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

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 players and stakeholders: young people, schools, colleges, universities, companies and organisations, government bodies, and NGOs. The seminar addressed the current position, overall context and detail of employer engagement, and the conditions necessary for this to be effective, both in the interests of early results and successes, and also from the point of view of making an enduring contribution to company and organisation effectiveness and prosperity.

Richard Pettinger is Principal Teaching Fellow (Reader) In Management Education at University College London, where he runs the undergraduate and graduate programmes in information management for business, a pioneering approach to the teaching and learning and application of business, management and IT/computer science education based above all on employer engagement. Prior to UCL, Richard worked in local and national government, civil engineering and employment services. He was also HR consultant director of a national children’s charity for fourteen years. Richard’s areas of research and consulting interest are in the behavioural influences on decision making processes, and the contribution that business makes (and ought to make) to society at large.

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