Following up on the introduction of the three-cycle degree system, the Ministers asked BFUG to consider in more detail how to improve employability in relation to each of the cycles as well as in the context of lifelong learning.
The outcome of the Working Group on Employability 2007-2009 is to report to BFUG on how to improve employability in relation to each of the three cycles as well as in the context of lifelong learning.
The Working Group on Employability 2007-2009 purpose is to promote good practice in a range of areas, including
The identification of good practice could be achieved through a combination of national surveys/reporting, research analysis and conference/seminars.
The first step would be to establish a co-ordinating/working group to consider the remit set out in the London communiqué and decide how best to respond to that. It would be helpful if this could happen before the end of October or early in November so that a work programme can be agreed.
Increasing employer engagement is key to improving employability. Any action that can be taken to raise the awareness of employers across Europe about the Bologna process and increase their involvement would be particularly helpful. It is important that employers should be more engaged in the Bologna process across all our countries than they currently are. A conference that focuses on the employers’ perspective and involves a range of different employers, including medium sized enterprises, international corporations and public authorities, will be a key element of the work programme.
The group will also need to consider how best to disseminate examples of good practice, eg developing materials; use of websites.
Possible elements of a work programme for consideration:
Liaison with other action lines: Need to link with any work on lifelong learning and to liaise closely with stocktaking group. This will be achieved through co-operation and communication with the appropriate working group chairs.
In its final report that was endorsed by BFUG at its meeting on 12-13 February 2009 the working group made the following recommendations to governments and higher education institutions: