Joint Research – Education and Employers & Speakers for Schools

The research team at the charity Education and Employers are currently undertaking a new piece of research jointly with our sister charity, Speakers for Schools, which aims to explore the relationship between employer engagement and career education (in particular career insight talks) at the age of 14-19 and a young person’s attitudes, assumptions and perceptions of self.

The aim of this report is to combine new research and existing evidence that shows how young people’s encounters with professionals from a range of backgrounds can change how they see themselves, who they aspire to be as an individual, their potential and the attitudes they need to thrive in a complex and competitive job market. In a range of research since 2009, we have evidenced how through increased social and cultural capital employer engagement can improve economic outcomes. We are now investigating the “softer” “more immediate” outcomes as the result of hearing first hand from volunteers about their life journeys.


Call for Evidence 


Deadline to Submit – Tuesday 2nd April 2019

As part of this research, we are talking to a range of stakeholders. We are interested in hearing a varied voice from individuals and organisations who are well-placed to have an informed view of this subject. This will support us in understanding the existing evidence on the hypothesised relationships described above and will inform our logic model when conducting new analysis.

We welcome submissions related to the following areas:

  1. 1. Existing or forthcoming qualitative or quantitative evidence exploring the relationship between employer engagement, in particular career insight talks, and a young person’s attitudes, assumptions and perception of self. Examples include:
    – Attitudes towards learning, life and future careers;
    – Assumptions on capabilities and possibilities;
    – Development of social and emotional skills;
    – Development of social, cultural and identity capital.
  2. Existing or forthcoming theoretical and anecdotal research on why it is important to foster the outcome areas outlined above.
  3. Programme evaluations with meaningful analytical approach.

Submissions should not be limited to academic papers.

  • All submissions should contain a short summary (between 100-200 words or bullet points) describing the submitted evidence. Please limit your text to a maximum of 3500 words.
  • State clearly who the submission is from i.e. whether from you in a personal capacity, or sent on behalf of an organisation. If this is a personal piece, please also include a short biography.
  • We are interested in 14-19 age range

To submit, or if you have any questions about this call for evidence, please email: