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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre
Employability Skills

Skills Development Training

Providing training in employability skills is an excellent way to help students reach graduation with the skills and qualities employers expect them to have. We are always keen to have employers support us with the delivery of interactive workshops and presentations, mock interviews, and more. Whilst the purpose of skills sessions is not for recruitment, it is still an opportunity for you to increase your profile at the university.


There is no charge to deliver skills training at Durham University.
We will advertise the event, book a room and take the bookings.

Ways to get involved

Skills Workshops

Interactive skills workshops help to develop students’ employability skills in an in-depth and hands-on way.


Typical topics include:

• Communication skills
• Teamworking skills
• Leadership skills
• Entrepreneurial skills (problem solving, initiative, innovation etc)
• Help with writing successful CVs and applications
• Succeeding in interviews and assessment centres
• Passing psychometric tests

Guidelines for workshops:

• They should be generic and be applicable to other organisations as well as your own. You can use examples from your own company but they must be able to be related to others
•They must involve interactive/practical elements

The session should cover:

  • An explanation of the particular employability skill
  • What employers are looking for in relation to the skill topic
  • How the student can be developing their skills at university
  • How this is applied in the workplace
  • How to demonstrate the skill to prospective graduate employers


The advised length of a workshop is 1 - 1 ½ hours


Full guidelines for workshops


Mock Interviews, Mock assessment Centres and CV drop-ins


These are always very popular with students. They give students a realistic idea of what to expect in the recruitment process, and a chance to receive feedback.


Typical sessions include:
• Mock interviews – full guidelines for mock interviews
• Mock case studies
• CV clinics/drop-ins
• Mock assessment centres

Express your Interest


If you would like to be involved in providing skills training for any of the above or have any questions please contact:


Clare Ebdon
Skills Development Officer

The Palatine Centre
Durham University
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE

Email: employability.skills@durham.ac.uk
Tel: 01913341444

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