HE White Paper Will Drive Value for Money

“Driving up excellence in education will boost employability”

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has welcomed the Higher Education and Research white paper’s identification of the need to raise teaching standards and the employability of students.

CMI partners with UK higher education institutions to equip students with the skills they need to meet the needs of employers. Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy and external affairs, commented:

“Embedding professional qualifications in university courses and enriching the curriculum through closer dialogue with business will shape a new generation of work ready graduates. Driving up excellence in education will help develop highly educated, business-ready graduates.

“Worryingly our research shows that employers have a low awareness of how courses have moved on, with two fifths lacking confidence that business schools understand their needs. We’re keen to act as interpreters to bridge this gap, and look forward to building on our current work with HE partners to help them meet TEF requirements and deliver courses that through real-world experience better prepare students for working life.”

The white paper from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, “Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice”, sets out the Government’s plans to publish employment and graduate earnings data and places a renewed emphasis on student employability. This includes the establishment of an independent regulator to promote choice and competition and the publication of employment and graduate earnings to help prospective students make better informed choices.

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