April 24, 2013

Comparative Research into the Experiences of Vocational Learners Across Seven European Countries

April 24, 2013

This seminar presented the findings of the 7EU project to inform the policy discussion on vocational education in the UK. Abstract: The 7EU project is a pioneering attempt to investigate and compare the learning experiences of vocational learners across Europe. The research is intended to provide a European and comparative perspective to discussions about practice […]

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March 19, 2013

Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020

March 19, 2013

By Dr Anthony Mann (Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers), David Massey (UKCES), Peter Glover (UKCES), Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Research Analyst, Education and Employers) and James Dawkins (Research Analyst, Education and Employers). A report in the Taskforce’s Occasional Research Papers series in collaboration with b-live and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers […]

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February 14, 2013

“Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous”: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations

February 14, 2013

Louise Archer et al in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 21:1 (2013) pp.171-194 Archer et al investigate discourses surrounding popular femininity and the importance of social background and social capital in career aspirations and educational or vocational attainment, in relation to science and STEM aspirations. The perception that science is a field for white, middle class […]

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May 21, 2012

Enterprise Education: Value and Direction – An Interim Report

May 21, 2012

This joint interim report published by the Education and Employers Taskforce and Pearson Think Tank highlights the widespread variation in access to entrepreneurship education at school. It sets out the first findings of an extensive review of the future of enterprise and entrepreneurship education in England, supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. […]

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March 15, 2012

Employer Engagement – A Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) Perspective

March 15, 2012

This seminar provided a synthesis of knowledge and experience to date in the fields of employer engagement with young people. Abstract:  Using a strategic HRM perspective, this discussion looked at the strengths and shortcomings of practice at present and over the recent past, and proposed ways in which engagement can and ought to become institutionalised among all […]

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December 21, 2011

The Economic Case for Language Learning and the Role of Employer Engagement

December 21, 2011

Published by the Education and Employers Taskforce argues the economic case for language learning in Britain and how employers can help. The decline in language learning is holding back both young people and UK plc. The report highlights consistently high employer demand for people with foreign language skills and how our lack of skills in effect […]

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November 16, 2011

Young People’s Career Aspirations

November 16, 2011

This seminar discussed the useful insights that can be learnt from studying young people’s aspirations. Abstract: Drawing on an ongoing, five year longitudinal study (funded by the ESRC) of young people’s science aspirations from age 10-14, the paper highlighted some of the key factors that influence and shape young people’s aspirations. Examples were drawn from the first […]

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September 7, 2011

Work-Related Courses in a Canadian Province – How Teachers and Students create a Culture of Vocationalism

September 7, 2011

This seminar focused on the lessons to be learnt from vocational education programmes in Canada. Abstract: What makes a course vocational? This seminar discussed the vocational aspects of the curriculum of five work-related programmes in a school board in Canada. Central to the seminar was a consideration of the concept of vocationalism and the work-related […]

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July 21, 2011

The Importance of Experience of the World of Work in Admissions to Russell Group Universities: a Desktop Review of Admissions Criteria for Six Courses

July 21, 2011

By Anthony Mann with Charlie Spring, David Evans and James Dawkins This report contains information gathered from desk-based research that was undertaken in spring 2011 which investigated the relevance of work experience with regards to the admissions policies of undergraduate courses at Russell Group universities. It investigates whether this cohort of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) […]

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June 21, 2011

A Study into the Experience of School Governors Recruited Through the Open University

June 21, 2011

Published by the School Governors One-Stop-Shop (SGOSS) The Open University has encouraged 300 students, staff and alumni to apply to be school governors. This report analyses that recruitment drive, the training given and the reasons behind their volunteering. Read ‘A Study into the Experience of School Governors Recruited Through the Open University’

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