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CE 954 Employability and Labour Markets

Module leader: John Gough

Module running in 2022/23.


This module enables participants to develop knowledge and understanding of the relationships between organisations and labour markets in relation to individual's career development, and to integrate and apply this in a range of career development and career coaching contexts and practices.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Identify organisational perspectives on career, discuss the formation and role of policy and describe sources of labour market intelligence.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge by critiquing the impact of organisations and policy on career development and coaching.
  • Creatively apply and integrate understanding of organisational perspectives, policy and labour market intelligence into own practice
  • Present material in clear written form by identifying, analysing and applying key texts and practices using appropriate and adequate structure, spelling, grammar, syntax, length and referencing.

Outline Syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Consideration of participants' prior experience of organisations and labour markets in relation to
  • Exploring the relationships between organisations and labour markets.
  • Evaluating the role of policies (both public and private sector) in the provision of services for
    career development and coaching.
  • Analysing organisational perspectives on career studies.
  • The role of policy in provision of services for career development.
  • Researching and understanding labour markets.
  • Understanding contrasting forms of labour market intelligence.
  • Using labour market intelligence in career development and coaching.
  • Ethics and values in relation to organisations and labour markets.

Summary of teaching

30 hours of blended learning that is predominantly intensive, residential workshops with further materials provided via a virtual learning environment supported by a module reading pack and tutorial support.

Module timing and duration

Usually, this module runs once a year. See Modules and Key Dates.


The assignment consists of a 5000 word project (100%). Typically, participants are asked to research and analyse available information about one aspect of the labour market (a role, location or sector) and critique career development policy in a selected area.


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Key dates and modules