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DkIT Embedding Employability

The DkIT Embedding Employability Initiative funded by the National Forum, as part of their Strategic Alignment for Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund 2019.

News Update

DkIT Employability Statement and PCs Graduate Attribute Framework accepted by Academic Council, Autumn 2021. See Academic Policy Design & Approval of Programmes section of Academic Policies pages.

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The DkIT Embedding Employability project represents the latest step in the Institute’s commitment to our graduates’ employability.

Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, as part of their Strategic Alignment for Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund 2019, the project has offered staff, students, and employers an opportunity to exchange employability best practice Institute-wide and to voice-together their vision of the DkIT graduate.

We have aimed to highlight the best examples of employability activities across the Institute and enhance them through a series of project outputs. Among these are a set of DkIT graduate attributes, a framework to guide the Institute, and a toolkit for staff.

This process of collaboration with these key stakeholders has informed the development of an authentic set of DkIT graduate attributes and a bespoke DKIT employability framework. This project has provided a valuable showcase and roadmap for employability at DkIT, and has delivered the following:

  • DkIT Graduate Attribute Framework
  • DkIT Employability Statement & Framework
  • An Employability Guide which provides a mechanism to map graduate attributes and embed employability activities in programme design and delivery

Download Employability Statement

Project Team

  • Project Lead - Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers & Employability, DkIT
  • Research - Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham; Dr Jonathan Hodgers.

Project Steering Group

  • Dr Moira Maguire, Head of Centre of Learning & Teaching, DkIT
  • Maria Roddy Freyne, Hospitality Lecturer, DkIT
  • Pat McCormick, Head of Civil Engineering & Trades, DkIT / Dundalk Chamber
  • Taidgh Kavanagh, Student Union President
  • Raymond Murphy, Regional Skills Fora Manager
  • Anthony Murray, Employability Advisor

Reports & Frameworks

You can also view all of the Embedding Employability Project documents on SlideShare at

Questions about the project?

  • Catherine Staunton
  • DkIT
  • Head of Careers & Employability