June 15, 2016

‘I don’t know where to find the careers adviser… He has disappeared’

June 15, 2016

‘‘I don’t know where to find the careers adviser… He has disappeared’: The impact of changes to careers advice on 14-16 year olds in University Technical Colleges and schools’ By Acquah, D.K., Limmer, H. & Malpass, D. In Research Papers in Education. 2016. Find the article here. This research aims to explore the variation that […]

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May 25, 2016

How to make the most of employer engagement: six tips for school and college staff

May 25, 2016

By Anthony Mann Over recent years, UK and international research has made a consistent and compelling case that the quantity and quality of employer engagement experienced by young people while in school or college makes a significant difference to how well they do in the world of work in their twenties.  Education and Employers Research works […]

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May 20, 2016

‘”Not a university type”: focus group study of social class, ethnic, and sex differences in school pupils’ perceptions about medical school’

May 20, 2016

By Trisha Greenhalgh, Kieran Seyan and Petra Boynton In British Medical Journal. 2004. Article is available here. The authors seek to highlight the views of 14-16 year olds to understand why young people from particular socioeconomic backgrounds are more, or less, likely to apply to study medicine at university. Six schools in London contributed to the […]

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March 1, 2016

Why conference about Employer Engagement in Education?

March 1, 2016

In this blog, conference chair Anthony Mann explains the ambition of the conference and encourages scholars and researchers to join international discussions and offer a paper. The call for papers for the London Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training is open until 31 March. This summer will see an unprecedented coming together of […]

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February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids by Robert Putnam

February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam, New York: Simon & Schuster By Rachael McKeown Robert Putnam is a world renowned social scientist, famously publishing on the decline of civic engagement within American society and elevating the topic of social capital within policy circles. In his book Bowling Alone […]

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February 11, 2016

Why does employer engagement make a difference to young people?

February 11, 2016

By Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research, Education and Employers Taskforce, and Steven Jones, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, in Engineering UK 2016. It is now more than fifty years since the British state first acted to enable schools to bring workplace experience into the schooling of young people. The 1963 Newsom Report paved […]

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January 28, 2016

Lost in transition: VET, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship

January 28, 2016

By Iván Diego, Entrepreneurship Education Project Coordinator for VALNALON. e-mail: ivan@valnalon.com twitter: @ivandiego “Plain common sense seems to suggest apprenticeships could be used to further advance the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills but regardless of such potential, experts acknowledge most apprenticeship schemes currently in place do no explicitly train entrepreneurship skills.” (OECD, 2010). The title is an attempt to capture what has […]

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January 15, 2016

International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 21 and 22 July 2016

January 15, 2016

What difference does it make when employers work with education and training providers?  How can employer engagement best be delivered? Conference presentations and videos Conference programme Conference abstracts Conference speakers Delegate list Conference pictures Read our conference blog This joint conference hosted by the Education and Employers Charity and the Edge Foundation, with support from the […]

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January 14, 2016

‘The impact of financial and cultural capital on FE students’ education and employment progression’

January 14, 2016

Emma Norris & Becky Francis In Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence, Mann, A., Stanley, J. & Archer, L. (eds), London: Routledge (2014), pp.127-139. The book is available here. This chapter draws upon notions of social (in)equality and economic (dis)advantage to discuss how the career outcomes of young people are shaped by cultural […]

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January 12, 2016

‘A theoretical framework for employer engagement’

January 12, 2016

Julian Stanley & Anthony Mann In Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence, Mann, A., Stanley, J. & Archer, L. (eds), London: Routledge (2014), pp.36-52. The book is available here. This book chapter conceptualises employer engagement in education through the ‘life course’ theory – arguing that life is contextually constructed in a social and […]

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