Education and Employers also undertakes research on education and employer engagement. In addition to undertaking its own research, an early priority of the charity was to make high quality robust research produced by academics around the world easily accessible to practitioners, employers and policy-makers.
Hosting popular seminars and international conferences on the subject, a strong community of interest brings new opportunities to share and debate insights from robust and reliable evidence. To make it easy to find good quality research to inform decision-making in the field, a unique, easily searchable online library of resources was launched in 2010. The library is used by thousands of colleagues in the UK and internationally every year. This collaborative approach has underpinned the charity’s commitment to public benefit and is set to continue.
Finding from the charity’s own research which are frequently quoted include:
- Statistically there is ‘nothing in common’ between the career aspirations of young people and labour market demand (2013)
- Young people who take part in careers activities such as jobs fairs and job shadowing are more positive about schooling and its helpfulness in adulthood (2016, 2017, 2017)
- The more young people encounter employers whilst in school (4 of more often being cited), the more they earn and the lower their chances of becoming NEET as young adults (2013, 2016, 2017)
- Structural changes in the operation of the youth labour market are making employer engagement more important for young people (2015, 2016)
- Independent schools have extensive links with employers and use those ties to give students advantages in their transitions out of school e.g. university admissions (2014, 2016)
- Evidence suggests that employment gains are more due to enhanced social capital and career knowledge than enhanced employability skills (2014)
- Those young people who have most to gain from employer engagement currently have least access to it (2017)
Through these pages, you will be able to search an extensive and growing library of UK and international research resources addressing the impacts and delivery of employer engagement in education.