The X factor: employability, elitism and equity in graduate recruitment

Morley, Louise (2007) The X factor: employability, elitism and equity in graduate recruitment. Twenty-first Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2 (2). pp. 191-207. ISSN 1745-0144

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Knowledge acquisition, processing and transfer are given central importance in today's knowledge economy in the belief that the structure and reproduction of personal capacities require permanent updating of the human commodity workforce. These complex requirements are often encoded in the concept of employability. One consequence of the policy emphasis on employability is pressure on higher education to produce an increasing range of desired personal capacities. A further pressure is on graduates to demonstrate a range of norm-related 'soft skills' and dispositions. Employability has equity implications. Educational experiences and processes can contribute to the development of employability skills and socio-economic privilege can be transferred on to the production and codification of qualifications and competencies.

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Additional Information: This article is based on a HEFCE-funded research project on Employers' Needs for Information on Quality and Standards in Higher Education. Louise Morley was the Principal Investigator. Employers were asked to rate what skills, knowledges and competencies they prioritised in graduate recruitment and what part quality assurance ratings of universities played in their selection process. The project contributed to scholarship on the linkage between higher education and the labour market and how various stakeholders engage with quality discourses and processes. This piece of policy research for the Quality Assurance Framework Group (QAFG) at HEFCE contributed to policy development for the Teaching Quality Information website. The research was deemed `excellent' by the QAFG.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Louise Morley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:29
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 10:05
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