Student Employability Index Launched

Student Employability Index Launched

NCUB previewed the initial results from the student employability index at the project's launch event in London last night, in association with Compass Group

Photo: Gemma Wan

The Student Employability Index Survey is an exciting new piece of work from the National Centre of Universities and Business, undertaken in partnership with Compass Group.

NCUB has surveyed four thousand university students from across a range of twenty English universities in this pilot study. They have given their views on issues in four areas:

  • Quality, usage and value of careers and employability support
  • Feedback on part-time work, work experience and internships
  • Extent to which employability shaped subject choice and institution
  • Views on sectors for future employment

The launch event offered attendees a preview of the results in the first two areas. The full results will be available in a NCUB report to be published soon.

"37.9% of students surveyed had used employability services at their university, with 69% rating them either 'excellent' or 'very good'."

After NCUB CEO David Docherty welcomed guests to the central London venue, Compass Group's Robin Mills spoke about the how the project had come about during previous work with NCUB when the company had agreed on the need for a stronger evidence base on these issues. NCUB Director of External Affairs Aaron Porter then presented the preview of results.

He outlined that 37.9% of students surveyed had used employability services at their university, with 69% rating them either 'excellent' or 'very good'. There was an equally strong result on how important students felt it was for the university to have business and industry links, with 66% considering it essential and 95% essential or somewhat important. Students considered internships, work experience and placements to be the most valuable type of business-university link, with 92% considering this helpful.

The final report will feature breakdowns of results by subject studied, student's home region and university (anonymised).

The results sparked a good discussion in the networking event that followed the presentation. Below you can experience the evening with a selection of tweets from the night or you can view photos on our facebook page. The best way to ensure you don't miss the publication of the full results is to sign up for the NCUB newsletter.

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