Following in-depth interviews with THYME region bioeconomy employers covering all aspects of their experiences of graduate recruitment and employment, a report Interviews will also cover the skills and attributes respondents feel are essential and whether there is a perception of a ‘skills gap’ amongst graduate recruits.
Emma Peasland said: “This research has the potential to create a blueprint for educators to enhance their programmes and create the highly skilled graduates needed by the growing bioeconomy.”
The research has the potential to provide regional businesses the talent pipeline needed for the bioeconomy sector to flourish. To design an education framework that can embed key skills across multiple STEM disciplines in higher education to ensure that graduates seeking work have the necessary attributes to make a rapid transition from student to a productive member of the bioeconomy workforce.
As well as impact on the regional bioeconomy, there is potential for wider dissemination of the model proposed by the research team on a national scale, thereby impacting the education and employment practices across the UK.