5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2018 – Presentations from the conference

Day one – Thursday 5th July 2018


Breakout session one

Employability skills

Helena Knapton (Edge Hill University) – What do employers want? A study of three professional pathways

Stella Williams (Newman University)- Employability as a personal construct: Understanding the role of employers in education for employability

Professor Bill Lucas (University of Winchester) – International perspectives on how education offers solutions to tackle skills mismatch and shortages

Antonio Ranieri (Cedefop) – The future of work and the changing role of Vocational Education and Training


Employer engagement in primary 

Jordan Rehill (Education and Employers) – Drawing the future: exploring the career aspirations of primary aged children

Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Education and Employers) – The role of primary teachers and schools in improving post school progression

Ruth Fortmann (PhD candidate, London School of Economics) – Role models and educational attainment: Evidence from English primary schools

Dr Pam Hanley and Dr Maria Turkenburg (University of York) – Employer engagement: too little, too late?


School to work transitions 

Gillian Considine (The Smith Family, Australia) – Supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed at school and beyond.

Katy Morris (European University Institute) – Getting a job where there are no jobs: Local labour markets and the transition from education to work

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (CFE Research) – User insights: Research into post-16 choices



Jose Manuel Galvin Arribas (European Training Foundation) – Decentralization for an attractive & innovative VET System in Ukraine: Good multilevel governance on the spotlight

Carmen Nicoara (PhD candidate, Kings College London) – Mind the gap: The integration of polycentric models of governance in the local English VET system

Alister Bould (Inspiring Governance) – Connecting employee volunteers with schools/colleges governing boards

Madeleine King (Mixed Economy Group of Colleges) and John Widdowson (New College Durham) – Higher education in Further Education colleges: leading the challenge


Breakout session two

VET Qualifications 

Dr Joanna Williamson (Cambridge Assessment) – Examining the use of technical qualifications within Key Stage 5 programmes of study

Dr Eleanor Andresen (Pearson) – Investigating the impact of standard based apprenticeships

Dr Sylvia Vitello and Dr Simon Child (Cambridge Assessment) – Vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds: exploration of knowledge, skills and teacher perceptions


VET Policy – UK and international perspectives 

Arlene Thompson (Government of the Virgin Islands) – Bridging the gaps between VET policy, practice and apprenticeship – an international perspective

Professor Ken Spours (UCL Institute of Education) – Post-16 area reviews in London: moving to a more collaborative phase for further education?

Dr Lynne Rogers (UCL Institute of Education) – Post-16 progression to vocational education: the impact of accountability measures on low and middle attainers



Tami McCrone (NFER) Andrea Laczik (Edge Foundation) – Project based learning in university technical colleges (UTCs). How are employers engaged?

Diane Gomery (EdD doctoral student, UCL Institute of Education) – University Technical Colleges: Leadership’s perceptions of the technical education on offer and the value of employer engagement

Dave Knapton (University of Sunderland) – Ensuring an effective engineering HE provision for STEM engaged applicants from UTC Education

Professor Ann Hodgson (UCL Institute of Education) – Beyond employer engagement: exploring the nature of partnerships working for skills development in East London


Breakout session three

Vocational and academic pathways – role of employers

Chris Cooper (British Council) – International Reflections on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Governance’

Professor David Kane and Dr James Williams (Birmingham City University) – Vulnerable young people, employers and VET

Dr Susan McGrath (PhD candidate, UCL Institute of Education) – “With a degree I’ll get a good job.” A role for employers in UCAS decision-making?

Olly Newton (The Edge Foundation) – Our plan for higher education: Diverse, employment focussed, value for money


Employer engagement – Benefits and examples

Andrew Stogdale (Inspire 2 Learn) – There’s more are the door! The successes and stresses of running successful employer engagement with schools in a grand scale

Siobhan Eke (Adnams)- Food for Thought: Growing food, growing people, growing business.

Alex Warner and Alice Eardley (Activate Learning) – Meaningful English and Maths

Tom Bulman (Work Tree) – Measuring the meaningfulness of brief employer encounters


Apprenticeships and VET pathways – International comparisons 

Professor Thomas Deissinger (University of Konstanz) – Employer commitment in the German apprenticeship system – tensions, paradoxes, and the challenge of academisation

Amelia Peterson (PhD candidate, Harvard University) – Different but equal? The role of equivalency policies in sustaining secondary VET

Ivan Diego Rodriguez (Valnalon) – Exploring graduate tracking and alumni relations in VET school. A case study of European countries.

Dr Philipp Struck and Professor Franz Kaiser (University of Rostock, Institute for Vocational Education) – Increased educational aspirations and their consequences for the vocational education system in Germany.


Employer engagement in education 

Professor Tristram Hooley (Careers and Enterprise Company) – State of the nation 2: Careers and enterprise provision in England’s schools

Christian Percy and Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Education and Employers) – Socialised social capital: Insiders or outsiders, who do you trust? Engaging employers in school-based career activities

Ewan MacRae (PhD candidate, Queens University Belfast) – Engaging teachers in evidence-based practice: Challenges and opportunities

Janet Hanson and Professor Bill Lucas (University of Winchester) – The role of leadership in increasing employer engagement among teachers


Day two – Friday 6th July 2018


Breakout session one

International VET comparison 

Professor Erica Smith (Federation University Australia) – Some international developments in apprenticeship: current issues of concern

Dr Hilary Steedman (CVER) – Building apprentices’ skills in the workplace: car service in Germany, the UK and Spain

Olly Newton (The Edge Foundation) – Policy Learning from VET models in the US

Sidse Frich Thygesen, Kristian Klausen and Signe Emilie Bech Christensen (DEA) – Age, gender and competencies: Opportunities and disadvantages of profound social partner engagement


Employers perspective 

Vanessa Dodd and Dr Jill Hanson (University of Derby) – Using empowerment theory to contextualise employer engagement: evidence from a teacher externship intervention

Professor Melanie Simms (University of Glasgow) – Understanding employer engagement with apprenticeships in the UK

Bethany Fovargue (CILT UK) – Pupil Engagement: a collaborative employer perspective


Youth labour market – traineeships and work-based learning 

Dr Elizabeth Knight (Monash University) – Higher vocational education – what does it mean for vocational education?

Hayley Dalton (Pearson) – Anatomy of effective work placement: a framework for deliverers and developers

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (CFE Research) – User insights: Research into post-16 choices

Gillian Wylie and Patrick Watt (Skills Development Scotland) – Wider impacts of apprenticeships


The future of skills 

Jay Derrick (UCL Institute of Education) – How do high-performing organisations make use of informal modes of learning and team-working to support innovation?

Duncan MacDonald (OECD) – The end of job stability? Recent trends in labour market mobility across OECD countries

Liz Watts (EdComms) and Natasha Palladino (School 21) – Developing a new model for employability: an action research project

Andrea Laczik (The Edge Foundation) – Skills competitions: the experiences of past competitors


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5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2018 - Presentations from the conference