Connecting the worlds of learning and work

In this new report, the Australian organisation the Mitchell Institute have emphasised the importance of school-industry partnerships in Australia’s education system.

Connecting the worlds of learning and work

The report addresses a collective challenge for education and employers: ensuring that all young people in Australia develop the skills and capabilities that will enable them to succeed in the future of work. The authors advocate a new system to support industry partnerships in all schools. Both schools and industry play a role in ensuring that all children and young people are given learning opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential and develop the skills and capabilities that are needed in future jobs.

The report refers to research carried out by Education and Employers on a number of occasions using our recent work with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to explore the different approaches to school-industry partnerships to offer flexibility and breadth. The authors go on to highlight the range of outcomes that effective employer engagement, or as they term it ‘school-industry partnerships’ can contribute to including: Increasing student engagement and participation in learning linked to future careers, Building students’ awareness and aspirations for a broad range of new and emerging careers, including STEM careers.

The report goes on to highlight the three things governments can do to improve school-industry partnerships in Australia:

Value and measure school-industry partnerships at the system level
Track where partnerships are happening, what they involve, how effective they are, and who is missing out.

Make sure school-industry partnerships are a priority in all schools
Partnerships need time and resources. Teachers need time to engage in partnerships and access learning and support to form them more easily.

Make it easier for all parties to engage in school-industry partnerships
Address the barriers:

  • structural barriers: regulatory and governance issues
  • information barriers: finding partners and understanding mutual needs
  • equity barriers: ensuring partnerships in schools that could benefit the most.

Read the full report here.