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Learner Capability and Employability

Innovation that is good for the world: 

- Interim findings of the Learner Capability Project


A  presentation  to  employers  about  the  capabilities  they've  told us  they  want  graduates  to  have  on  starting  employment,  and how  technology  (an  e-portfolio)  can  help  employers  have confidence  that  job  applicants  actually  have  the  soft  skills,  or capabilities,  that  they  claim,  and  also  capture  ongoing  learning by  employees.


In  the  first  phase  of  this  project,  academic  staff  interviewed employers  from  a  wide  range  of  industries  and  professions  to test  and  validate  our  identified  learner  capabilities. The  results  will  reveal  how  employer  priorities  differ  depending on  the  disciplines  in  which  the  learners  have  graduated.    This data  will  immediately  inform  programme  design  and  delivery, to  provide  learners  with  opportunities  to  acquire  these capabilities  and  to  gather  evidence  of  their  capabilities,  which they  can  use  in  applying  for  employment  after  graduation.


  • Business  owners  who  employ  staff
  • Managers  and  supervisors
  • HR  and  training  advisers
  • Recruiters
  • Anyone interested in the future of learning


2.5 Hours


Andy Kilsby

In  his  role  of  Director:  Employability  at Otago  Polytechnic,    Andy  Kilsby  leads the  Learner  Capability  research  project. Prior  to  joining  Otago  Polytechnic, Andy  led  the  Malcam  Charitable  Trust, a  nationally  recognised  provider  of youth  development  services.  He  also enjoyed  a  17  year  management  career in  the  finance  sector,  working  for  three major  New  Zealand  banks.  He  has extensive  governance  experience  in secondary  education,  NGO  and community  development  organisations.

Course Dates

Dunedin 22 May 2019 05:00 pm - 07:30 pm OSEA, 16 McBride Street, South Dunedin


Free for members
$ 30.00 + GST for non-members


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