Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a straightforward, practical model of
employability that will allow the concept to be explained easily and that can be used as a framework
for working with students to develop their employability.
Design/methodology/approach – The model was developed from existing research into
employability issues and the experience of the authors. The various elements of employability
included in the model are discussed and their inclusion justified on the basis of existing research.
Findings – The model sets out exactly what is meant by employability, in clear and simple terms,
and the model suggests directions for interaction between the various elements.
Research limitations/implications – The relationships between and the interaction of the
elements within the model remain theoretical. Further research to test the model is planned and will be
reported on at a later date.
Practical implications – The model can be used to explain the concept of employability to those
new to the subject, and particularly to students and their parents. It will be a useful tool for lecturers,
personal tutors, careers advisors and any other practitioners involved in employability activities. It
will also be used to develop a measurement tool for employability.
Originality/value – This paper seeks to fill the gap between in-depth, scholarly and complex articles
or books about employability and very simple descriptive articles. It will be of value to anybody with
an interest in employability issues.
Keywords , Employment, Career development, Higher education, Graduates, Modelling,
Paper type Research paper