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Liverpool John Moores University

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A whole university approach to employability

The World of Work Certificate is not a typical university employability award. The programme is not “bolted on” or peripheral. It is an employer-informed model connecting both students and staff at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) more closely to the World of Work.

“The experience of nursing students can be enhanced by completing the World of Work Skills Certificate and will really improve their chances of securing a job.”

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General
Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing

“We are looking for knowledge of business skills, business planning and project and event management. They are vital in the world of arts and culture. The World of Work Skills Certificate gives LJMU students the competitive advantage that no other university will give them.”

Lyndsey Fryer, Head of Learning at The Tate

As part of the initiative, the University’s degree portfolio has explicit work related learning and the development of eight key graduate competencies embedded within
all academic programmes. Employers regularly provide student placements and internships, guest lectures, “live” student projects, World of Work “In Conversation” sessions on campus and host World of Work “Uncovered” visits to employer premises.

Students identify, develop and seek verification for these key competencies through three written statements assessed against criteria developed with employer partners. Volunteers from employer partners conduct a final interview and award the World of Work Skills Certificate to successful students meeting the criteria.

Students recognise the value of the programme. In 2011/12, 96% of students would recommend World of Work sessions to a friend; 98% agreed World of Work sessions were relevant and well delivered; and 89% were more confident about managing their future and moving their career forward as a result.

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