Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning: Volume 13 Issue 1


The journal of the University Vocational Awards Council

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A bibliometric review of research on employability: dataset from Scopus between 1972 and 2019

Ngoan Thi Dinh, Luong Dinh Hai, Hiep-Hung Pham

Employability has long been a concern of scholars because of its complicated nature and changes in the requirements in labor markets to meet the new requirements of the Industrial…

Enhancing self-perceived employability via a curriculum intervention: a case of “The global marketing professional” module

Rebecca C. Padgett, William E. Donald

Drawing on human capital and sustainable career theory, this paper aims to explore university students' views regarding their self-perceived employability following participation…

Higher education students’ motivation to transfer learning: a scoping review

Doreen Bredenkamp, Yvonne Botma, Champion N. Nyoni

There is a need for higher education to produce graduates who are motivated to transfer learning into the workplace. Motivated graduates are work-ready and associated with…


Intention to use Internet of Things (IoT) in higher education online learning – the effect of technology readiness

Eiman Negm

This study examines higher education students' technology readiness level in explaining adoption intention toward educational Internet of Things (IoT) needed for online learning.


Diversity skills for future teachers: how transformative learning prepares pre-service teachers for diversity in Austrian schools

Katharina Resch

Mezirow's theory of transformative learning aims to evoke change on a deeper level of learning. This qualitative study with 38 pre-service teachers enrolled in a Master's degree…


The value proposition of construction apprenticeships in Ireland: a construction management university student perspective

Cathal Ryan, Darragh Faherty, John P. Spillane, Jim G. Bradley, Mohamed Issa, Elma McMahon

To examine the perspective of third-level university students in the context of the value proposition of construction apprenticeships in Ireland.


Academic performance and work placements: does academic performance influence the decision to complete a work placement?

Michael McCann, Michael Hewitt

There is strong evidence that year-long work placements make students more employable and produces better academic performance. Despite this, UK participation rates remain…

Preparing the youth for the future of work through apprenticeship programme in Brunei

Siti Fatimahwati Pehin Dato Musa

This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the government-incentivised i-Ready programme in alleviating youth unemployment in terms of the transition from education to the…

The roles of experience and gender in shaping work values

Brian Waterwall, Cody Logan Chullen, Dennis Barber, Tope Adeyemi-Bello

This paper aims to examine work values among job seekers and how these values differ across experience and gender.

Students' career interests and entrepreneurship education in a developing country

Fred Awaah, Peter Okebukola, Juma Shabani, Helen Arkorful, Dorcas Adomaa Addo

Students' career choices and programmes of study are perceived to influence student understanding of many courses. Yet, research attention is limited on entrepreneurship education…

Exploring the perspectives of engineering undergraduates on employability and employability building activities

Simon Howell, Wayne Hall, David Geelan

This study was conducted to gain a better understanding of engineering students' perceptions of the meaning of employability and the activities that contribute to employability…

Investigating forms of graduate capital and their relationship to perceived employability: an application of PLS predict and IPMA

Shikha Agnihotri, Atul Shiva, Farha Naz Khan

The study aims to assess the relationship between cultural capital, human capital, psychological capital, social capital and perceived employability of management graduates.

University student experiences of work-based placements during COVID-19 pandemic: an inter-disciplinary survey of allied health and social work students

Duana Quigley, Claire Poole, Sinead Whiting, Erna O'Connor, Claire Gleeson, Lucy Alpine

Work-based placements are central to the university education of allied health and social work (AHSW) students. As a result of COVID-19, the clinical learning environment of…

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