Embedding Employability Exchange Initiative

Twenty-four higher education institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific are participating in an exciting initiative which is a partnership between Higher Ed Services (HES) Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and Online Peer Solutions (trading as Peer Review Portal) focused on institutional approaches to employability.

Since the beginning of 2018, institutions participating in the Embedding Employability Exchange Initiative (EEEI) have exchanged practice and reflected on how their current approach and infrastructure relates to both employability research and best practice. The employment challenge is currently one that is shared across many countries and in this respect there has been no better time to reflect on the readiness of institutions to support their graduates as they enter the ever increasingly competitive and global labour market.

The specific aims of the EEEI are:

  • Compare institutional processes and infrastructure for employability across the participating HE institutions;
  • Build capacity for HE institutions to participate in external referencing and exchange activity [institution-level, self-review and cross-institutional peer review] to improve their own educational performance; and 
  • Introduce Collaborating Institutions to an internationally recognised methodology for embedding employability at an institutional and program level in the form of the HEA Embedding Employability Framework. 

The initiative draws on two main higher education policy documents to inform the benchmarking methodology: The Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) Framework for Employability (2015); and the TEQSA Guidance Note: Work-Integrated Learning (2016). Click here for a list of participating institutions.

Important to Note on External Referencing

The TEQSA Guidance Note on External Referencing (includes benchmarking) (2018*) is ‘a process through which a higher education provider compares an aspect of its operations with an external comparator(s)’. The Peer Review Portal provides an online platform for an evidence-based process to guide and focus on improvement activities as well as share good practice across the sector.  The advantage of the Portal is that it can also link, as in this case employability outcomes and processes, to external review of assessment, program review, benchmarking and professional accreditation.

*The Peer Review Portal has been endorsed by TEQSA as an online support mechanism for external referencing activity.

Enhancing and Sharing Employability Practice Conference

The Enhancing and Sharing Employability Practice Conference will be held on 13 and 14 February at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast Campus. The first day is exclusive to institutions participating in the EEEI Project while day two is open to everyone interested in the topic.  Conference delegates also have the option of attending an Employability Symposium on 15 February hosted by Study Gold Coast. More information is available here.