Learner Capability and Employability

Wed 22 May


16 McBride St, South Dunedin

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Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


16 McBride St, South Dunedin

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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 advisors
• Recruiters
• Anyone interested in the future of learning

PRESENTER: 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.