Employable graduates for responsible employers

Tags: employability | graduates | employers | employable

This research looks at the links between sustainability and employability in the graduate job market in relation to higher education teaching and learning. The researchers interviewed a wide range of students, graduates, employers, Sector Skills Councils, professional bodies, and careers staff to explore the rise of the ethical graduate jobseeker and recruiter. The research primarily focused on evidence for how the career choices of graduates and the recruitment of employers was being influenced by the sustainable development and CSR agenda of employers.

The report identifies the mismatch between the needs of socially- and environmentally-responsible employers and the education and careers/employment services of universities. It also recommends how universities can change their culture, governance, career advice, teaching styles as well as employer links through work experience, volunteering and low-level research led by students with employers.