Hi Ruth,


Anne de Bruin and Ann Dupuis   in  ‘Making Employability ‘work’  The journal of Interdisciplinary Economics – 2008   19,  399 – 419    have a really good section on the history of the term,

Referring to Gazier 1998 within their discussion… 


Hope that helps,






Dr Ann Pegg

Academic Lead: Student Employability


Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum

The Open University

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From: Ruth Ann Smith [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: When did the term 'employability' first appear in policy?


Hi All


It has been a pleasure to read all the posts over the last week and I am hoping that some of you may be able to help me with this conundrum.


Does anyone know when the term ‘Employability’ was first coined in educational policy? I am doing an EdD looking at the transitions of creative students and wondered when the idea of employability was recognised by policy-makers.


Have a good weekend all.




Ruth A Smith

Knowledge Transfer, Employability and Enterprise

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