A host of businesses and organisations have praised LJMU’s commitment to student employability.
The Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Sciences, Student Futures and the Faculty Student Experience Team worked together to host their first Employability Showcase in the Student Life Building.
The event brought together local employers, professional organisations, and academic staff to engage in meaningful discussions on employability-related topics.
Sharing best practice
Throughout the morning, faculty staff shared examples of employability practices within programmes. The faculty members included David Clampin (History), Paula Baines (LSS), Lindsey Metcalf-McGrath (Criminology), Frances Yeoman and Pete Leydon (Journalism), Juliette Carroll (History of Art) and Ange Garden (School of Education).
The event attracted a range of employers, including representatives from Big Heritage, Merseyside Police, Liverpool Film Office, the Home Office and more.
Round table discussions provided valuable opportunities to delve into topics such as student employability, LJMU's nine skills approach, work-based learning ideas and examples and offered insights from dedicated stakeholders.
Achieving the best graduate outcomes
These discussions fostered open dialogues on how LJMU can achieve the best graduate outcomes for our students.
The Employability Showcase received positive feedback from both staff and employers. One employer remarked: "I felt like the faculty was really open to listening to employers. There was a genuine desire to support students. It was great to feel listened to but also to hear ways as an employer I can provide better support."
Sarah Maclennan, ADE for APSS said: “We know our students have the skills to make a positive difference to their communities and wider society.
“Our focus on embedding employability skills and developing our students as confident professionals, creates agents of change.
“In APSS, we facilitate learning and discussion forums that lead to impactful actions. If you are interested in learning more about our work in this area, please get in touch.”