Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Threshold moment

What is emerging in the field of Employability Skills in FE and adult skill is that nearly everyone I speak to in clearly understands the importance and necessity for fostering and showing the full range of Employability Skills and it is easily accepted as central to the purpose of FE. It is explained invariably as providing … Read more

Technology for the many to Technology for the one opens new possibilities in presenting Employability Skills

Having spoken to over 20 people with a different view of this topic I am finding plenty of commitment to Employability Skills and appreciation that technology has a role to play, but there is very limited understanding of how technology can be used to help the capture, marshal, summarise and present the results of all … Read more

Categorising the Skills

I am starting to get a better picture of how FE is meeting the employability challenge. Firstly it is clear that everyone has got the message that FE funding will be less next year and no-one will survive unless they are able to attract customers from local employers and that will mean meeting their training … Read more

The T-shaped Employability Skills

So much is happening in the FE world on this subject. As Public funding is getting tighter, the ability of colleges and others to demonstrate their economic value to the local economy grows. Employability (including self-employability) of students is the critical success factor. Beyond the qualification is the ‘line of sight’ to employment and that … Read more

My starting position

This is going to be my starting point. What employers want from employees is more than technical competence evidenced in a qualification. What these employability skills are is complicated by four challenges: 1. The sheer range of training, the levels of entry supported and employment opportunities supported by FE means that no one pattern has … Read more

Request for case studies and good practices

As part of our study, Geoff and I are seeking to establish HE/FE sector activities, good practices and case studies in the area of developing and communicating student employability skills enabled by technology. If you would like to share your practices, challenges and ideas, please contact either myself ( or Geoff  ( – Geoff is … Read more