The Employability and Skills Agenda within the New Regulatory Framework

With the new regulatory framework now launched, read how graduate employability will be assessed by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) has now released the much anticipated new regulatory framework under which it will operate as the regulator for higher education in England from April 2018. The regulatory framework has offered key guidance on how the OfS will carry out its new role and the conditions for registration by higher education institutions.

Here’s what the new regulatory framework has to say on the employability agenda within higher education:

A Regulatory Objective

The OfS sets out progression into employment and further study as one of its four core regulatory objectives. The framework highlights the aim of ensuring qualifications hold value over time to support students of all backgrounds into employment.

Informing Student Choice

The OfS will collect and deliver information for students to inform decision making in the options available within the higher education sector. This information will also have an employability focus with the OfS publishing information on student outcomes, as well as the needs of employers to guide students when considering university and course opportunities.

Collaborating with Employers

The framework outlines a commitment to collate information and data, in coordination with employers, to ensure that the higher education sector is able to effectively meet the needs of industry at both a national and regional level.  In particular the OfS seeks to ensure student choices are informed by the higher education skill requirements of employers and industry.

A Performance Indicator

Graduate employment and student progression will act as one of the OfS’ lead indicators into the performance of HE providers. The OfS will regularly analyse data from providers and other sources on student outcomes with student transition to professional jobs and postgraduate study acting as a key measure of an institution’s performance.

Conditions of Registration

A central condition of registration under the new framework is for all providers to deliver successful student outcomes, with a particular focus on skills that are valuable to employers or enable postgraduate study. Graduate employment will be a key indicator of the extent to which providers are succeeding and the views of employers in the value of a particular course or institution will also be a feature in considering whether an institution is delivering for it students.

The full regulatory framework from the Office for Students can be viewed here: Securing Student Success: Regulatory Framework for Higher Education in England

To further explore the future of graduate skills and employability within the Office for Students (OfS), join the Graduate Employability Conference 2018 on 20th June in Central London.