Boosting employability skills
In an increasingly competitive employment market, employers are looking beyond simple academic achievement when considering applicants for a job or internship
Many now expect to see evidence of other skills and achievements that boost someone's attractiveness as a potential employee
Businesses want graduates who not only add value but who have the skills to help to transform their organisation in the face of continuous and rapid economic and technological change. All graduates - whatever their degree discipline - need to be equipped with employability skills.
Employability covers a broad range of non-academic or softer skills and abilities which are of value in the workplace. It includes the ability to work in a team; a willingness to demonstrate initiative and original thought; self-discipline in starting and completing tasks to deadline.
News and publications
CBI backs new traineeship programme
The CBI has welcomed the discussion paper on a new traineeships programme, published by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.
Education and Skills Survey: What the press said
Coverage of CBI/Pearson study that revealed many employers' dissatisfaction with the school system
Building for growth
CBI Education and Skills Survey 2011
Working towards your future
Making the most of your time in higher education
Future fit - preparing graduates for the world of work
Preparing graduates for the world of work