 2
  • Audit of resources - ongoing
  • Audit of institutional contexts (employability) conducted
  • Membership of ‘Employability Development Group’ (comprised of [mainly] careers staff and others with a commitment to/interest in employability in the sector)
activities to date website resource development
Activities to date: Website/resource development
  • Appointment of IT consultants
  • Service level agreement negotiated with Information and Learning Services
  • All possible urls bought for the ‘usemyability’ website
  • Project website established and populated with the information available to date http://www.usemyability.org
  • Development of technical infrastructure for web resource - ongoing
  • Training for project staff provided on use of CMS
  • Monthly stats reports on Website usage
activities to date dissemination
Activities to date: Dissemination
  • Chapman, V. (2009) ‘Employability and Disability’, Teaching Learning and Assessment, 34-36,Leeds Metropolitan University, April.
  • Embedded link to ‘usemyability’ on SCIPS website
  • Article in the UW Newsletter and ‘allstaff’ email
  • Email to relevant jiscmail groups
  • Project posters
  • Project leaflets
  • Promotion at conference presentations
  • Leaflets distributed at conferences attended
research
Research
  • Review of Literature
    • First draft completed June 09 – to be reviewed and updated in 2010
  • Perceptions of employability:
    • Disabled students in UG, UP and UW
    • Careers staff in UG, UP and UW : focus group/ telephone interviews
    • Employers
        • Locally (Worcestershire, Plymouth and Gloucestershire) through focus groups and telephone interviews
        • Nationally through the Bristol Online Survey (BOS)
key findings so far from the literature
Key findings so far – from the literature:
  • Employers want graduates with ‘oomph’ and ‘nous’; they value personal attributes and general employability skills as much as the specific skills needed to fulfil their particular roles
  • Many confuse ‘employment getting’ with ‘employability’
  • Gaining employment at a level commensurate with their qualifications is as important an issue for graduates as gaining employment
key findings so far from the literature15
Key findings so far – from the literature:
  • There is no agreed definition of employability
  • A hierarchy of impairments exists in terms of appeal to employers – those with mental health difficulties are deemed least attractive
  • Subtle discrimination remains an obstacle to disabled people gaining/succeeding in employment
employers survey
Employers’ survey
  • Bristol Online Survey:
  • distributed to 272 employer groups
  • 22 employment sectors
  • respondents: n=42
future activities
Future activities:
  • A project update on the website, Jan 2010
  • Interviews withacademic staff, Feb 2010
  • BOS surveyofWork-based mentors/link tutors, Jan 2010
  • Completion of a body of scholarly knowledge 30/06/10
  • Completion of the web based resource 30/06/10
  • Publish data set of existing resources that support students in developing their employability skills), Nov 2010
  • Case studies of good practice in text format supplemented by video vignettes, Nov 2010
  • Dissemination – ongoing