Session 13

'Skilled worker does not mean stupid': why we need to articulate skills as essential in HE for employability.

Presenters:
Professor Martin Loomes, PVC, Executive Dean Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University London
Dr Celia Bell, Head of Department Natural Sciences, Middlesex University London
Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu, Head of Department Design, Engineering and Mathematics, Middlesex University London


Abstract:
The rhetoric around apprenticeships and FE reforms often focuses on the notion that HE is all about intelligence and knowledge, whereas skills only appear in FE colleges. In the symposium we will challenge this, and discuss how we have been reinstating skills as an essential part of learning within the faculty of Science and Technology. 

Key words:
Policy, employability, problem-based learning.