Workforce Connect Program

Skills Development

What students need?

60% of students say they need more support from University to become employable.

80% of students say going to University is to improve their job opportunities.

Employer feedback

  • A degree is not enough.

Employability skills needed

  • Self-management (personal planning and organising)
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Business and customer awareness
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Communication (written and verbal) and literacy
  • Application of numeracy
  • Application of information technology

Aim of the program

To offer more than a degree.

  • Labour market matching model.
  • Designed, developed and delivered with employer partners.

The Program

Generic and transferable skills which students develop as part of their course and which are essential for any graduate job role. Students learn, practise and are assessed on the skills as part of their course, receiving feedback from facilitators.

The skills are;

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Business and customer awareness
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Communication and literacy
  • Application of numeracy
  • Application of information technology

Students can reflect on and record evidence of their graduation skills development using an e-portfolio. They use their reflections to set goals and create action plans and use their evidence of skill development to compile CVs, write applications and in interview preparation. Facilitators support this process, confirming a student’s skills so that they receive a Graduate skills statement when they graduate.

This complements the skills development so that every student has the opportunity to engage in real work projects or go on placements and apply their skills in the context of the Workforce Connect.

This includes;

  • Work placements
  • Internships
  • Projects with work based contracts
  • Simulations of workplace activity
  • Employer driven case studies
  • Off-campus work related learning
  • AIESEC Exchange programs

These are the high level skills, highly valued by graduate employers which students may develop through their skills development course, work related learning, work experience, leisure activities and forums run by You and I in the areas of;

  • Self awareness
  • Organizational awareness
  • Solution oriented

Students can complete the certification process in three stages;

  • Bronze – successful Self awareness statement.
  • Silver – successful Self awareness and Organisational awareness statement.
  • Gold – successful Self awareness, Organisational awareness statement and Solution oriented statement.

Graduate with the You and I Workforce connect factor;

Have self awareness

  • Understand and know themselves. (strengths and weaknesses as well as what are their personal values and motivation.)
  • They know how to relate to others, ‘emotional intelligence.’

Have organisational awareness

  • Understanding how organisations are structured.
  • How they function, and how they operate.
  • Understanding their culture and how to operate successfully in them as well as business ethics and customer and client needs.

Are solution oriented

  • Understanding and demonstrating competences in range of interrelated management skills.
  • Strategic and creative thinking.
  • Project management.

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