The impact of work placements on skills development and labour market outcomes for business and management graduates

Wilton, N. (2012) The impact of work placements on skills development and labour market outcomes for business and management graduates. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (5). pp. 603-620. ISSN 0307-5079

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2010.532548

Abstract

It has become a received wisdom that the completion of a work placement as part of a sandwich undergraduate degree is of positive benefit both to graduates and employers, particularly in an era that stresses the economic contribution of higher education through developing graduate employability. This benefit is two-fold: first, work placements positively contribute to the development of generic employability skills; second, placements provide a ‘head-start’ for graduates at the start of their careers. This paper explores the value of a work placement in these two areas for a cohort of business and management graduates who completed their undergraduate studies in 2003, drawing upon both longitudinal quantitative and qualitative data. Whilst the qualitative data provides a positive assessment of the benefits of a work placement, the quantitative data suggests a more complex relationship between work placements, skills development and labour market outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Available online before print: 24th May, 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords:British higher education, generic skills, graduates, labour market, employment outcomes
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:14497
Deposited By: Dr N. Wilton
Deposited On:13 May 2011 13:30
Last Modified:19 Nov 2013 13:41

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