Embedding Skills Into The Curriculum

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  • 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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