Section 2

Defining Employability and the Nature of Outcomes

In order to design and implement effective programmes and to provide a basis for M&E, sport-for-employability organisations need to define the outcomes that they are seeking to achieve (i.e., the various components which constitute employability). However, the rather vague and often ill-defined nature of ‘employability’ raises difficulties in defining precise desired and measurable outcomes. It is not always clear what constitutes ‘employability’ and therefore what attitudes, values and skills programmes should be seeking to reinforce or to develop in participants. Further, as we will see, many of the concepts implied by the notion of employability are similar and overlap in several ways, making the choice of precise measurement instruments more difficult.