The UK Commission for Employment and Skills identifies 6 key principles for success in employability skills development. The Universities Business Challenge delivers on all 6 principles, which are:
Shelagh Green, Careers Service Director, Edinburgh University
Joy Moloney, Senior Education Development Fellow, Faculty of Engineering & the Environment, University of Southampton
Based on real workplace practice: with real employer involvement and people outside the learning environment.Yes for UBC.
Experiential: putting principles into practice, learning from mistakes and observation of self and peers. Yes for UBC.
Personal: with active engagement, challenging inappropriate behaviour and supporting self-improvement. Yes for UBC.
Reflective: offering frequent opportunities to observe progress and challenges, and learn from them. Yes for UBC.
A structured and integrated process: personal development planning, advice & guidance, recorded. UBC provides helpline and team progress to university staff and a certificate of participation for each team member.
Strong institutional leadership and resources: ideally through a whole institutional review. UBC works with university employability staff to promote the value of the UBC experiential learning challenge among participating universities