Success Project

Chapter 7: Conclusion This handbook is the culmination of four years of work directed at one of the most severe challenges facing South Africa - youth unemployment. Based on the outcomes of the various stages of the SUCSESS project, which aimed to identify ways to increase the employability and work-readiness of graduates, the handbook recognises new and emerging pedagogies and new technologies for teaching in universities. The handbook serves as a practical guide for individual lecturers and teaching teams who wish to reflect and enhance their students' learning experiences and improve their employability through developing employability skills and engaging with employers within the learning process. The jobs market has evolved rapidly through a changing landscape of mega-trends such as climate change, sustainable development, globalisation and technological advancement, the latter being fast-tracked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry needs graduates to have skills that can adapt to the modern world of work, including both digital and human skills. Graduates must demonstrate higher problem-solving, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Soft skills also remain crucial for work readiness (particularly in the tourism and hospitality industries) and include communication, emotional intelligence, flexibility, organisational awareness and commitment, language proficiency, and the ability to multi-task with a can-do attitude. In South Africa, cultural awareness and the ability to work in a multi-faceted team is particularly important. As such, universities must introduce teaching and learning methods that support the development of these required skills. Collaboration between industry and universities is a critical driver for developing work-ready graduates despite university lecturers and industry partners facing many challenges. Achieving work-ready and employable students places a significant responsibility on universities to apply the most effective approaches to teaching and learning. 98