Second Education and Employers Taskforce Research Conference 2011

‘Exploring social mobility and delivery mechanisms in international perspective’

University of Warwick, 12th October

Speakers Included:

Professor Robert Schwartz (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Dr Jan-Eric Sundgren (Senior Vice-President Public and Environmental Affairs, Volvo Group), Professor Alan Brown (Warwick Institute for Employment Research), Professor Prue Huddleston (University of Warwick), Professor Chris James (University of Bath), Professor Ken Mayhew (University of Oxford), Dr James Stone III (University of Louisville, USA), Dr. Sulieman Sulieman (UNESCO) and Professor Alison Taylor (University of Alberta, Canada)

Conference Programme Committee 2011

The following people sit on the Conference Programme Committee 2011


The second research conference by the Education and Employers Taskforce Research Group explores themes related to employer engagement in education, from primary level through to higher education provision. The focus is on school, college or university based approaches which engage employers to support student learning, progression and institutional performance.

Papers address themes, in UK and international perspective, of social mobility – differential impact on life courses, and delivery mechanisms by which employers are involved in education. Key topics include: work-related learning (WRL) from key stages one to five across the curriculum and in HE; STEM and Modern Foreign Languages; work experience; pupil mentoring; employee governors; WRL learning programmes; impacts on employers and employees – staff recruitment, development, engagement and corporate reputation.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Robert Schwartz (Academic Dean and Professor of Practice of Educational Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education), lead author, Pathways to Prosperity (2011).

Dr Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Vice-President (Public and Environmental Affairs), Volvo Group, European Co-ordinating Body for Maths, Science and Technology.

The Inaugural Conference

The inaugrural Taskforce research conference took place at Warwick University in October 2010.