Engineering Graduates for Industry: Rethinking our Approach to Skills Gaps, Context and Partnership

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14 May 2021 11:30 - 12:30
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Engineering higher education is inherently vocational, with degree programmes in engineering constituting professional training for the majority of graduates to progress into professional engineering careers. Nevertheless, for decades, industry has reported a graduate skills gap, highlighting a range of ways in which they perceive graduates to be ill-prepared for the challenges they face in their early careers (see, for example, IET, 2019 and previous year’s reports; Royal Academy of Engineering, 2007, 2010).

In this webinar, we will explore this challenge and ask why, with so many attempts to address the gap, the problem persists. We will consider the roles that students, universities, educators, industry, and recruiters need to play in building the professional capabilities of students, and also consider what expectations each of these stakeholder groups can reasonably have of the others.

The session will advocate for a partnership approach, including industry working with higher education to create and shape talent pipelines through providing authentic experiences and contextualising learning for students, and will offer some examples of how this can work most effectively.


To book onto this event, please click here. It is free for all to attend.


Dr Gary C Wood is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a specialist in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. He currently works at the University of Sheffield, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


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