Uni to make work skills central to studies

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A NEW scheme at the University of Portsmouth will see all students given employability skills training alongside their academic courses.

The initiative, which involves posting a careers adviser to every department to teach alongside academics, is part of a major drive by the university to encourage its 20,000-plus students to develop real-life skills and help them find jobs after their studies finish.

Julia Hughes, head of the university’s department of employability, said: ‘Employability skills are really about life skills but many students struggle with identifying the skills they’ve gained from part-time jobs, volunteering and other extra-curricular activities.

‘We need to help them learn how to express those skills in job application forms and interviews.’

She added: ‘By building much stronger bridges between every academic department and our careers advisers we will ensure work – and life beyond university – is embedded into teaching, learning and assessment for every student no matter what they are studying.’