Embedding Skills Into The Curriculum

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1. 2. Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles & Design Cath. Fenton Lecturer Jeanette Graham Careers Adviser Embedding skills into the curriculum Professional Career Readiness 3. Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles & Design Why? Employability & Professional Career Readiness main focus of Universitys strategic plan. Improve graduate destination figures Combat fall in league tables 4. Heriot-Watt University School of Textiles & Design Employability, preparing students and graduates with the essential skills beyond the intricacies of the discipline for a career in the fashion arena. 5. Fashion graduatesnot onlyneed an impressive portfolio, they also require: creative talent and abilities to produce new variants technical knowledge in product realisation solutions to the age-old problem of clothing the body skill to develop refreshing and exciting awareness of design in a contemporary context 6. 7. Fashion graduatesnot onlyhave to have an impressive portfolio: But also : Commitment and drive Motivation and enthusiasm Team working Oral communication Flexibility and adaptability Customer focus Problem solving Managing own learning and career Commercial awareness Planning and organising 8. Session 04/05 implemented a strategy to intersperse activities into the curriculum at all levels to enhance Professional Career Readiness (PCR) Looked at 3 areas of PDP focus and integration: Academic core skills Personal/Career skills Reflective skills for students 9. Graduate employability skills Achieved an informed understanding of the requirements for employment through: Placement provider feedback Graduates feedback Graduate employers feedback Guest speakers from the industry Industrial Advisory Group 10. 11. Based on SCQF levels, Academic Skills Coach undertook an audit of employability skills already in the curriculum through: Questionnaires to academic staff Lecturers looking at skills in each module Activities and assignments in each course Specialist skills workshops delivered either by lecturer or Academic Skills Coach 12. Embedded in the curriculum Oral, visual and written presentation Live projects Teamwork to achieve common goals Self and peer assessment Reflective analysis Also Encourage work placements (compulsory in FT) Discipline related vocational employment 13. 14. Live Projects in curriculum Current: Woven fabric manufacturer - Holland & Sherry Giftware retailers Hallmark Specialist dye manufacturer - B & H Liquid Crystal Resources Ltd Textile design agent - Chris Judge Using environmental friendly fabrics Gardening Scotland 15. 16. Professional Career Readiness Sessions delivered by Careers Adviser for all years of all courses from year one. All sessions are timetabled for all students Attendance is taken at each class and passed to Course Directors Encouraged and supported by academic staff No formal assessment 17. Professional Career Readiness classes Four courses FDI, TFDM, FT and DfT Year One Delivered as part of Registration programme to all 1 st year students and Direct Entrants: Careers Service Induction Introduction to employability skills and expectations of graduate employers. 18. Professional Career Readiness classes Year Two Building on, recording and reflecting on skills Writing CV/covering letter. Individual CV/letter checks Year Three Career planning and work experience Career options fashion/textile occupations and skills required 19. Professional Career Readiness classes Year Four Graduate job searching Application procedures Interview skills Also: All students offered individual help and advice Separate programme for Placement Students Same programme for School of Management students on Campus 20. Professional Career Readiness classes Get Started Programme 21. Professional Career Readiness classes Guest Speakers Textile Embroiderer theatre; couture; design and production Director CAD/CAM company advanced technologies for the Clothing industry Senior Retail Consultant Former CE of Aquascutum global sourcing and the impact on the Western World . BHS Quality Manager career and experiences/advice. 22. 23. Results - PCR & Embedded Skills Rates of Graduate level employment steadily increasing 03/04 - 46.4% 04/05 - 56.3% 05/06 - 73.4% 06/07 81.4% 24. Professional Career Readiness classes Benefits: Closer links with academic staff Higher profile of Careers Service amongst students More awareness of the needs of the industry Students better informed with regard to where/when/how to apply for jobs Marked increase in number of students applying for work experience 25. Professional Career Readiness classes Issues : Attendance can vary Raised expectations Very labour intensive Requires back-up resources Relies on support from academic staff 26. Preparing graduates for a successful career in the global fashion industry


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