Employability Advice: Navigate or Integrate?

The Centre for Employability Excellence held the second in our series of virtual seminars, ‘Employability Advice: Navigate or Integrate?’ on 31st January 2024.

Employability practitioners support people whose needs cross several services such as housing, social services, health, education, and others. For many years, employability specialists have felt the need for co-ordination: supporting people into employment is both a benefit in its own right, and a contribution to other personal and social goals.
But co-ordination is not an easy challenge: policy goals, service priorities, organisation, eligibility criteria, budgets and responsibilities are often inconsistent. Should we focus on case-management, the navigation of complex systems and services? Or should we work harder to integrate at policy and service level?

The seminar provided opportunities for contributors to come together for thought-provoking and open discussion, sharing valuable insights and perspectives on the topics of today and of the future.

Our expert speakers, Michaela Zankl and Zac Ashkanasy FIEP joined our host David Imber FIEP to host the event. Michaela Zankl is Regional manager for Folkuniversitetet, Chair of the national team for quality, procurement and projects, Chairperson of ViS, Vuxenutbildning i samverkan and a Member of the IEP Steering Committee for Sweden.

Zac Ashkanasy, is Principal and Global Leader of Higher Education at Nous Group, an international management consultancy. Zac is a Fellow of the IEP and a former guest editor of the IEP Journal and will provide valuable perspectives on the coordination of education and employability services. The seminar theme ‘Employability Advice: Navigate or Integrate? will focus on how to get the best outcome from an educational system that has many possibilities as well as obstacles and we will also look at the complexities of employability, bringing real-world solutions.

Employability Advice: Navigate or Integrate? delved into different views of integrating employability advice in a wider support context and considered whether the most effective employability advice is integrated, navigated by employability professionals, or both.

You can watch the video recording here

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