Title: Delivering Employability for Higher Education
Presenter and affiliation: Dr. Mohamed Baqer – University of Bahrain

                                            Mr. Cameron Mirza – University of Bahrain
Intended Audience: Academic staff
Duration: 1 day: 8:45 AM to 3:00PM
Location: S45-006 ZAIN E-Learning Center, Sakheir Campus, University of Bahrain

Summary:

Living and working in today’s high-order skills intensive world, is placing additional pressures on higher education institutions to further prepare learners and equip them with employability skills. There are various definitions describing employability. There is, however, a common theme in all of these definition. All the definitions focus on the success and effectiveness of the graduate, and places learners in center of this reform. Nonetheless, employability is more than just securing jobs for graduates, employability skills are a lifelong skill set that encamps empowering learners with abilities to be effective, efficient and productive in general.


In general, Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) and Programs Intend Learning Outcomes (PILOs) claim to be designed to prepare learners for the labor market by equipping learners with communications, critical thinking, team, and ethics skills. A preliminary analysis of learning outcomes and assessment methods across higher education programs shows that generally learning outcomes are knowledge-driven and focus on the development of learners’ knowledge in the subject area. Existence of other skills and competencies is very limited and generally assessed using limited project-based assessment methods -which also highly focused on the development of knowledge and application of knowledge instead of employability skills.

This workshop intends to provide hands-on experience on employability skills and how to employ them to modernize programs and units. The participants are going to be exploring employability concepts, principles, and practices. Participants are expected to be able to reflect on their teaching practices and learners’ assessment and enrich their units with employability skills.


Learning Outcomes:

After the completion of the function, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define and prioritize employability skills.
  2. Apply employability practices to evaluate the employability gap in programs/courses


Link to UK Professional Standard Framework (PSF):

The workshop focuses on enhancing teaching and learning by enriching programs and units with employability skills (K2). Aim of this workshop is to allow the participants to evaluate programs and units and complement the design of programs and units with employability skills (A1,A2).  The workshop is highlighting the research and Higher Education Academy employability framework (V3)..