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Learning to lead - peer assisted learning to develop student leadership and employability skills

Learning to lead - peer assisted learning to develop student leadership and employability skills

Rapley, Eve ORCID: 0000-0002-7672-6129, Hudson, Fran and Eftihou, Joe (2014) Learning to lead - peer assisted learning to develop student leadership and employability skills. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Placement and Employability Professionals’ Conference. ASET, pp. 19-22. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The aim of the interactive workshop is to outline the University of Bedfordshire PAL scheme, with a specific emphasis on how the scheme provides PAL Leaders (2nd/3rd year UG students) with the opportunity to develop and enhance the ‘soft skills’ skills demanded by graduate employers. Wright et al. (2010) from The Work Foundation wrote about the apparent misalignment of education and employability, with particular criticism upon the lack of soft skills: “Improving the nation’s skills profile – both hard (qualifications) and soft (generic skills) – is therefore essential to the future prosperity of the UK. The debate about employability and skills has been long-standing.

After many years there has been no revolution and we are still discussing a lack of ‘employability skills’, with education providers remaining focused on qualifications targets rather than preparation for the workforce. Softer skills, such as communication, will grow in importance in an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy”. More recently, the British Chambers of Commerce (2014) indicated concerns that, “too many young people are let down by weaknesses in how they organise themselves and interact with others”. In response to this, the PAL scheme at Bedfordshire has been designed to encompass elements which allow for this important ‘soft skills’ development to take place.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2014 Placement and Employability Professionals’ Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: PAL, peer learning, leadership, employability
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
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Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 12:23
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30679

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