The University of Bolton is committed to helping students to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that will help them to gain employment and remain employable.
The University has developed a three year Employability and Enterprise Strategy which has six key strategic priorities. They are:
- To coordinate, establish and strengthen our collaborative links with employers, professional bodies and alumni in order to increase the number of employer-related activities and job opportunities.
- To increase the opportunities for all students to gain relevant work experience through placements, internships, work-based projects, work-based learning and volunteering on a co-curricular and extra-curricular basis.
- To ensure the skills, qualities and graduate attributes aligned to employability and enterprise are embedded effectively within the curriculum.
- To effectively market and raise the profile of employability and enterprise activities with all key stakeholders.
- To develop an enterprising and entrepreneurial culture amongst our staff and students.
- To ensure that all students have access to high quality careers informaiton, advice and guidance by enhancing universal and targeted provision.
For further details about the strategy please click here.
Why employability is so important?
Competition for graduate jobs - A degree is no longer enough! Graduates have to compete locally, nationally and internationally for graduate vacancies. Only those that have the right mix of skills and experience will be able to compete successfully.
Fulfil expectations - Prospective students and parents expect a degree to help improve chances of securing good employment. Students are customers who are paying more and therefore expect more in return.
No jobs for life - There is no longer the guarantee or the security of a job for life; a more transient and flexible approach is needed in today's work environment.
Learning and Teaching - Employability plays an important role in the implementation of the L&T Strategy. It is part of good learning practice, and students that engage with the employability agenda are more likely to be independent, reflective and responsible learners.
Employer Involvement - Employers are more likely to work with and target opportunities at universities where they feel students have developed the employability skills that they require. Involving employers through placements, case studies and guest lectures can help them apply theory to practice.
Accreditation - In some programmes employability links to requirements for accreditation from professional bodies.
Student Motivation - A focus on emloyability can encourage student motivation, leading to better results for your subject area, which has a knock on effect in national league tables.
For the University:
Competition amongst institutions - There have been dramatic changes in HE provision in the UK with shifts in the graduate recruitment market. The more emphasis we place on employability across the whole institution the more prepared students will be for the labour market ahead.
Reflected in performance indicators - All universities are measured on their graduate destinations and compared with other institutions on a national basis through various league tables. this can have a massive impact on recruitment.
Positive experience - If students have a positive experience and can see the added value of studying here, then this in the longer-term can help with retention issues, involvement with the Alumni and greater interest in postgraduate study and CPD development.