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Developing employability potential for design graduates through work based learning experiences in the global fashion and textiles industry

University of Bolton
17 June 2010 12:00-16:00

This free seminar is part of the Academy's Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series 2010 and is being hosted by the University of Bolton. Places are limited, so please apply a.s.a.p.

How do we educate our students for a global industry and provide them with a contemporary skills base to equip them to survive and flourish whilst competing with many others for scarce employment? This seminar aims to address this question and will be facilitated by Cassandra O'Connor (University of Bolton) and Lynne Webster (University of Leeds).
The seminar will share the findings from a large data set that one of the presenters has been collecting for several years. This data set is from major UK fashion producers, importers and retailers to whom students have been sent for work placements as part of their Fashion Studies degree. This workshop will provide insight into current trends and issues relating to the appropriateness of design curricula; interaction between academia and commerce; the employability of students; and overarching, employer needs within the discipline area.

The session would be of relevance to academics and professional staff that are engaged in the support of work-based learning activities not only in the Creative Industries but across the range of disciplines. The workshop would be particularly valuable to individuals that are responsible for curriculum content and design, and for those that wish to fully engage with the issue of utilising a range of technology led learning situations and tools within complex educational settings involving external employers and commercial organisations.

The workshop will be structured to allow ample opportunity for participants to engage in group work and discussion based around these themes. The intended outcomes of the event will be an increased understanding of the current graduate employability agenda and the use of technology in curriculum design and content in this field.

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