April 21, 2012

Work Experience: Impact and Delivery – Insights from the Evidence

April 21, 2012

This report published by the Education and Employers Taskforce presents findings from recent research, considered by the charity’s 2011 Working Group on Work Experience, on the value of work experience to young people within the contexts of: clarifying career aspirations, getting into university, academic attainment and employment. It also examines the quality of work experience […]

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February 21, 2012

It’s Who You Meet: Why Employer Contacts at School Make a Difference to the Employment Prospects of Young Adults

February 21, 2012

** Please note that deeper statistical analysis of data first presented this report identified lower levels of improvements in NEET outcomes than initially set out in this publication.  Please see Anthony Mann’s blog of 15 November 2015 ** This report published by the Education and Employers Taskforce examines youth unemployment within the UK and provides […]

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January 24, 2012

Work Experience & Social Mobility: Understanding the Issue and Bucking the Trend

January 24, 2012

This seminar focused on the problem of work experience favouring those with social capital rather than promoting social mobility. Abstract: Work experience has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of young people. Unfortunately, according to research carried out by Hatcher & Le Gallais in 2008, all too often work placements tend powerfully […]

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September 21, 2011

Assessing the Return on Investment, Evaluation and Impact of the Young Apprenticeship Programme

September 21, 2011

Published by Creative & Cultural Skills, Baker Tilly and the Education and Employers Taskforce This study considers the impact of the Young Apprenticeship Programme, which was introduced in 2008 and for which take-up has increased rapidly. There have been more than 700 completions to date, with the current cohort comprising 210 learners. The project has […]

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July 22, 2011

How and Why Employers are Engaged to Support Student Learning and Progression in High-Performing Independent Schools

July 22, 2011

This seminar focused on the role of employer engagement in independent schools. Abstract: The seminar addressed three questions: 1) to what extent do high-performing independent schools engage with employers to support pupil learning?, 2) why do they do it? and 3) how do they go about it? It drew upon data generated from a range of sources: […]

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April 22, 2011

Girls’ Career Aspirations

April 22, 2011

A report by Ofsted Despite the fact that girls tend to outperform boys academically at school, this does not relate to the success of women in the labour market in terms of either careers or pay. In particular, women are much less likely to work in science, engineering and technology sectors than men. Between June […]

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October 22, 2010

Early Occupational Aspirations and Fractured Transitions: A Study of Entry into ‘NEET’ Status in the UK

October 22, 2010

A report in the Journal of Social Policy, October 2010 (Yates S, Harris A, Sabates, R. and Staff, J.) This report summarises analysis of the British Youth Cohort Study, comprising data from over 17,000 individuals born in Britain in April 1970. Logistic regression is used to estimate the impact of aspirations, educational expectations and socio-economic […]

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October 21, 2010

What Is To Be Gained Through Partnership?

October 21, 2010

This Taskforce report published on 15 October 2010 pulls together robust UK and international evidence on employer engagement. What is to be gained through partnership? provides high quality evidence about the benefits of education and employer engagement to young people, schools and employers, including recent research: from the US demonstrating 11% higher wages eight years after […]

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October 21, 2010

The Point of Partnership: The Case for Employer Engagement in Education

October 21, 2010

The paper highlights research in four areas – staff development, staff engagement, recruitment, and corporate reputation – and concludes with a case study demonstrating how volunteering can be beneficial for business. Findings show that there are significant benefits for employers and employees across the four research areas from engaging with education and young people. Owing […]

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August 22, 2010

Pre-16 School Work Experience and Civil Engineering Careers

August 22, 2010

A report by Hamill, L. and Hodgkinson, L., Proceedings of ICE – Civil Engineering, 163, pp.131-136 This report examines results of questionnaires and interviews conducted with UK education-business partnerships (EBPs), university students and engineering companies and consultants, questioning the extent to which pre-16 work experience (WEX) affects recruitment of young people into civil engineering courses […]

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