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ERIC Number: EJ793096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Reassessing the Value of Work-Experience Placements in the Context of Widening Participation in Higher Education
Bennett, Roger; Eagle, Lynne; Mousley, Wendy; Ali-Choudhury, Rehnuma
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v60 n2 p105-122 Jun 2008
A questionnaire was distributed to the heads of graduate recruitment in 900 British firms querying the recipients' views on (1) the main benefits alleged to accrue to students on vocational degrees who complete work experience periods; (2) the value for graduate employability of paid work undertaken during term time and vacations; and (3) the contributions to employability of academic group work within vocational degrees. A conjoint analysis examined the participants' evaluations of the relative importance of a job applicant having graduated from a programme that included a work placement, compared with the candidate possessing a "good" class of degree, a qualification from a pre-1992 university rather than a post-1992 institution, and a degree with substantial group-work content. It emerged that (despite the many changes in the British higher education environment occurring over the last couple of decades [top-up fees, widening participation, students engaging extensively in term-time employment, etc.]) most of the respondents held generally positive opinions regarding the usefulness of work placements. Sample members also tended to favour job applicants whose degrees had contained elements of group work. The class of degree a person had obtained and the type of university attended were seen as substantially less important for employability than whether the individual had completed a work placement. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom