We understand the responsibilities that universities have for supporting students to develop knowledge and the skills that will support their transition into full-time employment. We understand that universities are measured through TEF metrics and DLHE data.


Universities and Colleges are well organised on the employability and skills agenda, offering work placements as part of the study programme or work experience opportunities through curriculums as well as embedding employability within assessment and learning.  

However, like all HE and FE institutions, there is increased pressure to achieve high employability rates following graduation.  In response to this demand and to help ease the pressure on the educational establishments, Retinent Ltd has developed the Employability+ programme.  

Our solution supports your institution to focus on the development of employability skills for students.  The programme both empowers individuals to develop in particular areas and allows you, the institution, to offer targeted support to enhance the individual’s profile.

The Employability+ programme utilises a test which builds on  Resilience+ (MTQ48), and creates a profile of the student, identifying areas where support is needed.  To do this we use a new tool called Carrus.  Carrus is a tool designed in conjunction with over 500 employers to assess employability aptitudes and thus identify areas for development.  A key element is Mental Toughness (as described in Resilience+), supplemented by further questionnaire analysis covering:

Employability+ (Carrus)

Product Summary

Employabilty+ (Carrus) is an online aptitude and resilience analysis tool which identifies individual strengths and weaknesses and enables targeted support and development. Improved employability outcomes are a demonstrated deliverable ​

Employability Key Qualities

The programme focuses on key qualities which describe Employability. Research with almost 500 employers showed that, with resilience, these are the core areas in which they are most interested. Qualities which are consistently associated with performance, wellbeing and the quickest transition into new and different roles.


From the individual’s perspective, this identifies the qualities they should develop and demonstrate that will, both, prepare them best for the world of work and enhance their employability. This is very transferable from job to job.


From the employers perpective, Carrus assesses those attributes which produce “good attitude and behaviour”.

Abilities (What)

  • Numerical

  • Spatial

  • Verbal

  • Mechanical

Skills in dealing with people (who)

  • Team working & self reliance

  • Altruism

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Assertiveness & Co-operativeness

Motivation & Drivers (Why)

  • Contentiousness

  • Concern for Standards

  • Ambition

  • Continuous Personal Development

Skills in dealing with problems (How)

  • Problem solving

  • Creativity

  • Organisation

  • Continuous improvement

Interested in improving the employability chances of your students ?
Get in touch today to understand how we can help you