The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability

Lorraine Dacre Pool (Centre for Employability, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Peter Sewell (Centre for Employability, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 5 June 2007



The purpose of this paper is to introduce a straightforward, practical model of employability that will allow the concept to be explained easily and that can be used as a framework for working with students to develop their employability.


The model was developed from existing research into employability issues and the experience of the authors. The various elements of employability included in the model are discussed and their inclusion justified on the basis of existing research.


The model sets out exactly what is meant by employability, in clear and simple terms, and the model suggests directions for interaction between the various elements.

Research limitations/implications

The relationships between and the interaction of the elements within the model remain theoretical. Further research to test the model is planned and will be reported on at a later date.

Practical implications

The model can be used to explain the concept of employability to those new to the subject, and particularly to students and their parents. It will be a useful tool for lecturers, personal tutors, careers advisors and any other practitioners involved in employability activities. It will also be used to develop a measurement tool for employability.


This paper seeks to fill the gap between in‐depth, scholarly and complex articles or books about employability and very simple descriptive articles. It will be of value to anybody with an interest in employability issues.



Dacre Pool, L. and Sewell, P. (2007), "The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability", Education + Training, Vol. 49 No. 4, pp. 277-289.

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