Teaching with Impact: The Use of Live Briefs to Develop Employability Skills and Confidence

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Teaching with Impact: The Use of Live Briefs to Develop Employability Skills and Confidence
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Sanita Nezirovic, University of Derby, United Kingdom


Meaningful work experience is one of the main routes to success after graduation, and increasingly employers are seeking those with experience and key employability skills (decision making, organisation and confidence). However, due to student numbers, industry simply does not have capacity to cater to this demand. A solution to this barrier is work experience via Live Briefs. A Live Brief is an employer-led project/task and is an innovative way of providing direct industry experience to all our students with real-world problems and challenges them to come up with a creative solution or ideas that benefits the organisation and their personal employability skills. This presentation aims to showcase the effectiveness of the Live Briefs in collaboration with key external industry partners, across our Forensic Science programmes to strengthen our student’s employability skills and confidence. The work created by students is used by the organisations in national databases for consideration of industry practice reviews and future directions. Preliminary results indicate that 100% (n=62) of students on this project have shown an increase in their confidence, quality of communication, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, and organisation skills. Thematic analysis of focus groups also indicates the key benefits as personal growth, networking, and awareness of career opportunities that would have otherwise remained unknown to them. Awareness of additional careers opportunities may help in successful graduate outcomes. All organisations involved have reported the benefits of using such projects including time saving, staff cost, and access to opinions that have led to stronger policies and practices.

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