Key findings from our research

Download a summary of our research into employer engagement.

Our research has been frequently cited in UK government strategies and papers, including the recent UK Industrial Strategy (2017), the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy (2017) and Careers statutory guidance (2018). Our work has also been published in a number of academic journals, including the leading international Journal for Education and Work. It has formed the backbone for many delivery programmes across the UK and internationally.


• 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)

• Children’s aspirations are shaped by their gender and who they know. The patterns of jobs chosen by seven-year-olds mirror those selected by 17-year olds (2018)

• The more young people encounter employers whilst in school (4 or more often being cited), the more they earn and the lower their chances of becoming NEET as young adults (2013, 20142016, 2017)

Structural changes in the operation of the youth labour market are making employer engagement more important for young people (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 (2012)

• 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)