The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its Green Paper on higher education. As well as a new regulator called the ‘Office for Students’, the document outlines how the Teaching Excellence Framework could operate, and unveils plans to make it easier for new institutions to receive the power to award degrees.
The Chartered Management Institute partners with UK higher education institutions to equip students with the skills they need to meet the needs of employers. Ian Myson, CMI’s director of HE partnerships, welcomed the green paper:
“This is great news for employers looking for work-ready graduates, and students looking for value for money and solid job prospects at the end of their studies. Students and employers alike will benefit from professional qualifications being embedded in university courses, as well as from improved student experience and engagement through a range of curriculum enrichment support.
“We know from our research that 75% of employers want graduates to have practical and professional skills alongside their academic knowledge, and that so-called soft skills such as communication and team working are highly desirable. We look forward to building on our current work with our HE partners, to help them meet TEF requirements so that students gain more real-world experience and insight to prepare them for their future careers.”
Full press release on www.managers.org.uk