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Experiential work-based learning as a social mobility mechanism for widening participation students, IN Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, No 38 Apr 2017, pp44-51

Considers the impact of an experiential work-based learning (WBL) programme aimed at enhancing the career development and social mobility of disadvantaged cohorts. Looks at changes in employability-related self-efficacy through WBL, such as communicating with professionals, working in a team, and creating solutions to problems; evidence of positive learning outcomes, including confidence in a careers context, increasing professional networks, and expectations of a professional setting; and evidence of the impact of the programme on social mobility and engagement with employability. Notes that the WBL scheme cultivated a productive relationship between the careers service and less advantaged students, while the targeted and wrap-around support enabled participants to identify how they had developed specific skills during the placement.


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Roberts, Rachel; Brammar, Laura; Cobb, Fiona
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