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Title: Enhancing employability through leadership training
Authors: Willmot, Peter
Keywords: Employability
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Citation: WILLMOT, P., 2017. Enhancing employability through leadership training. IN: Quadrado, J.C., Bernardino, J. and Rocha, J. (eds). Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017, Education Excellence for Sustainability, Azores, Portugal, 18th-21st September 2017, pp. 356-363.
Abstract: Most university engineering degrees include elements of teamwork experience to a greater or lesser extent and students are frequently placed in positions of leadership. Few universities, however, actively develop leadership skills or provide targeted training as a primary objective within course modules. Leadership coaching is a competence that is outside the experience of most engineering academics and providing it offers a new challenge for them. This paper compares two models for teaching 'leadership', offered as options in the final-year of an undergraduate engineering programme. Both use methods far removed from the usual diet of lectures and examinations. One is focused around a semester-long activity where senior students take responsibility for a team of younger students undertaking an industrially-based project. It is supported by a series of activity-based workshops. The second has similar objectives but is very different in style; it encapsulates a three-day intensive outdoor management course that exemplifies team-work and leadership theory through hands-on activities and provides the main focus for precourse learning and post-course assignments. This paper describes the two variants and the philosophy that inspired them. A short survey reveals how a year-group of students responded to the different training methods and provides a comparison of the two educational models.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27779
Publisher Link: https://www.sefi.be/conference/2017-azores/
ISBN: 9789899887572
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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