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Our work in the UK resonates internationally (see our mission statement).

Across the world, countries are looking to find ways to enable schools and colleges to work with employers as effectively, efficiently and equitably as possible in order provide young people with the best possible preparation for their working lives.

Our flagship volunteering platform, Inspiring the Future in the UK, has attracted considerable international interest, from areas as diverse as China and California, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, Kenya and closer to home the Isle of Man. Although the core Inspiring the Future platform is a UK-funded resource for activity in the UK, we see the relevance of our work internationally, as well as the benefits in participating in and learning from a global community of interest.

The challenges might vary from country to country – high youth unemployment, skills mismatch, poor social mobility or youth alienation – but the underlying issues are often strikingly similar. Stronger partnerships between the worlds of employment and education can form part of any solution to these challenges.

Our international research

We have responded, in recent years, to requests to present research in the United States (with the National Academies Foundation and at Harvard University), Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Greece (CEDEFOP) and in Cyprus.

Our research programme is strongly international in flavour with recent speakers at conferences and seminars including: Professor Robert Schwartz, Harvard University; Andreas Schleicher, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Nancy Hoffman, Jobs for the Future; (USA); Alexa Joyce, European Schoolnet; Sulieman Sulieman (UNESCO); and, Alison Taylor, University of Alberta (Canada).

The Education and Employers charity has also been supporting the work of Sue Yang from the Seoul Education Office in South Korea. Sue undertook a tour to gain an insight into work experience and employer engagement in the UK as well as other European countries. During her visit to the UK Sue visited several employers to see how they engage with schools, as well as attending event at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall organised as part of the Education and Employer’s ‘Inspiring Women’ campaign. The results of this visit and others can be seen in her publication.

Read an interview with Sue Yang.

Our unique research library includes details of publications on employer engagement in education from across the globe.

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To become an international partner

We want to share our experience to help disadvantaged young people elsewhere in the world, as well as to learn from innovative activities overseas. If you would like to discuss any international activity with us, please get in contact:

Nick Chambers
Quantum House
22-24 Red Lion Court
Fleet Street
London EC4A 3EB
Tel: 0207 566 4880

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